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North East Regional Championship 2017
This years regional championships were held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Forest Lane Fishery near York. The two days prior to the match had seen very heavy rain which would have an adverse effect on the fishing.
Competitors were greeted on arrival by the organising force which this year was Durham Police. After a hearty breakfast the draw was made to decide who would fish where.
The two lakes chosen to host the championships were The Don and Furlong.
Fishing for Northumbria were Dave Brown, Kevin Hood, Ray Westgarth and Steve Holmes.
Luck of the draw had Dave and Ray fishing the Don with Steve and Kevin fishing Furlong.
Although the weather was fine there was a strong wind gusting at times to almost 45 mph which made the fishing difficult.
The fishing was as hard as everyone predicted with only odd fish being caught. Dave and Ray persevered fishing a method feeder towards the island pick up odd fish.
As time was called Dave hooked a fished and played it towards the waiting net however the hook pulled out and the fish was lost. Dave did not know how costly that would be.
It became apparent after the weigh in that this had been a very close team match. The results were announced Cleveland and North Yorkshire police both having 11 points but it was Cleveland who took it on weight with 90lb to North Yorks 78lb. Northumbria were in third place on twelve points. If Northumbria had managed to drop one more point they would of won the regionals as they had a superior weight.
This was an excellent team performance and Northumbria's best result for a number of years.
Dave Brown was individual second place weighing in 48 lb 5 oz, the lost fish at the end costing him the opportunity to win the individual title.
A great performance non the less.......well done fellas.
 
 
 

Durham Invitational The Oaks, Sessay, North Yorkshire, Sunday 25th June 2017

The Third match of the season was held on Maple lake, The Oaks, North Yorkshire.

After a good turn out from both teams, they all headed for the cafe for their pre match talks over  a cooked breakfast, the draw was made at 09:00hrs.

The weather for the day was sunny with a slight breeze running down the complex.

All anglers attended their allocated pegs and started to get their tactics and rigs sorted,  Dave Brown (Northumbria) had a problem as the peg to his left was so close that there was a slight disagreement on who had the rights of the far bank. This was soon resolved and at 11:00hrs the "All in" was shouted. Dave had to rearrange his tactics as he no longer had the far bank..

Many anglers went out on the pole at 14mtrs, some could not reach the far bank so went with the method feeder. after less than two minutes Paul Hutchinson had his first carp on the method feeder, then straight back out to the same area to land another one. Due to the lakes design anglers could only see a few people each side, so it was imposable to gage who was catching and on what method.

As the day went on the wind changed direction and the fishing died off, this called for different methods, switching from method feeder to long pole, then pole at 8mtrs fishing hard on the deck and then up in the water, it was a case of catch a fish, move to another area and a different tactic.

At 16:00hrs the final whistle was sounded and the end of the match, some people was glad the day was over, although the weather stayed dry and warm, the fish was not taking the bait.

The winning weight went to Paul Hutchinson (Northumbria) 32lb 8oz, second Graham Colclough (Durham) 30lb 8oz and third Kenny Kitching (Durham) 28lb 6oz

The next match will be hosted by Durham on  Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Forest Lane Fishery, Alne, North Yorkshire, meet at 10:00hrs.

PSUK National Freshwater Fishing Championships 2017

This years championships were hosted by PSNI with the base being the fabulous Lusty Beg Island resort near Kesh in county Fermanagh. For those unfamiliar with the location the island is in the middle of upper Lough Erne and is accessed by a ferry from the mainland. 
The Northumbria team had endured an 11 hour journey to get there and arrived on the Sunday evening. The weather was odd for Ireland with no wind and a cloud fee sky......if only it had stayed that way all week?
The areas to be fished were as follows;
A Section - Cleenish Bridge
B Section - Sligo Road
C Section - Dolans Ring
D Section - Derrycharra
E Section - Broadmeadow
F Section - Portora
The fishing in the area had been described as hit and miss with some areas almost devoid of fish. The team practiced hard to refine their tactics ready for the main event on Thursday.
It rained hard all day Wednesday limiting further practice opportunities.
On the Thursday morning all competitors set off to fish there designated areas. All of Northumbria's anglers had travelled in one of the force minibuses meaning some poor soul had to drop everyone off before driving to there section......this fell to Kevin Hood.
When the match began the whole river with the exception of maybe half a dozen pegs fished incredibly hard.The majority of fish were caught fishing a feeder on the bottom using single or double red maggot on the hook.
At the weigh in anybody who had caught over two kilo's of fish was considered to have done well. A number of anglers failed to catch anything.
The individual event was won by popular PSNI B Team angler Andy Patterson with an incredible weight of 9.380 kilo.
Second was James Darnton from North Yorkshire and third was Mark Jones from a West Mids Regional team.
Best weight for Northumbria was Ray Westgarth who caught a respectable  1.480 kilo

The team event was won by West Mids Regional team with 20 points.
Second were Essex with 28 points .
Third were Norfolk with 31 points.
Northumbria finished a disappointing 12th

This was the final time that this event will be fished as a six man team event, from 2018 it will be a team of four event.

Anyone wishing to fish this event or for details of the inter force matches please contact the Secretary PC 1984 Paul Hutchinson.

 

PSUK National Freshwater Fishing Championships 2017

This years championships were hosted by PSNI with the base being the fabulous Lusty Beg Island resort near Kesh in county Fermanagh. For those unfamiliar with the location the island is in the middle of upper Lough Erne and is accessed by a ferry from the mainland.
The Northumbria team had endured an 11 hour journey to get there and arrived on the Sunday evening. The weather was odd for Ireland with no wind and a cloud fee sky......if only it had stayed that way all week?
The areas to be fished were as follows;
A Section - Cleenish Bridge
B Section - Sligo Road
C Section - Dolans Ring
D Section - Derrycharra
E Section - Broadmeadow
F Section - Portora
The fishing in the area had been described as hit and miss with some areas almost devoid of fish. The team practiced hard to refine their tactics ready for the main event on Thursday.
It rained hard all day Wednesday limiting further practice opportunities.
On the Thursday morning all competitors set off to fish there designated areas. All of Northumbria's anglers had travelled in one of the force minibuses meaning some poor soul had to drop everyone off before driving to there section......this fell to Kevin Hood.
When the match began the whole river with the exception of maybe half a dozen pegs fished incredibly hard.The majority of fish were caught fishing a feeder on the bottom using single or double red maggot on the hook.
At the weigh in anybody who had caught over two kilo's of fish was considered to have done well. A number of anglers failed to catch anything.
The individual event was won by popular PSNI B Team angler Andy Patterson with an incredible weight of 9.380 kilo.
Second was James Darnton from North Yorkshire and third was Mark Jones from a West Mids Regional team.
Best weight for Northumbria was Ray Westgarth who caught a respectable  1.480 kilo

The team event was won by West Mids Regional team with 20 points.
Second were Essex with 28 points .
Third were Norfolk with 31 points.
Northumbria finished a disappointing 12th

This was the final time that this event will be fished as a six man team event, from 2018 it will be a team of four event.

Anyone wishing to fish this event or for details of the inter force matches please contact the Secretary PC 1984 Paul Hutchinson.



The section organises competitions with a view to identifying those who will take part and represent Northumbria Police in both the Regional and National Fishing Championships.

The majority of matches are fished against Durham, Cleveland, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside, and more often than not are fished on well established fishing venues such as Woodlands, Thirsk and Lindholme Fisheries.

The section has 34 members of which only 15 or so are regular attenders.  Like most of the other sections at this time the majority of members are retired officers and I would estimate that these account for about 70% of the current membership.



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