Congratulations to the 28 members who fished the 2011 Seniors Competition at Derwent Reservoir on 26 June. Victorious on the day with a bag of 14lb 10oz was Craig Oliver, with Lee Wilkinson taking second place with a total of 13lb 12oz, followed by last year’s winner, Gordon Swain, with a 12lb bag. Heaviest fish of the day was a belting 4lb 6oz rainbow caught by Rob Fowkes.
Conditions on the day were not in the fly angler’s favour, and talking to some wormers nor theirs either. The strong westerly wind blowing straight on to the favourite spot of Cronkley Meadow made this unfishable. A few hardy souls fished the Deeps, enduring a strong side wind, and fishermen travelled the perimeter of the reservoir looking for a mark out of the wind.
As usual though there were plenty of fish caught, with some putting four on the bank. A few members forgot the sun cream and suffered that night, not to mention being on the receiving end of a lecture from the wife about sun reflecting off water! But, as they say, it’s not just about catching fish but the taking part, and the craic is always worth it at the weigh-in.
Thanks to Don Coe at Northumbrian Water and to Laurence at Ultimate Fishing for his ever generous support with the prize table.