FRESHWATER ANGLING A SMALL turn-out contested Hartlepool's Burton Memorial Trophy match fished on the Tilery Lake.

The attention paid to this fishery by goosanders throughout the winter was obvious by the result with only one competitor weighing in.

Pip Arrowsmith, drawn on Peg 1 on the deep bank, caught a lb tench plus a roach by fishing the waggler and double pinkie in five feet of water for a 3lb 8 oz winning total.

The second leg of Harraton's Rothbury Cup Evening Series which was fished on Fatfield Pond, once again produced some quality bream and tench.

Ralph Naylor won his third match in a row on this venue. Three bream in the first hour of the competition caught by using feeder and caster/worm cocktail as hookbait brought him 9lb 6oz of fish.

He then had the misfortune to 'bump' another bream and this spooked the shoal.

Only two ounces separated the next three anglers. Thomas Marshall finished second with one bream and one tench for 7lb 10oz. Third place went to Steve Miller who weighed in two bream together weighing 7lb 9oz while the Dave Hudson's 7lb 8oz of bream and tench caught gave him fourth position.

Unlike the majority of the fisheries in the area, Fatfield Pond is producing some quality eels in the pleasure fishing catches with the best to date topping 3 lb.

Shotton Angling club fished a club match on the middle carp lake at Beaumont Fisheries and the majority of the competitors enjoyed sport with carp ranging in size from a few ounces to 3lbs.

The winner was Rob Emery who fished the pole at ten metres with sweetcorn and took carp to 4lb for a 16lb 3oz total.

Second-placed Steve Maitland fished the pole at three metres and nine metres and his 11lb 9oz haul included two fish of 3lbs.

A weight of 9lb 15oz gave Alan Astill his third place. Alan also used corn. Derek Fox was fourth just two ounces behind with his carp falling to pellet hook bait.

Another competition is being organised for this water and will take place on Sunday. Anyone interested should contact Steve Maitland at Anglers Services, Hartlepool.

The recent warm spell has woken up the carp on most local fisheries. Kenny's Pond has produced a number of 60lb nets of both common and mirror carp with the fish averaging about the 3lb mark.

Carp running to 16lb are being caught on Shotton's water with floating baits taking a lot of fish. There are plenty of rudd plus skimmers to the pound being taken on waggler, but the gudgeon can be a nuisance on the small hook baits.

With the number of foot and mouth disease cases decreasing, hopes are rising that the rivers might soon be open, if not for the June 16 start of the coarse season, then for perhaps some time later in the summer.

Entries are now open for Hartlepool's Pairs match, which is to be fished on Sunday at a venue to be decided.