ALTHOUGH the River Aire is running low with an abundance of weed, the fish are still feeding quite well and some good fish have been recorded mainly from the upper reaches where the weed appears to be less of a problem.

Halifax angler, Darryl Benn, using a live minnow as bait, landed the fish of the week when a very good chub took his minnow bait while fishing below Inghey Bridge.

The chub measured 56cm in length and weighed 2,500g and was brought to the net after putting up quite a fight for a chub.

Besides the chub, Benn has landed several good brown trout which have also been tempted by the minnow.

Most were well over the kilogramme mark with the best being a fish of 1,360g.

The best fish to come out of the Aire this season is a big brown trout weighing 3,750g and measuring some 70cm in length.

The fish was caught early on in the season by a Bradford angler from just above the Carleton Stone Bridge and would have probably qualified for the Aire record if it could have been officially verified.

During the recent heatwave sport was good on most waters with the canal producing some decent bream all around Skipton with the best fish topping the 1,820g mark.

Roach to around 340g were also landed in decent numbers on the Broughton Road length whilst at Whinnygill Reservoir some crucian carp have finally managed to show.

A dip in temperature for last Sunday’s taster day on the reservoir appeared to put the fish off the feed with catches and entrants both low.

However, things picked up in the afternoon and some good fish were landed making the event a success.

Lee Wiseman was particularly pleased as he landed a record-breaking common carp weighing 2,530g, narrowly beating Simon Chenier’s Embsay fish by 170g.

In the last Sunset Series evening match on Whinnygill (June 20) the fish were in a feeding frenzy and good bags of skimmers, roach, perch, tench, rudd and a “suicide” orfe were caught.

The results were: 1 William Raymond Barker 2,540g; 2 Russell Heaton 2,460g; 3 Jason Aldis 2,070g and 4 Simon Chenier 1,750g. The next match is on July 4 with the draw at 6pm.