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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Cumbria's Shaun Wood lands giant fish to win Redmire Teapot

With the recent mild weather Carleton Hill Fishery has been producing good mixed bags of carp and bream as well as the occasional tench and crucian carp.

But owner Chris Wynne had his mind set on other matters last week during a visit to the carp anglers mecca that is Redmire Pool along with Cumbrian anglers Mark Hammond and Shaun Wood.

For the last three years Chris has retained the ‘Redmire Teapot’ by catching the biggest carp during his visits to the fabled Herefordshire carp water where Richard Walker caught his 44lb former British record carp Clarrissa in 1952.

On this occasion, however, even though he had captured a splendid 23lb common carp Chris saw the Teapot slipping from his grasp when Mark landed carp of 17lb, 18lb and finally 23lb 10oz.

Then just two-and-a-half hours away from the end of the season Shaun landed superb 25lb common a worthy Teapot winner.

Not being one to cry over spilt milk Chris will be returning to Redmire next season to try to win back the Teapot.


Whilst I have no reports of anymore of the 20lb plus Eden salmon that the river has produced over the last couple of weeks.

There has been tales of big fish lost and running fish sighted from Carlisle to as far up stream as Armathwaite during the last week. So even if they are not taking with gusto there are salmon moving up the River Eden.

One that just missed last week’s column was the 12lb fish captured by Brampton’s Ian Bullough in Nichol Hole on the Low House beat of the Low House Estate water near Armathwaite the previous Saturday. Ian tempted his salmon using a Cascade fly.

At Warwick Hall last Saturday Brigetta Paton landed a fresh run and sea liced 11 pounder in the House Pool. Brigetta hooked her fish using a Toby spoon.

On Sunday, Gordon Evans of Armathwaite landed his second Eden salmon of the season in the shape of an 11 lb hen fish from the Crosby beat of the river. Gordon’s fish accepted the same pattern of fly that produced his first Eden fish this season at 17lb and last season’s biggest fly caught Eden salmon at 22lb.

The fly is a variation of the Posh Tosh fly tied by Gordon’s friend Tom Herd and christened the Tommy fly by Gordon.

On this occasion Gordon was fishing a cone headed Tommy fly and after 45 minutes fishing down the Rocks pool on the Crosby beat Gordon hooked his fresh run fish. There is fishing still available on this 2 rod beat of the Eden this season, even just for a day by contacting James Carr on 01228 561993 or by booking via FishPal.


At the moment Nick Marriner’s 27lb salmon caught in Crow Wood at Warwick Hall leads the competition to find the biggest fly caught Eden salmon this season.

Should Nick’s salmon remains the biggest caught after the close of the Eden season in October he could win a box of Haggis’s “old time” traditional salmon flies.

Haggis has very kindly supported the competition by donating a box containing 88 of his superb salmon flies tied using traditional pattern salmon flies and worth over £100 as a prize, anyone interested in the full range of quality flies tied by Haggis can contact him on 07967145504.

But the end of the season is a long way away and although Nick’s 27 pounder is going to be a tough fish to beat, the Eden can produce bigger and given the stamp of fish the river has produced since mid February it wouldn’t surprise me if we see a bigger salmon being caught from the Eden this season.


More flounders are being caught in the Solway and over the last couple of weeks more plaice are also being caught along the Cumbrian coastline although mainly small plaice as yet, I have heard of one fish of over 2lb in weight.

There have also been reports of a couple of small turbot being caught as well some codling from the Barrow area. Harrington Sea Angling Club’s next match will take place at Port Carlisle on Sunday, March 25, meeting at Glasson Corner at 12 noon.

Anyone wishing to join the club please contact Alan 01900 67257, Luke 07971700871 or email barrymcglasson@hotmail.co.uk

Wigton Youth Station Fishing Club recently enjoyed a flounder fishing session on the Solway Firth near Port Carlisle with Borderlines. Dylan Small 15 and Tyler Richardson 15 faired best with both anglers landing a brace of flounders with the best fish weighing 1lb.


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