TAA organiser Steve Hoggins at Bywell about to pounce on another dace during the match.
Almost Forty anglers contested Sunday's Ghurkha Open which returned to the Tyne for
the first time in over ten years. The Charity Match organised by the member clubs
that make up The Tyne Anglers Alliance, raised £735 for The Ghurkha Welfare Trust,
thanks largely to a £500 donation from local bait company Strikemore Baits of Matfen.
Conditions on the day were fair but a blustery wind made angling difficult as local
anglers filled most of the placings. Winner was Dave Souders from Big Waters A.C,
with 9 lb 5 oz followed by Newcastle angler Jeff Webster with 7 lb 2 oz, and Trev
Walker of Blyth with 6 lb 4 oz was third. Another Big Waters A.C. angler Steve
Lackenby was 4th with 5 lb 12 oz ahead of 5th placed Graeme Skirrey from Turners
Tackle on 4 lb 5 oz, whilst sixth place went to the E.A. Tyne Open match winner
Graeme Jones, with 3 lb 10 oz.