It is with deep sadness the club learned of the passing of Geoff Wharton this week. Geoff was a long time member of the angling club with several years as a member of the club board and was a stalwart of Witton Castle Lakes.
The River Tees has seen more salmon caught over the last few days and many salmon have also been seen in a number of pools. Even though the river still needs some sustained rains to bring the salmon up to club waters. Most of the fish have been caught on the fly with most weighing in excess of 10lb. Autumnal patterns have been giving the most success, among them Willie Gunn, Flamethrower, Copper Cascade and Francis Shrimp.
On the River Wear sea trout are being caught on a regular basis with the most dedicated of anglers now into 20-30 fish caught. The fish have been weighing in at the 6-7lb range with the odd fish coming in at over 10lb. Again, the river could do with a good downpour to bring more fish upstream and into club waters.
A reminder to anglers fishing the pools on club waters.
If you are fishing alongside other members please remember to cast and step to ensure everyone gets an opportunity while out fishing.
The fish have finally turned up in club waters with constant reports of fish being caught and there are a lot of larger sea trout moving upstream – according to reports from anglers downstream.
The staff at Low Barns Centre are to insist that all BADAC members MUST inform the visitors centre if the are intending to stay after closing time and have a key to the gate lock.
For members without a key – they are available at the Low Barns Visitors Centre for for a fee of £15 (this is refundable if you leave BADAC) and Low Barns are the sole distributor of the keys.
The Nature Reserve is open daily from April to October between 10.00am and 5.00pm. From November to March it is only open at weekends from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Remember – it is not the staff of Low Barns responsibility to go looking for a BADAC member, without a key, who stays after closing time.
Some more great work by the Environment Agency last weekend when more than 400 North East anglers had their rod licences checked in a Bank Holiday blitz on illegal angling.
Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement officers were out on patrol and acting on intelligence to seek out those fishing without a licence.