Anglers should look north for Seaham pier action

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SEAHAM’S North Pier will still be open to Seaham SAC members while work is carried out to give access to the south pier.

Parking may be restricted at the car park next to The Spiles as this is being used by the contractors to store their machinery as they get ready to start work on the north pier.

Boat anglers are still finding good sport fishing between Hartlepool and the Tyne. The Lone Shark, fishing out of Hartlepool over hard ground as the wind was too strong for the wrecks, took plenty of cod and ling. The best cod was 7lb and the best ling went to 11lb.

Fishing out of the Wear in midweek, anglers aboard the Iris Rose fished with baited hokki lures to take 40 codling up to 4lb. The Sapphire also fished out of the Wear on Friday, taking codling to 5lb and ling up to 6lb. Out again on Sunday, they found the fish still feeding and took cod and ling to 6lb. Hokkis baited with mackerel and shad lures took most of the fish.

Fishing out of the Tyne, the JFK II has seen some quality fish, taking ling between 12lb and 15lb, along with cod up to 10lb.

Fishing on The Monarch out of the Tyne on Sunday, Sunderland angler Terry Chapman took a pollock of 11lb 8oz and, on his next trip, landed a 13lb 3oz cod. Both fish took mackerel bait.

Also out of the Tyne, The Blueye 2 has had some great catches of cod up to 19½lb, with most trips producing more than 100 fish.

Fishing aboard The Mistress out of Whitby, Matt Breen and the boat’s skipper had a try fishing for Porbeagle Shark.

Despite problems with the lack of mackerel, and seals stealing their hook baits, the last hour of the trip produced a bit and after a hectic battle which saw the fish go on run after run, it was finally boated and measured 80 inches long with a girth of 53 inches which makes its estimated weight to be 28lb.

Seaham North Pier has produced some good bags of mackerel along with a few pollock, coalfish and launce sandeel. In the hours of darkness, there have been whiting and dogfish taking fish baits.

The River Wear is still producing flounders and coalfish, taking crab and mackerel baits, with the best areas between the Glass Centre and Southwick Prom.

For those who enjoy a bit of quiet fishing, the rock marks at Marsden have given up codling to 4lb – crab is a must bait for these fish.

South Shields Pier continues to be the hot spot, with plenty of mackerel and coalfish taking lures, along with codling up to 5lb, dabs, flounders and the odd gurnard and sole! The plaice seem to have disappeared, with only two or three reported last week.

Seventeen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake, with 12 weighing in 27 flounders. Lots of undersized fish were caught and returned to the water.

Lee Burton took the top spot with 1lb 5oz, then Alan Burton took second and third place with 1lb 3oz and 1lb 2oz. Micky Davison was fourth with 1lb 1oz.

Eight anglers competed in the Fisherman’s Locker match at the Glass Centre on Wednesday, with winner Steve Rackstraw taking nine fish for 195cm.

Andy Rutherford was second with seven fish for 148cm and Dave Mould took third with five fish for 125cm (including the longest fish – a cracking 39cm flounder).

Friday’s Blenny Hill open was fished at Claxheugh.

First place went to Jim Dobie with five fish for 151cm. Runner-up Micky Davison had two fish for 60cm, while Dave McCready took third with a single fish for 30cm. The longest fish was Dobie’s 36cm flounder.

Sixty members of Seaham SAC fished for the Richardson Cup on Sunday.

Winner Lee Burton took a single codling of 2.77lb to win the competition. Bob Gasgoine took second place with a 2.54lb pollock and John Blaney was third with three fish for 2.44lb. The heaviest single fish was Burton’s 2.77lb codling and he also won the pairs event with Blaney, with a total of four fish for 5.25lb.

Sunderland SAC had 11 fishing at the weekend with five weighing in four flounders and a cod that secure the top spot for Peter Moir at 4lb 2oz.

Chris Hossack took second place with a 1lb 7oz flounder, while Stevie Conlin was third with a flounder of 1lb 1oz.

Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is at Southwick Prom (7-10pm).

Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition will take place at The White Wall in the Wear (7-10pm) – competitors to meet at venue at 6.30pm. Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout.

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