is a must, but spinning is proving a very useful alternative.
The cold snap sent fish deep with sinking lines and ledgering
tactics being used by most rods.
Despite the blustery conditions, anglers enjoyed fine sport at Fontburn with ledgering
tactics proving most effective.
Bait anglers for the most part have had to look for deeper water where ledgering
tactics with power-bait and magic dust have produced the best results.
Local reservoirs have produced some good sport too with bait anglers doing well at distance and with ledgering
Marske angler John Martins and his son Keith, of Saltburn, both had a fantastic day at the east end, ledgering
with Yellow and Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs and managing to catch their eight fish limits.
Some matches still went ahead on Sunday, with lines freezing and iced floats making ledgering
Fly anglers have enjoyed good success using patterns such as Cats Whiskers, White Snakes and Viva Blobs while multi-bait anglers have found ledgering
tactics with power-bait and magic dust to be the top fish catchers.
FONTBURN RESERVOIR 01669 621368/ SatNav NE614PL 267 anglers caught 779 trout in a week when ledgering
proved to be the best method.
Adam Gill from Skelton netted a cracking 6lb rainbow by ledgering
with maggot and PowerBait Eggs at the west end of the Dam Wall.
Anglers using ledgering
tactics did best with a cocktail of baits such as worm tipped with a PowerBait Eggs.