Top patterns were: Ali McCoist, Damsels, Snakes, Bloodworm
, Squirmy Worm, Buzzers and Rainbow Tinny.
James Campion from Bishop Auckland was glad he ventured out when he took 14 trout in four hours, using bloodworm
On camera I watched sunfish and perch dig into the substrate and pluck individual bloodworms
out of their homes.
Over the last week nine anglers caught six trout, with worm and PowerBait cocktail the best baits and, Silver Invicta, Black Buzzer and Bloodworm
In 27 of 36 groups, the first guppy to strike the bloodworm
feast was female.
The weekend winter bonanza was led by Andrew Taylor from Durham with a 20-pounder caught on a buzzer and bloodworm
from a bag of 27 fish.
Top patterns include Bloodworm
and Cat's Whisker fished just below the surface.
Steve Brooks of Boldon landed a full-finned 17lb rainbow while Ryan Barron from Coxhoe netted 36 on blobs, buzzers and bloodworms
Ali Tait returned rainbows of 9lb and 5lb, while George Shanks from Ashington caught six on Black Buzzers while Billy Docherty landed eight on Olive Bloodworms
The best patterns include: Blobs, Nomads, Black Fritz, Montana and Bloodworms
Use a supposedly can't-miss bait - in this case bloodworms
- on an unsuspecting target - in this case barred perch - with all the wrong gear.
In this week's testing conditions anglers have needed a variety of flies to match the weather's extremes, from PTNs to Blobs, Daddies to Bloodworms
, Cats' Whiskers to Buzzers and even a Mayfly.
Anglers fishing Buzzers, Cats Whisker and Bloodworms
have done well.
Most of the fish are being taken from the bottom, mainly on Olive Zonkers, Bloodworms
and snail type patterns.
Brian Davis of Dudley released 17 on Buzzers and Bloodworms
, including a beautiful 15lb rainbow.