Decent turnout despite wet weather at Fontburn

The Lions Club of Morpeth held its annual Fontburn Charity Fishing Competition earlier this month in some of the wettest weather seen in over 20 years of holding the event.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 6:56 pm
Event organiser Lion Graham Tait, right, with prize winners and Morpeth Lions President Peter Crook.

The weather forecast, however, did not impact on the number of anglers attending with 68 hardy adult regulars and 29 juniors suitably clothed for the conditions and catching some nice bags of quality Rainbow Trout.

This was the first time the competition had taken place for two years as it was not held last year due to Covid-19 restrictions at the time.

Nearly 240lb of trout were weighed in, for which the Fontburn Ranger Team were congratulated on their quality.

The heaviest senior bag in the competition was won by Craig Eley, with a bag weighing 21lb 2oz, and Robert Marshall taking second prize with 19lb 08oz.

The heaviest fish was also caught by Craig Eley, weighing 7lb14oz. Runner-up Mark Gofton’s catch was 4lb 6oz.

In the junior competition, Nathan Smith triumphed with a lovely bag of fish weighing 19lb.

Robyne McMutrie was runner-up and Leon Reed caught the heaviest fish – weighing 4lb 2oz.

Lions Club event organiser Graham Tait said: “Despite the very difficult conditions, anglers still had a fantastic day’s fishing and it was very pleasing to see so many happy faces.

“We are grateful to Northumbrian Water (Waterside Parks) for their continued generous support and the use of their excellent facilities.

“We would also like to thank our other main sponsors, Frasers Angling and Outdoors (Gateshead), The Barbour Foundation and other private donations for their valuable contributions.

“Additionally, we are indebted to the Wansbeck Angling Association for their services in monitoring the event and conducting the ‘weigh-in’.

“The money raised from the event will assist The Lions Club of Morpeth meet some of the many local requests for help that it receives.”

Posts about the competition, Lions activities and donations made by the club, and thanking businesses and organisations for their fund-raising efforts and/or support for Lions projects can be viewed on The Lions Club of Morpeth Facebook page.