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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Beckett's patience pays off with big salmon on River Eden

The River Eden salmon season closed at midnight last Friday and high water levels continued to disrupt fishing right up to the end, many anglers didn’t bother to fish the final day believing water levels to be too high.

Others gave the traditional final fishing session of the season a go but packed in early believing that there wasn’t much chance of contacting a taking fish.

But one angler who believed he was still in with a chance was Carlisle’s Steven Beckett.

Steven had fished the hard all day. Then just after at 4.30pm with just two hours of daylight left on the final day of the season his perseverance paid off and he got the take he had been waiting for.

An obviously sizable fish hit his lure and an exciting battle ensued in the heavy water. After a lively fight Steven landed a beautiful fresh run and sea liced cock salmon of 16½lb, Steven’s biggest of the season from the CAA water.

With no bigger salmon being reported to me since the close of the season, Gordon Evans salmon from the Tower Pool of the Yorkshire Fly Fishers water near Wetheral in June wins this season’s prize for the biggest fly caught salmon caught from the river Eden and reported to The Cumberland News.

Measuring just a fraction short of 40 inches, Gordon estimated his fish at 22lb before returning it to the river. Gordon wins a box of superb salmon flies tied by Haggis worth £100.

But it was a close run thing as Christian Wolfenden from London landed a 38 inch Eden salmon whilst fishing with Border Game Angling’s Clive Mitchelhill during the last weeks of the season.

Although caught on a Flying C and therefore ineligible for the competition the biggest of the nine Eden salmon of 20lb or more was the 29lb cock fish caught by Penrith Angling Association member Tim Metcalfe at Coombs Wood near Armathwaite in July.

Although the Eden salmon season has ended you can fish the river Esk for salmon up until the end of October. One angler to do just that recently was River Eden and District Fisheries Association secretary Tony Britton.

Tony fished at Westerkirk near Langholm in very cold and wet conditions on Tuesday. Using a black and silver Flying C in a rapidly rising water at 2.30pm he hooked a good fish in very heavy water. After a very spirited effort by both the angler and the fish Tony landed a lovely hen salmon estimated at 15lb before being returned to the river.

Conditions were difficult for the Red Admiral Charity Open match on Saturday with good sea running and lots of weed. First with the heaviest fish was Alan Hill with a 6lb14oz bass. In second place with the heaviest bag was Gareth Griffiths with nine dogfish for 14lb 2oz.

Third was Alan Sampson with eight dogfish for 11lb 14oz. The match raised £200 for a local playgroup and the organisers would like to thank everyone who took part.

Elsewhere along the Cumbrian coastline there are still plenty of dogfish being caught along with cod up to 3lb and the occasional bass together with flounders and the odd dab.

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