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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Colin beats the Lonsdale ice to win with roach bag


By Chris Bowman

COLIN Griffin beat the Lonsdale Park conditions to win the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club organised event with a net of 11lb 5 oz.

Seventeen anglers braved the freezing conditions and Colin tempted his catch, mostly roah, with pole tactics.

Pete Brown was second with 7lb 9 oz, with Pete Armstrong third with 4lb 6 oz.

The top three weights came from adjacent pegs with Colin pegged between the two Pete‘s. The CADCAC will be fishing their final Winter League match of the season on the Glenlaggon stretch of Loch Ken on Sunday. Draw 9am - fish 10am-3pm.

After landing the biggest Eden Salmon to be taken for some years Eric Hodgson of Ireby has not been resting on his laurels.

Over the last week he has landed two more Eden springer’s, the first a fish of 12lb was captured close to where he hooked the big one on the Yorkshire Fly Fishers water at Spout Beck, it was landed on the fly. His second fish was taken on the lower Eden below Carlisle.

Another angler to have been in action on the Lower Eden is Tony Clarry who landed a 9 ½ lb fresh run fish on a silver spoon.

Sea sport along the Cumbrian coastline is very slow at the moment. On Saturday Tarnside SAC fished a match on the piers at Whitehaven but the 15 anglers that fished had very little to show for their efforts. Barry Goodfellow won the match with a single 15½ oz. plaice and Susan Graham was second with a 4 oz. dab.

On Sunday Harrington SAC fished a match at the same venue and faired only marginally better, Andy Holliday was first with eight rockling for 1lb 8 oz. Second was Mike Cook with 2 flounders for 1lb 7 ¼ oz. Steven Nichol was third with a 1lb 2 oz. flounder, the heaviest fish caught on the day. In fourth place was Alan Rigg with a 15 oz. flounder.

Well it has been a long time coming, but at 10am last Tuesday morning my son John aged 13 finally landed his first double figure pike, it weighed 12lb 10 oz and accepted a float paternostered sprat fished 2 feet off the bottom in 10 feet of water.

Although I have been present when John has landed carp to over 20lb and bream to over 11lb I don‘t think I have witnessed a bigger grin on his face than when this particular pike slipped over the rim of the landing net.

His pike was caught from a Lake District fishery but John has been pike fishing at Longtown‘s West Pond since he was a toddler and a pike over 10lb has been eluding him for some time.

Another young angler to land his first double figure pike during the last week was Matthew Duncan, 9, of Windermere.

Matthew joined his brother Barnaby and father Robert for a pike fishing session with me at the same Lake District venue that produced John‘s first double and guess what, Matthew‘s first ever pike which fell to a float legered sardine fished on the bottom in 15 feet of water weighed in at 10lb 8 oz.

As I write we are into the final days of the 2003- 2004 season at Longtown‘s West Pond, which after being closed for 12 months during the foot and mouth outbreak now runs from February 26 to February 25 the following year.

Unless someone catches a bigger bream and pike in the dying days of the season Carlisle angler Dave Storey and Lee Corless look set to win free season tickets worth £75 each for the coming year. Lee broke the West Pond pike record last March with a fish of 25lb and Dave shattered the bream record at the West Pond in September with a huge 14lb 6 oz. fish.

The results of the competition will be confirmed next week. West Pond season tickets for 2004-2005 cost £75 and day tickets £8 and are available from Geff Wilson‘s Tackle Shop, Portland Place, Carlisle, Mark Yeomans, 1 Smalmstown Terrace, Longtown and Chris Bowman at the address below.

A reminder for anyone who has not submitted catch returns for the West Pond that these are now due and if you have not already done so please forward details of all catches taken during the last year to Chris at Crosshill Cottage, Blackford, Carlisle, CA6 4DU.

For further details about the West Pond call Chris on 01228 674519 or view www.bowmanfishman.fsnet.co.uk


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