Boats revel in Bank Holiday action

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WITH one or two breaks in the weather, boat anglers enjoyed some good sport last weekend, catching mackerel as well as cod and ling from the in-shore wrecks, with fish up to 10lb.

The best results have come on daylight and hokki lures, but shad lures have produced the biggest fish.

Local charter boat The Sapphire enjoyed a good couple of days with a party of travelling anglers from Lincolnshire.

On Friday, they caught 40 fish – the best being an 8lb ling. Saturday was much the same with 42 fish being taken, including an 8lb cod.

There was also a wolf-fish, or catfish as we call them, which weighed in at 6¾lb and was taken on mussel bait. These may not be the best looking fish in the sea, but they are certainly one of the best to eat.

Anyone wanting a trip out boat fishing can contact Peter, skipper of The Sapphire, on 07854 819924 or Bob, skipper of Catch 22, on 07979 238464. Both boats are moored in Sunderland Marina.

Boat angler Brian Thompson may have set a new British record with his gurnard (3lb 12oz) caught at Port Logan aboard his own boat, Bee Jay.

Shore anglers will be hoping for more settled weather to help bring the mackerel in shore in bigger numbers.

Both South Shields Pier and Roker Pier have seen mackerel, but not in any great numbers yet. A few days of sunshine will make a big difference.

For bait fishing anglers, there have been plaice and coalfish from Roker Pier, along with flounders.

The Wear is still fishing well for flounders, with bags of up to 12 fish weighing up to 1¾lb being taken. Some good sized coalfish up to 2lb have also been showing in the River.

The plaice are now showing in good numbers on South Shields Pier, with ragworm proving to be the top bait. There are also coalfish on bait as well as lures, along with the odd sized codling on crab baits.

The Tyne has also fished well for flounders, although they seem to be moving up and down the river, depending on how much rain water is coming down.

Local angler Steve Hudson was trying his luck at the Rat House Corner last week when he thought he had hooked a good fish. After pulling it into the side, he started to hand line it up, only to discover it was a garden fork covered in lost tackle. The only comment we could get from him was “Oh fork!”

Ryhope Club’s last Tuesday match in May saw 45 anglers competing with 19 weighing in 32 flatfish.

The winner of Zone A, and £51, was Tommy Tate (1lb 10½oz). Runner-up Steve Rackstraw won £30 (1lb 7oz) followed by Mason Burton in third place, winning £20 (1lb 5oz).

Wayne Harriman took first place and £51 in Zone B (1lb 6oz), followed by Bernard Westgarth who won £30 (1lb 3oz) and third-placed Mick Davison, who won £20 (1lb 2oz).

Reelsports’ summer league continues on Sunday at Timber Beach (5-9pm) and NESA will be holding their casting event at Kirkleatham showground in Redcar.

Also on Sunday, Amble Sea Angling Club will be holding the Olympic Torch Summer Open (noon-5pm). Boundaries from Seahouses Pier (excluding pier) to Lynemouth Pipe. Entry is £10 (juniors free). More details from Ken on 01665 830619.

On Tuesday, Ryhope Club will fish a weigh and release competition (with strictly no ripping hooks out of fish) at Clauxheugh Rock. Entry is £5.

Tuesday also sees the Rutherford’s/Cono-flex measure and release sweepstake at the Copthorne Hotel on the Tyne (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £5 with a £5 optional pool with 100 per cent payout. More details from Andy on the number below.

0191 565 4183