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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Pyke gets first-ever match win in Carlisle winter league opener

The first match of the Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club Winter League was fished at Cleveley Bridge Fishery on Sunday in terrible conditions with pouring rain all day.

Prior to the start most anglers set up with heavier gear in order to stand a chance of putting together one of the big bags of carp that the fishery is famous for producing.

Unfortunately, the carp had other ideas, whether it was the changeable conditions or the influx of colder water from the heavy rainfall; whatever the reason the carp just weren’t feeding with their usual gusto and anglers had to turn to maggot and target the silver fish.

The winner of the match was Gilbert Pyke who used the pole to land 9lb 9oz of skimmer bream, roach and perch to record his first-ever match win.

In second place and just one ounce behind Gilbert was Carlisle’s Peter Wilson with 9lb 8oz of skimmers, roach, perch and carp also caught using the pole.

Finishing third was Robert Youdale who also adopted pole tactics to put together his 8lb 14oz net of skimmers, roach and carp.

The trout season has now closed and with just over one week of the salmon season left on the River Eden the season’s total of Eden salmon of 20lb or more caught is 23 fish.

Although over the last week anglers have suffered due to the wet weather particularly on the lower river where there has been little fishing taking place due to the floods.

One exception was on Saturday when Warwick Hall regular Mick Burr landed a 15lb fly-caught salmon in the Rushes.

Further upstream, the river has been a little quicker to clear between the deluges and I have heard of fish to 18lb being landed.

However, the ground is now so wet that even the slightest rain seems to make the river rise again. Let’s hope we get some dry weather for the final week of the season.

Mike Noble’s superb 32lb salmon caught from the Low House Estate water in April is still the largest fly-caught salmon to be reported from the Eden this season.

Should Mike’s salmon remain the biggest caught after the close of the season at midnight on Sunday October 14 he could win a box of Haggis’s “old time” traditional salmon flies.

On Sunday week, Maryport and District Sea Anglers Club will be running an Open Roving Competition between Maryport South Pier and Workington Jetty.

Fishing is from 4pm to 8pm and no fishing is allowed from the piers on the day.

There will be cash prizes for senior anglers catching the first, second and third heaviest fish and the heaviest flat fish.

As well as table prizes which have been donated by Greggains Ltd., Grahams Guns and Tackle and Cumbria Angling Centre. Senior entry costs £15 and £2 for juniors.

Entries can by made on the day from 2pm at Glasson Rangers Rugby League Club, Maryport.

Anglers should note that the match is being fished as a heaviest fish match and that there are no prizes for the heaviest bags.

For further information contact David Underwood on 01900 605785 or Jeff McAllister on 01900 870824. Over the last week both cod and bass to 2lb, whiting and dogfish have been reported from along the Cumbrian coastline.

A meeting to discuss the River Eden Fisheries Management Plan has been organised by the Eden Rivers Trust and the River Eden and District Fisheries Association and will take place on Saturday October 20 in Scotby village hall, Scotby, near Carlisle.

A variety of speakers will be making presentations before lunch these include Simon Johnson of ERT who will be discussing the Fishery Management Plan.

Gareth Pedley on Best Trout Practice. Nigel Milner on Salmon-Monitoring Options and Mike Ashwin on Corby Weir and Counter, do we want it?

Following lunch the contributions to the Fishery Management Plan by anglers, the Environment Agency and ERT will be discussed by representatives from each group.

There will also be two general question and discussion sessions with plenty of time for involvement.

The day gets underway at 9am and finishes at around 4pm. Attendance is free but please contact Rebbecca Chaffer at Eden Rivers Trust to book as places are limited, rebbecca@EdenRT.org or call 01768 866 788.

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