COQUET

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports - DAVID CAR­RICK.

THERE HAS been a se­vere prob­lem with the North Side Sluice gate at the Guyzance fish pass. Northum­ber­land Es­tates have been busy work­ing on the South Sluice Gate as this was in need of re­pair be­fore work could be­gin on the North Gate. It was hoped that this re­pair would only take a mat­ters of a cou­ple of weeks. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency are aware of the fish deaths that have oc­curred which in­cludes lam­preys, eels and smaller fish in­clud­ing brown trout and some smolts. The Northum­ber­land Rivers Trust has of­fered to help the Northum­ber­land Es­tates and the new owner of the north side of the weir that re­cently col­lapsed and drained a sec­tion up­stream of the weir. This south side sluice had been re­paired al­low­ing the failed north side to be re­paired. The re­pair needs to be car­ried out be­fore the main au­tumn runs of sal­mon and seatrout. This fail­ure of the sluice means that the fish counter is cur­rently dry. It is hoped that counts from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency will be re­ceived for May, June and July. An­thony Shanks caught a 12lb sal­mon on a Mepps fish­ing near the Black Bridge. A few sea-trout in the 3lb class were also caught. A 5lb grilse was landed at High Park on the Fel­ton beat of the Northum­brian An­glers Fed­er­a­tion. A 4lb brown trout was caught on a Mepps on the lower beats of the Northum­brian An­glers Fed­er­a­tion. An­other good trout of 1lb 12oz was caught near Roth­bury. Re­ports from the river in­di­cate it has been the worst sea­son in me­mory. Oc­to­ber has in the past been a pro­duc­tive month on the Coquet with fly an­glers of­ten en­joy­ing some fine sport with late run­ning sal­mon and sea-trout. Bright pat­terns do well when the river is car­ry­ing some colour and the more som­bre pat­terns do well when clear. Spin­ning baits should in­clude Fly­ing Cs and Mepps. Ra­palas are also pop­u­lar on the river. Fish should be well spread up into the up­per reaches.. Many rods vis­ited Northum­brian Wa­ter’s Font­burn Reser­voir where sport has been good with trout chas­ing fry. Lures such as Cats Whisker, Hu­mungous and Black Fritz have been ef­fec­tive. Some fine rain­bow trout to over 5lb have been caught -

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