FORMER Hartlepool charter skipper Chaz Walker now operates his boat Lady Elsie out of Norway where he has had spectacular success with the big cod that seem to attract British anglers in their thousands.
Hartlepool anglers Garry Owen and Steve Tate, and several other anglers, had a good week recently taking cod up to 64lb with many others around the 40lb to 50lb mark landed.
They had a lot more cod around the 20lb to 30lb mark, with nearly all these monster fish being returned alive.
Some cod well over the 70lb mark were reported lost.
The shore fishing was also productive with the best session producing 63 cod all around the 3lb to 4lb mark as well as haddock to 7lb, all taken on sporting spinning rods.
During daylight hours, the fish were taking lures and on night time sessions bait fishing was the most productive.
Twenty-four anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake with seven weighing in 14 cod and a whiting.
Taking the first prize of £100 was Lee Burton with a 4lb 12oz cod from The Target.
Runner-up and taking hom £70 was Bobby Surtees with a 3lb 6oz cod from Roker Pier, whilE Andy Wilkinson took third and won £45 with a 2lb 14oz cod from The Blast beach.
John Robson was fourth with 2lb 12oz cod from Roker Pier.
Fifty anglers fished Ryhope SAC’s match on Sunday, with all the winning fish coming from The Target area.
First with three cod for 3,215g was Gary Watson, followed by Paul Richardson with two cod for 1,775g. Third place went to Lee Burton with two cod for 1,620g.
The heaviest round fish was Watson’s at 1,335g, whilst the heaviest flat fish was taken by Ralphie Stephenson at 605g.
Junior winner was Matthew Win with two flat fish for 785g.
Sunderland SAC saw 11 fishing at the weekend with three weighing in a codling, a flounder and a blennie.
Top rod was Stephen Laverick with a codling of 1lb 10oz (also the heaviest fish) then Ronnie Head with a flounder of 14oz with John Robinson in third with a blennie of 2oz.
This Saturday, Seaham SAC fish their Age Concern Nighthawk competition (6pm-1am).
Due to popular demand, Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday sweepstakes will continue throughout April. Entry is £10 and boundaries are open.
Seaham SAC’s Blenny Hill Open returns on Saturday, April 12, fishing at The White Wall in the River Wear.
All of this year’s competitions will be held on a Saturday, so as not to clash with any other club competitions and enabling more anglers to compete.
These competitions are a great introduction to match fishing, particularly for junior anglers.
Entry for each competition will be £5, of which £2 will be paid out for the longest fish. £2 will go towards the heaviest bag prize, 50p towards running costs and the remaining 50p will be donated to Little Derek’s fishing fund.
More details are available from Seaham HQ on 0191 5810321.
The Scottish Sea Anglers Conservation Network (SSACN) are holding their third Common Skate Recapture weekend on April 11-13.
This event evolved from the Common Skate Tagathon which was established to gather data on the Common Skate.
It’s run over quite a wide area, mainly centred around Crinan and Oban where it is believed that the skate populations are largely resident.
Further details are available from www.tagsharks.com/skate-recapture-event
Now in its sixth year, SSACN’s Sharkatag event will take place at Scotland’s south west coast on June 6-8.
Sharkatag is a non-competitive, friendly angling event. The aim of which is to ag and collect data on shark species.
It will run from bases at Drummore, Sand Head, Isle of Whithorn and Brighouse Bay and target a wide range of species meaning that boat, kayak and shore anglers can all get involved. This year’s event will focus on Ray species.
Thornback Ray catches in the Sulway appear to be increasing, however numbers of blonde, spotted and cuckoo rays seem to have fallen.
More information is available from www.tagsharks.com/tagging-programmes/sharkatag2014.
Saturday, August 16, sees the SSACN hold its second species hunt at Luce Bay and Port Logan.
The purpose of this event is to encourage anglers to measure their catch rather than weight it and calculate weights using SSACN graphs. The all-day species hunt event will be based at Ardwell Slipway and picnic area in Luce Bay.
More information is available from www.tagsharks.com/species-hunt-2014.