Anglers hook new trophy

Members of Northumberland Anglers’ Federation will have the chance to fish for a new trophy during the 2013 season, which starts on February 1.

In addition to the Coquet Trophy, for the first salmon landed on the River Coquet, and the Centenary Cup, for the heaviest salmon and brown trout landed on any federation water, anglers this year will compete for the Jim Hardy Trophy.

Named in honour of the late Jim Hardy, former federation chairman for a number of years, the trophy, which is to be held for one year, will be awarded to the angler who lands the heaviest sea trout on federation waters.

Steve Hawthorne, from Amble, lifted the Coquet Trophy in 2012 with a 7lb fish landed on a Black and Yellow Tosh on April 8. He also received a replica of the trophy to keep and three years’ free permits.

The Centenary Cup for the biggest salmon was won by John Thompson with a 24lb fish, while Dave Murray lifted the award for the heaviest brown trout with a fish of 5lb 7oz. In addition to their trophies, each angler received a free salmon or trout permit for a year.

Permit prices for the coming season will be: Salmon season permit, £105 (concessionary, £70); Coquet tidal season ticket, £80; trout season permit, £70 (concessionary, £50); coarse season permit, £30; seven-day visitor pass (all fish), £140; seven-day visitor pass (trout only), £80; one-day pass (all fish), £50; one-day pass (trout only), £20.