Sur­vey says happy dace here again

Sunday Sun - - Angling - BY PAUL ARM­STRONG

A RE­CENT sur­vey by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency to as­sess the num­bers of dace in the River Tyne turned out to be a great suc­cess with very en­cour­ag­ing re­sults. Helped by coarse an­glers from the Tyne An­glers Al­liance and other fish­ing clubs, the sur­vey con­cen­trated on a dozen lo­ca­tions be­tween Kielder and Watersmeet.

The sur­vey showed good num­bers of young dace in the mid­dle reaches, com­pared to the 2017 sur­vey when al­most all dace caught were older fish. This bodes very well in­deed for the fu­ture stocks on the river, and hope­fully lots of these dace will be feed­ing to­day when the pres­ti­gious Steve Roberts Memo­rial match takes place.

Can all an­glers please note that the Match Lake at Whit­tle­dene is now closed for the fore­see­able fu­ture, due to low water level and steel and dan­ger­ous ac­cess. Lev­els are ex­pected to drop even fur­ther as Northum­bria Water con­tinue work on the reser­voirs. Fish­ing is still avail­able on the North­ern and Great South­ern.

Shaun Walker took the hon­ours in last Sun­day’s Open at Eden Grange with a nice 68lb 12oz net. Cal­lum Parker fol­lowed with 51lb 8oz ahead of Babsy Walker with 46lb.

The good nets of roach are still be­ing recorded at the Der­went Reser­voir, with catches close to 30lb be­ing recorded this week. Tick­ets for the Der­went Cham­pi­onships on the 18th of this month are sell­ing very well.

Sun­der­land FAC have an­nounced that mem­ber­ship is now open for new mem­bers for both the top and bot­tom lakes. Se­nior fees are £25.00, Ju­nior and Con­ces­sion­ary fees are £15.

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