Fresh Water Fishing

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Fresh Water Fishing

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.

                                             Durham Invitation, Forest Lane

Thursday 11th June 2020 was the first match of the year, due to the covid 19 lock down. This match was held on the Furlong Lake, Forest Lane, North Yorkshire, it’s a lake that both teams have fished previous years and had some good catches. If you draw the right peg, you are in for a good day catching Barbel.

The meet was at 08:00hrs, unfortunately due to the safe distance imposed and lots of restrictions, anglers could not meet as usual over a good cooked breakfast in the café. Instead it was meeting at the car park and once all anglers had arrived your allocated peg was drawn for you.

It was a fantastic turn out by both Northumbria and Durham teams, the whole lake was booked and each angler had plenty of room between each other’s pegs. The weather however was not on our side. During lock down it had been red hot with plenty of sunshine. On the day we suffered with very strong winds and rain, it was like fishing in March instead of mid June.   

At 09:00hrs the draw was made and all anglers headed to the pegs they had been allocated.

All in was sounded at 10:30hrs, due to the strong winds a lot of anglers went for the feeder rods or fished at 6mtrs. Only the brave went to 12mtrs, this paid off as fish started to be caught straight away. The difficulty was holding the pole and keeping the presentation of the bait still.

During the afternoon the wind got stronger and it was near impossible to hold the pole at 12mtrs, so it was time to fish the inside line and down the edge. This was also instant for some, plenty of small barbell to be caught at the bottom of the inside shelf, the bigger carp were sat in 18” of water close to the very edge.  Paul Hutchinson landed a nice 4lb tench then went on to catch 3 nice carp,

At 16:30hrs the match ended, due to the 2mtr social distance, anglers couldn’t walk to other pegs and watch the fish being weighed. Staff member came to each person and weighed the fish, this was then recorded:

1st Paul Hutchinson (Northumbria) 60lb 8oz

2nd Graham Colclough (Durham) 56lb 10oz

3rd Rob Smith 55lb 4oz

Great match in hard conditions, every person that attended caught fish. 

Next match will be held at Braferton, North Yorkshire 25/05/2020.

Thursday 25th June 2020
The second match of the season took place at the Match Lake at Brafferton Lakes. Because of the covid 19 restrictions social distancing was adhered to at all time. The draw for pegs was made at 9am and all anglers made their way to the allocated pegs. The lake owner had given us the full lake of 72 pegs so there was more than enough room between the anglers.
Paul Hunton from Cleveland police is a venue expert and when he drew peg 13 everyone thought they were fishing for second place.
The match started at 1030am in what could only be described as tropical conditions, bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was forecast to reach 29 degrees. Not the best conditions for fishing.
When the match got underway it was clear it was going to be a tough day. Large carp could be seen cruising up and down the lake, enjoying the sunshine but not wanting to feed.
Dave Brown (Northumbria) and Rob Smith had chosen to fish pellets shallow and this proved to be a good decision with both anglers catching steadily. At the halfway point in the match both were admitting to around 40lbs each. 
Both continued to catch fish but Dave began to push ahead catching a bigger stamp of fish.
At the weigh in Dave was a comfortable winner putting 99lbs 12oz on the scales to Robs 60lbs 13ozs.
Third was Roy McLean (Durham) 47lbs and fourth was Paul Hutchinson (Nortumbria) with 19lbs 2oz.
Next match is the Vic McLean memorial match at Furlong Lake, forest Lane Lakes on Thursday 23rd July 20..