Patterns to try at this time of year are Cats Whiskers, Snakes, Zonkers, Dancers, Diawl Bach, Damsels, PTH, Bloodworm
Among the big catches were: Lee Wilkinson from Consett with 18 trout on Bloodworm
Fish of 3lb to 7lb have been coming to the net, mainly from the first four feet of water, tempted by lures, bloodworms
and sometimes dries.
Craig Davies had a good day when he fished with a bloodworm
nymph and caught and released 14 rainbows.
It's a preference I share, because large fertile lakes often host not only the best bloodworm
habitat, but also the physically largest chironomid species.
Ever consistent Tony Bench (Shakespeare Superteam) landed 7lb of perch and eels again on lobworms from peg 11 to finish third, just edging out his team-mate Leigh Gardner (Shakespeare Superteam) who had 190 gudgeon on bloodworm
from peg 65 for 6-13-0.
The clam worm, which scavenges food, may not require jaws as hard as those of the bloodworm
, which thrusts its jaws into prey to inject venom.
Davy Kay from Morpeth landed 27 over three visits on Bloodworm
and Black Lures, while Willie Emery from Newbiggin landed 13 trout on lures.
Ron McCullagh from Darlington had a trout of 18lb, again on bloodworm
The response by anglers wanting to take part in these bloodworm
and joker allowed matches has been incredible," he said.
Britain's top bloodworm
supplier, Sam Wildsmith, has joined forces with the organisers of the Evesham Festival as the official supplier of bloodworm
and joker for the two qualifying weekends and also the three final days of the big August Bank Holiday Festival.
75lb on a bloodworm
nymph, while Cardiff visitor Alan Williams topped off his bag with a 12lb rainbow.