Jim Dobie’s haul takes top spot in Crawford Cup

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BOAT anglers off the Wear have had a lean time over the past week due to the heavy northerly seas.

The Swordfish was out on Bank Holiday Monday over the rough ground but failed to take even one fish.

Boats out of the Northumbrian ports took codling to five pounds, pollack to seven and a half pounds and ling to 16lb.

Shore anglers had the best of the sport with codling to 5lb around the Eyemouth area and there were quite a number of whiting, coalies and mackerel from Hartlepool.

The usual flounders in the Tyne and the Wear gave anglers plenty of sport, with double figure catches the norm. Ragworm and mackerel strip appeared to do the trick against crab baits.

The closing of Roker Pier has decimated the catches in the sea at Sunderland, but there was plenty of action on Shields Pier with coalies and pollack to 2lb.

Seaham Pier has produced fish around the half-pound mark with the Crawford Cup match on Sunday, having a turnout of 34 members of the local club and 15 weighing in 34 fish for 18.77lb.

The best catch was by Jim Dobie with six fish for 3.71lb followed by Geordie Heron with five for 2.77lb. Third place went to George Hope for three fish at 2.41lb, with David Heron fourth for three fish at 1.99lb.

The heaviest fish was Jim Dobie’s coalie of 1.09lb, and he won the pairs’ pool on his own with 3.71lb. Dean Furness won the sealed weight for a catch of 1.07lb, the nearest to 0.98lb.

Last Wednesday’s Eastenders Sweepstake had 24 entrants. with all taking fish at Panns Bank (26 flounders, 21 coalies, three eels, a whiting and a blenny).

Jim Dobie was again in the frame with the winning fish, a flounder of 39 centimetres, followed by five equal sizes of 34cm by Dobie, Bob Gascoigne, Mickie Davison, John Lovett and Paul Hossack The longest catch was again by Dobie, with nine fish for 169cm.

Eastenders SAC were out on Saturday at the Golden Lion, with just 12 members competing.

Ten weighed in, with Ernie Hunter taking the winning catch, a flounder of 2lb 5oz on his first cast. Joe Greaves was second with 1lb 7oz, followed by Chris Stringer (1lb 5oz). Tommy Tate took the heaviest catch of 10 fish at 4lb.

Ryhope SAC fished at the Tyne Business Park on Sunday, with 22 members travelling.

In Zone A, Terry Mann won with 15 fish for 337cm, beating runner-up Jordan Lowes’s 14 at 322cm. Billy Bell had 14 fish for 300cm in third, just ahead of John Lowett’s 14 for 299cm. The longest fish was Alan Burton’s 37cm specimen.

In Zone B, John Bryan comfortably triumphed with 20 fish for 480cm, with Bob Surtees second for 15 at 404cm, with Stuie Bland third (14 for 377cm) and Bobby Bland fourth (13 for 329cm), who also had the longest fish, a 40cm flounder.

The Golden Peg award, only offered to the winner if he draws it at the beginning of the match, was won for the first time this season by John Bryan, who took home £250.

A belated result from last week was the Rutherfords/Conoflex match at the Copthorne Hotel on the Tyne, when 21 fished and all weighed in flounders and eels.

In Zone A, Bob Gascoigne won with 18 fish for 469cm, ahead of Jim Dobie (18 at 424cm) and Andy Rutherford (13 at 307cm). Tommy Tate won Zone B for 15 fish at 387cm, defeating Ken McCoy (11 for 284cm) and Neil Cutler (12 for 273cm).

Competitions arranged – Saturday: Seaham SAC Night Hawks match (6pm-1am Sunday); Sunday: Ryhope SAC (noon-4pm, Tyne Business Park); Wednesday: Eastenders Sweepstake (7-10pm, open boundaries).