The Tyne supports a large and diverse stock of coarse fish and is nationally famous for its head of dace. Large angling competitions such as the EA Coarse Fish Survey Match, The Gurkha Charity Welfare Match and The Steve Roberts Memorial attract anglers from afar, with catches such as the 62lbs 10oz of Dace by Alan Lapatourel in 2004 it is easy to see why. It is indeed refreshing to see coarse angling thriving on the river once again following the decline of species in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
EA surveys and match results show excellent populations of fish in the Tyne with roach, chub, gudgeon, perch and the aforementioned dace all showing well in the catches. Specimen chub anglers pursue some wonderful fish with catches of individual fish to 6lbs and a net of six fish for 25lb being recorded.
Local coarse angling body the Tyne Anglers Alliance is working with the Tyne Rivers Trust to maximise coarse angling opportunities on the river, The Trust liaises with riparian owners and angling clubs to grant access for angling competitions. The matches have also shown high concentrations of dace in the Corbridge section and significant populations in the North Tyne at Bellingham and Wark. The competition has been very well supported by anglers and normally attracts some ninety competitors travelling from as far a field as Nottingham and North Yorkshire to sample the unique dace fishing the Tyne has to offer. All proceeds from the Survey Match are donated to the Trust.
Coarse angling is readily available on the Tyne either by season permit or day ticket from various associations. With a growing interest in coarse angling more water will be become accessible.
For more information on Tyne coarse angling contact Steve Hoggins of the TAA at email@example.com, call the FishTyne helpline (01573 470612) or ring the Tyne Rivers Trust offices in Corbridge (01434 636900).