Angel of the North Fishing Lakes

Sunday 17th October 2010 Lookout
Conditions: – Severe overnight frost ambient temp down to 0 deg, and lakes with an evaporation mist lifting off them to 6 ft (very mystical in the sun rise), today was Fair, wind calm at first then rose to W 10 mph, barometer 1025 mb, moon phase waxing gibbous, water temp 9.00 deg, DO 6.8, PH 6.85, MV62

1st Ian Gillis 50lb 1oz peg 25, pellet tight to corner of bridge on tip for carp, and maggot at 8 metres for silvers,
2nd Chris Owers 45lb peg 4 all silvers / maggot
3rd Steve Mc Court 33lb 4oz peg 27 all silvers / maggot
4th Anth  Richardson 26lb 2oz peg 12
5th John Foster 20lb 12oz peg 2
6th Jeff Webster 19lb 7oz peg 1

UK Match Fisherman
Ian Gillis, Sunday’s match winner, with one of his nets

Wednesday 13th Oct 2010 open Bowes
Conditions: – Mostly Cloudy, ambient temperature 8 deg (cold), humidity 81%, wind calm then a chilled N wind, barometer 1022mb, moon phase waxing crescent, water temp 11.4, PH 7.25, DO 7.5, mv 23

1st Derek Fox 34lb 5oz peg 4, bream and one carp on worm, pellet for rest.
2nd Ricky Bennett 30lb 4oz peg 22
3rd Rob Emery 16lb 5oz peg 34
4th Peter Smith 11lb 13oz peg 40
5th Ray Wallace 8lb 6oz peg 16
Rest DNW

Still some cracking bream and skimmers, also rudd, roach, ide, Orfe, tench, perch, and carp coming out, as water temperatures go down, lighten your tackle and get some great quality fish. All the larger fish feeding up for winter and being caught for example on Wednesdays match a cracking rudd of 1.8lb being caught on Bowes.

With all the rain this week, cooler days and calm conditions water temperature has dropped to 9 degs, fish are feeding up still however do not over feed at this water temperature a little and often is the best way, very little feed needs to go in to entice the shoals to your peg.

Vary your methods of catching, start on tip to far bank on pellet and pellet in feeder, and when carp switch of change to float or pole close in or at 8 meters out, fish up in the water on maggot for silvers and get some great rudd bags, or go down to dead depth or over depth for skimmers and bream try worm and caster, or even pellets over feed pellets.

Fishing well with 50lb 1oz caught by Ian Gillis on Sunday 27lb 15oz of silvers on maggot and 22lb 2oz carp, lots of good bags of silvers coming out with Chris Owers 2nd in Sundays match catching 45lb.

Care needs to be taken on feed patterns with very little and often being the key to catch rates, as is the choice of method of fishing, vary between float, pole, bomb and feeder for success. The water temperature drop has tightened the shoals but has not stopped the feeding of fish. Slightly lighten tackle however be aware the carp are still fighting hard and will rag you or head for the reeds very fast, spitting the hook on the way. Lots of anglers complaining of loosing of fish at the moment –it’s a balance of getting the tackle correct at this water temperature, as fish still feeding and fighting hard.

Bait tips for feeding Chopped worm and caster, angel feed pellet, hemp, groundbait, maggots and caster. But remember small amounts.

Hook baits, pellet, worm, maggot, caster tipped onto worm, sweet corn, mussel, prawn, cubed luncheon meat and paste.

John Atton from Whitley Bay fished peg 19 on 2 rods one with mussel and one with paste, caught Bream of 4lb 12, 5lb 9oz, 6lb 4oz, 6lb 6oz, 6lb 7oz, and 8lb 8oz all on paste, then carp on mussel, average weight of carp was 4lb with his best 6lb 1oz.

Leon Garner from Gateshead caught bream of 6lb 8oz and 6lb 4oz on pellet also a good mixed bag of carp and silvers .

Choosing your peg according to wind direction and watercraft is essential as the fish are shoaled and yet still feeding well with a water temperature of 9 deg. Some cracking silvers coming out with large Ide and Orfe, large bream and loads of skimmers, as well as Roach and Rudd over 1.8lb. Carp to good double figures and lots in the 5lb stamp being caught. Alternate your fishing methods from Float, Pole, to bomb and feeder as the bites dry up, giving you the best methods to keep catching all day.  Balancing your tackle somewhat lighter is essential but carp are still fighting well and may smash you of if to light.

Bait tips for feeding Chopped worm and caster, angel feed pellet, hemp, groundbait, maggots and caster. But remember small amounts.

Hook baits, pellet, worm, maggot, and caster tipped onto worm, sweet corn, mussel, prawn, cubed luncheon meat, and paste.

This pond is amazing, carp and silvers catching all day long, with lots of anglers opting for this pond as temperatures drop, and winds get up.

Carp average between 1 ½ lb to 4lb and crucians about 10oz, silver sizes vary and some good tench including golden tench also Orfe, being caught.

Bait tips for feeding great for maggots, Chopped worm and caster, angel feed pellet, hemp, and caster. But remember small amounts. Please remember no groundbait allowed on this pond!

Hook baits, maggot (for carp and silvers), pellet, worm, caster tipped onto worm, sweet corn, mussel, prawn, paste.

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