Big seas bring a big boost to cod anglers

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LAST week started quietly with whiting, dabs and the odd codling being taken from Roker Pier.

But things soon changed when the big seas came on Thursday – cod anglers were running to grab their gear with the promise of some good fishing.

Unfortunately, most of the piers were inaccessible, but there were plenty of fish elsewhere. Richy Carr fished the mudhole at Whitburn in the early hours of Saturday morning to take seven codling to 8lb. That same night, Whitburn beach gave up eight codling to 3lb and five good-sized whiting to Les Straughan.

There were also codling from the cliff tops at Ryhope, with Paul Richardson taking a cracking one of 9lb 4oz on Sunday. Hendon Prom and the Old North Pier also produced fish up to 5lb.

When Roker Pier re-opened on Sunday there were whiting and codling taken – with the best one falling to the rod of John Coussons at 10lb, from the end of the pier on crab bait.

South Shields Pier fished well on Saturday with fish up to 6lb, but did not perform so well on Sunday during the South Shields Open, with mostly whiting and coalfish being taken. One angler not fishing the match did take an 8lb fish from the end of the pier.

Ryhope SAC’s competition last Tuesday saw 28 anglers turn out. Despite there being a nice sea on, there was a poor weigh in, with only five anglers weighing in six cod.

The top two places, with fish of 2lb and 1lb 10oz taken from the Featherbed Rocks, went to Micky Davison. Liam Prest was third with a 1lb 6oz cod from Whitburn, closely followed by Paul Riley’s 1lb 5½oz cod, also taken from Whitburn

Sunday’s South Shields Open saw a fantastic turnout of 296 senior anglers and 12 juniors.

The winner of the heaviest single fish and overall winner was Paul Harrison with a cod of 4,020g, with Phil Wright (3,692g) second in the heaviest fish category, followed by Ged Stevens (3,636g).

Joe Archer (7,908g) was overall runner-up, and winner of the heaviest bag, with Gary Pye having the second heaviest bag (5,874g) and Gavin Head third (5,976g).

The women’s title was taken by Pauline Ferry (1,806g) and the junior champion with the heaviest bag was Mason Taylor (1,696g).

Gavin Head and Andy Rutherford took the pairs title (8,070g).

Seaham SAC were out on Sunday fishing for the Dillon Cup, with 13 of 38 anglers bringing fish to the scales for 36.21lb.

First with four codling for 5.56lb was R. Wright, ahead of A. Clegg’s two codling (4.41lb) and R. Davison’s three codling for 4.12lb.

The heaviest single fish, a 3.46lb codling, was taken by D. Bond. The pairs event went to Wright and G. Cook with six fish for 9.13lb.

Ryhope SAC fished their club competition on Sunday and saw 62 anglers taking part.

Paul Richardson triumphed with two cod (4,995g), including the heaviest single round fish which was a cracking cod of 9lb 4oz in old money.

Paul Hossack was runner-up with four codling (3,850g), with Lee Burton third thanks to three codling (3,285g).

The heaviest flat fish was Jim Metcalfe’s 350g flounder from Roker Pier, and the junior winner was Matthew Winn with five fish for 1,475g, taken from the Glass Centre.

Also out on Sunday, Sunderland SAC had 10 fishing and about half weighing in whiting, codling and flounders.

John Robinson won with an impressive 14 whiting and a flounder (12lb 4oz). Alan Walker was runner-up, and winner of the heaviest single fish, with a 6lb cod, while John Nelson was third with seven whiting (5lb).

Cleadon Club had 29 anglers out on Monday night, with nine weighing in

Rob Wells chose Tynemouth to catch his winning bag of two codling for 3lb. Narrowly beaten into second place was Ian McLachlan, who caught two codling for 2lb 14oz. Mark Shotton landed a whiting and a codling for 2lb 11oz to take third place and the heaviest fish prize with his 2lb 2oz codling.

The big open competition this weekend is Sunday’s Sunderland Shore Angling Festival (2-6pm).

Entry is £12 all classes, of which £2 will be paid out for first, second and third heaviest single fish. First prize will be £500, second £300 and third £200.

There will be a supporting prize table now valued at £5,000. For the heaviest flat fish, there is a Cono-flex Flattie Fanatic Plus valued at £265, built in red and white livery with an SAFC club badge.

Boundaries are from South Shields Pier (included as long as the gates are open) in the north to Seaham North Pier (excluded) in the south and west up to the Queen Alexandra Bridge. Anglers may fish in public access areas only.

Roker Pier is in bounds as long as the pier gates are open. If the gates are closed during the competition, anglers must leave the pier.

Tickets are available from local tackle shops or can be bought on the day at the Welcome Tavern in High Street from 9am. This is also the venue for the weigh-in (6-6.45pm) and the presentation of prizes. Further information available on the number below.

Sunderland SAC may also fish their competition on Sunday (3-7pm) depending on numbers, and Ryhope will stage their usual Tuesday night open competition (7-10pm) with registration and weigh-in at the rear of the Village Tavern.

Seaham SAC’s Badger Open on November 9 has been cancelled. Seaham Club’s AGM will take place on Saturday, November 10 and all members are asked to attend.

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