Kenny’s top catch on opening day

Kenny Tweddle with his 4lb 8oz rainbow caught at Fontburn Reservoir.
Kenny Tweddle with his 4lb 8oz rainbow caught at Fontburn Reservoir.

ANGLERS arriving for the opening day of the season at Fontburn Reservoir were greeted by two inches of snow and thick fog.

But despite the less than ideal conditions, they enjoyed great early season sport with the first limit catch recorded at 9.30am.

Among the many highlights of the day was a cracking 4lb 8oz rainbow caught by 14-year-old Kenny Tweddle, from Blyth, who was fishing from the south shore bay with his dad, also called Kenny.

It was a fantastic day for Alan Ellerby who caught an eight-fish limit, including a 5lb rainbow, for 19lb.

Michael Keen also had a 5lb rainbow and Michael Clements caught one of 4lb 8oz rainbow in a total catch of six.

Fly anglers were also among the fish with regular John Brennand landing a fine 4lb fish on a Green and Black humongous from the north shore.

Carl White also enjoyed some reel screaming sport on the fly with various lures, catching 17 fish, returning nine and ending the day with eight for 16lb.

On the first day at Kielder Water, anglers were greeted with driving snow and a biting wind.

Most of the hardy souls who fished over the weekend sought shelter in the bays near Tower Knowe. However, conditions improved on Sunday with most of the snow melted and sunshine.

Paul Hindmarsh landed six, including a 3lb rainbow, at Hawkhope and the heaviest fish of the weekend at 3lb 6oz was caught by MrTweddle north of Tower Knowe below Elf Kirk.