Duncan comes up trumps with Panns Bank cod

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ROKER Pier has continued to give up a few good whiting, along with the odd codling, after dark.

In daylight, there have been dabs, flounders, plaice and lots of undersized coalfish, which are taking all manner of baits.

The River Wear is giving up some good flounders on worm and mackerel baits, with the top end of the river at Claxheugh providing the best results.

Local angler Duncan Smith took a codling (5lb 3oz) from Panns Bank last Monday night on lugworm.

South Shields Pier is still the best mark for anglers fishing for codling, which have been few and far between, but those that have shown have gone up to 7lb.

There have also been dabs and flounders, plus some good coalfish from the south east corner and the Post. Crab and mussel are the best bait for these fish.

The Tyne is also giving up some good sized coalfish (up to 2lb) on fresh or frozen crab, with the best areas being Church Bank and the Pedestrian Tunnel.

Boat anglers have been starting to take codling, a good early sign that their season is about to start.

Boats out of Hartlepool have had codling up to 7lb, with pirks baited with squid giving the best results. Arthur Smeaton fishing in his boat off Cullercoats took six codling up to 5lb.

There is news of another record being broken this week for Scottish boat-caught ling – a fantastic fish weighing a massive 58lb 1oz was caught. Imagine the struggle the angler had to pull it up, especially as he also had a 20lb ling on the same trace!

The recent mild weather has encouraged peeler crab to start showing in the Tyne and the Wear – it’s really early in the season, but let’s not moan about it because it will bring the fish in to feed.

The milder weather also seems to have confused the mackerel as there are rumours of two being caught off Seaham Pier on Sunday.

Last Tuesday, Ryhope Club’s Open competition saw 18 anglers fishing with seven weighing in two codling, seven whiting and two flounders.

Richie Carr went to the rocks off Whitburn and took a 2.65kg codling (5lb 13oz in old money) on his last cast, to take first place. Lee Burton chose the man holes at Ryhope and also took a 620g codling on his last cast for second, with Terry Mann fishing Roker Pier for a third-placed 565g whiting. Andy Rutherford followed in fourth with a 545g flounder, also from Roker Pier.

Sunderland Sea Anglers had a poor Sunday with only one of 13 competitors weighing in. Micky Fish took the heaviest bag and fish with a 1lb flounder.

Ryhope Club also competed on Sunday, with 71 anglers taking part in their club competition. Most anglers headed to the Tyne in search of coalfish and were not disappointed.

Chris Hossack caught nine (3,450g) at the Pedestrian Tunnel to win the match, followed by his son, Paul Hossack, in second place with four coalfish and a flounder (2,300g).

Third place went to Bobby Surtees with four coalfish (1,800g). The heaviest flat fish was Paul Wilkinson’s flounder (650g), while the heaviest round fish was Tommy Tate’s coalfish (710g). The luck continued for the Tate family, with Daniel Tate taking the junior title (450g).

Tomorrow night, Seaham SAC hold their Badger Open (7-11pm), with registration and weigh-in at Seaham HQ.

Ryhope’s Tuesday Open takes place as usual next Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh-in (by 10.45pm) at the back of the old Sea View Club.

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