Mischievous mackerel finally start to make an appearance

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SHORE anglers are still awaiting the arrival of the mackerel, whilst boat anglers fishing around three miles off-shore are now finding them in good numbers.

Roker Pier has given up one or two mackerel, taken on daylight lures.

Anglers fishing with floats are taking coalfish, along with Pollock to 3lb with the bigger fish (5lb plus) mostly lost on the lift up the pier wall.

Ragworm and mackerel strip have been the best baits.

Dabs and flounders continue to take all manner of bait from the end of the pier and whiting have started to show after dark but are mostly on the mall side.

Flounder and coalfish are still being caught in the Wear, with fish up to 1½lb showing. The Glass Centre prom and the business park are well worth a try.

There are plenty of flounders in the River Tyne, although, a lot are on the small side there have been fish up to 2lb, with the best venue for easy access being British Airways Business car park.

Can anglers fishing this venue please tidy up when you go as complaints have been made about anglers leaving lots of rubbish and as this is a private car park, we can be stopped from fishing there.

Another smooth hound has been taken from Seaham North Pier during Seaham SAC’s Nighthawk. It fell to the rod of Matty Swan and weighed 1lb 8oz which is a new club record.

Travelling anglers have found some good sport around the St Abbs area with codling up to 5lb, wrasse up to 3lb, coalfish to 2lb and bags of good sized mackerel.

On Saturday, Catch 22 took nine anglers hard ground fishing.

After a slow start, with only half a dozen cod around the 3lb mark, they moved south to the white stones for the ebb tide.

After a steady session for the rest of the day, they ended with 50 cod from 2½lb to 7lb, a few mackerel and returned around 15 undersized fish to the water.

A similar sort of day was had on Sunday again with nine anglers.

After heading south from the marina early for hard ground fishing, at the end of a good day, came away with 60 codling in the 2lb to 6lb with the best bait proving to be mussel.

Anyone fancying a trip out on the Catch 22 can call Bob on 07979 238464.

Local charter boat The Sapphire fished over the wrecks at the weekend up to 11 miles off shore.

On Saturday, the anglers aboard took 20 codling to 8½lb.

Sunday’s party took 30 codling and ling up to 5lb along with lots of mackerel.

Most of these fish were taken on fresh mackerel and mussel baits. Anyone wanting a trip on The Sapphire can contact Peter on 07854 819924.

Any other skippers wanting to report their catch can contact me on the number below.

Twenty four anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake, with all catching fish, which were mainly flounders with the odd coalfish and cod thrown in.

The top four anglers all caught flounders, and in first was John Blaney (1lb 6oz), followed by Paul Hossack (1lb 2oz). John Lovett took third (1lb) whilst Craig Smiles came fourth (15 ½ oz).

Only nine anglers fished Friday’s Blenny Hill Open.

Top rod with four fish for 118cms was Paul Edwards. Runner up and captor of the longest fish at 34cm was Jack Clark with a total of three fish for 92cm. In third place was Jim Dobie with two fish for 59cm.

Saturday night’s The Potter Night Hawk saw a better turnout of 41 anglers for Seaham SAC, but only nine managed to weigh in 10 fish for 8.9lb.

Top rod and winner of the heaviest single fish (1.98lb) was Geordie Hope.

Runner up also with a single fish (1.51lb) was Matty Swan, while Ernie Watson weighed in two fish (1.09lb) to take third.

The pairs’ event was won by Swan and M. Sardag with two fish (2.28lb)

A great weekend of fishing was had by anglers who came from far and wide to fish the Rutherford’s Cono-flex two day open competition.

With a prize pool of £1950 in cash, and Cono-flex rods to be won, it was worth travelling from Sussex and the Isle of Man, although, I’m pleased to report that local anglers did exceptionally well!

On day one, the winner of Zone 1 was Shawn Golightly with 22 fish (381 cm). Tommy Tate was second with 17 fish (345 cm) and in third place was John Stead with 15 fish (332 cm).

In Zone 2, Andy Rutherford won with 22 fish (457cm), whilst Neil Cuttler was runner up with 26 fish (431 cm). Steve Williams took third place with 17 fish (363 cm).

Day two saw Neil Cuttler winning Zone 1 with 22 fish (417cm), followed by Gareth Gardiner in second with 17 fish (373cm).

Zone 2 winner was John Stead with 26 fish (432cm), whilst Paul MacIntyre had 17 fish (423cm) to take third.

Overall winner was Neil Cuttler with three points, who went home with £485 in cash and a new Cono-flex Flattie Beach Quiver valued at £220.

John Stead came second with four points, followed by Andy Rutherford in third with four points and Gareth Gardiner in fourth place with eight points.

Forty anglers fished the inaugural North East Kayak competition at the weekend with 19 returning with fish.

Winner Dave Todd, from Blyth, took a 6lb 13oz Pollock. Second placed Ben Quinn took a 4lb 7½oz codling, whilst John Atkin took third place with a 4lb 2¼oz codling.

The heaviest flat fish title went to Michael Todd for his 6oz fish.

Only 27 anglers fished on the second day in very windy conditions which led to no fish being brought to the scales.

One angler did take a good sized dab, but it slipped through his fingers as he was showing it to a fellow competitor – what a shame because that fish might have won him a Kayak worth £1000!

On Sunday, Seaham SAC will fish for the Sulgrave Trophy (12-5pm) – please note that this was previously advertised as taking place on Saturday, but that was an error in the Club’s fixture list.

Sunderland SAC will compete for the heaviest single fish (12-4pm) and also on Sunday Ryhope SAC’s summer league will fish (12-4pm) at the Copthorne Hotel in the Tyne.

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake will take place on Tuesday (7-10pm) at Lambton Drops, meet at Panns Bank.

A date for your diary is August 18, there will be an open boat competition.

Entry is £10 and the first three prizes will be cash (50 per cent, 30 per cent and 20 per cent).

Boats may fish from any port (8am-4pm) and weigh in at Royal Quays, North Shields.

Tickets are available from tackle shops. More details will follow nearer the time.

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