There is an added incentive to go fishing at Northumbrian Water’s premier fisheries this summer.
As well as freezing day permit prices for this season, the water company has added a number of prize tagged fish to four of its reservoirs across the north east.
The fish, that have tags on them, have been introduced into Derwent Reservoir in County Durham, Fontburn in Northumberland, Grassholme in Teesdale and Scaling in North Yorkshire.
To win the prize, all lucky anglers have to do is catch a tagged fish, take it to the fishing lodge and claim the £200. There is a ‘catch’; you must be over 18 and have put £1 in the pot before you go fishing – as they say “you’ve got to be in it to win it”!
Along with these tagged fish, the water company’s reservoirs this season will be stocked with a minimum of 80,000 fish, with more than half of them from Northumbrian Water’s own fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley.
This year customers can also collect more reward points towards a free days permit. Customers already receive a one credit-swipe of their loyalty card when they purchase a fishing permit and this season they can now claim points when they purchase retail goods above £20. When customers reach seven swipes their eighth day permit visit is free.
Car parking is also free to anglers purchasing fishing permits, so there is no extra cost to fish.
Don Coe, Northumbrian Water’s Leisure Operations Manager - Waterside Parks, said: “With fine weather forecast for the next few days there can be no finer place to explore with a rod and line! And some lucky person could also walk away with £200 – tight lines folks!”
A full eight-fish day permit costs £24 with concessions at £22, the four fish Credit Cruncher from 2pm is £17 and the family and couples 12-fish ticket is £36. The barbless fly-only sporting ticket costs £15. Full day boat hire charges for Kielder Water have also been frozen the same as last season at £15 midweek and £19 for weekends.
Building on past successes of encouraging young people to take up the sport, Northumbrian Water is promoting affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 18 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent or guardian.
‘Try it’ teaching sessions will be again held at Derwent Reservoir on Tuesdays and Sundays and alternate between any method and fly.
Everything required is provided under expert tuition and three hour courses cost £35 for adults and only £20 for the under 18’s.
Courses can also be arranged at other premier fisheries by appointment. All ‘Try it’ sessions must be booked by phone on 01207 255250.
Loyalty cards and copies of this year’s guide are available from 0845 155 0236 or by email: email@example.com
Further information is available on the website www.nwwatersideparks.com and anglers can follow stocking and other news on Facebook at ‘fishing with Northumbrian Water’ www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing.
Terms and conditions apply for the rewards scheme. For more information on the scheme and how to join, visit www.nwwatersideparks.com.