Numbers up for coalfish and cod at Roker Pier

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There seems to be a change in the angling seasons at the moment, with the number of mackerel starting to decline, and the codling, whiting and coalfish numbers picking up.

Roker Pier has given up lots of coalfish up to 1lb in weight, along with codling up to 2lb and, in darkness, the whiting have started to show with fish going up to ¾lb.

Codling are also coming from the River Tyne, with bags of up to six sized fish and lots of just under size, taken on crab and ragworm baits.

Some better codling have come from South Shields Pier, with fish up to 3lb, along with dabs, coalfish, pollock and plaice.

The best areas have been The Blocks and the end of the pier.

Further north, in Northumberland, there have been codling to 5lb coming from most of the rock marks, along with some good coalfish up to 2½lb and wrasse to 4lb.

Newbiggin, Newton, Seahouses, Craster and Dunstanburgh are all worth a look, with crab being your best bait choice.

Seaham North Pier has produced a few whiting and small codling, flounders and pouting.

There have even been a few Dover Sole taken, with the best one falling to the rod of Bob Stanwick in Seaham’s Night Hawk competition, taken on ragworm and weighing 2.13lb.

Anglers from the North East had a great time when they travelled to the Channel Island of Alderney for a boat fishing holiday.

Fishing from a charter boat, they took pollock, bull huss, bass and plaice all to good sizes, with most on the trip taking personal best fish.

Local boat anglers have also had some good sport with the Sarah JFK, finding some great fish over the wrecks, with most trips producing cod up to 17lb and ling to the same weight.

George Richardson took 17 fish, including six in double figure weights, which included a 16lb and 17lb ling and a 19lb cod.

Colin Dawson, fishing from a boat out of Amble, had a great day using redgill lures and taking 12 pollock up to 10lb.

Local charter boat The Sapphire, fished the wrecks out of Sunderland on Saturday and took ling up to 9lb and small codling up to 2lb (which were all returned to the water).

The boat then moved close inshore off Souter Point at Marsden and took codling up to 4lb.

A late result in from Sunderland SAC for last Sunday’s match saw 11 fishing and mostly all weighing in coalfish and flounders, with the exception of Danny Antliff who caught an eel estimated at 2lb 8oz, which, of course, wasn’t allowed.

The top three anglers all caught flounders, including Stevie Conlin’s winning fish of 1lb 3oz. Runner-up Alan Walker was not far behind with 1lb 1oz, which narrowly beat Billy Gamblin (1lb) into third place.

Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open saw only two out of 17 anglers catch any fish.

Jim Dobie took the top spot with two fish for 61cm, including the longest fish at 33cm. Rita Clark was runner-up with a single 25cm fish.

Seaham SAC fished their Night Hawk competition on Saturday, with 58 anglers taking part, with 25 weighing in 52 fish for a total weight of 31lb 9oz.

Dean Ambler triumphed with seven fish for 3.98lb. Runner-up Rita Clark had six fish for 3.42lb, while third-placed Kevin Barrass took five fish for 2.87lb.

Bob Stanwick was fourth with two for 2.77lb, including the heaviest single fish, a 2.13lb dover sole.

The pairs event was won by husband and wife Jack and Rita Clark with eight fish for 4.64lb, followed by Ambler and J. Barrass. who had seven fish for 3.98lb.

Sunday’s Open Boat competition was postponed due to the forecast bad weather.

The competition will now take place on Sunday, September 15. Anyone with tickets can use them on this date. More information from Sam Harris on 0191 518 4561.

 Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night saw 25 fishing, with only nine weighing in.

Louis Kellett won with two fish for 2lb 11oz, while runner-up Brian Ridley had three fish for 1lb 12oz. Rob Well’s single 1lb 12oz codling secured him third position and the heaviest fish prize.

 This Sunday, Sunderland SAC will fish their competition (2-6pm), and Ryhope SAC’s summer league continues at the Tyne Business Park (2-6pm).

The Rutherford’s Cono-flex League (3-6pm) has moved to the Copthorne Hotel to avoid a clash with Ryhope SAC.

Seaham SAC will compete for the William Holman Trophy (1-6pm) and the Whitley Bay Summer Open takes place at Howick (9am-2pm), meeting at the Doctor’s House.

 Members of Ryhope SAC are asked to attend a meeting at 7pm prompt on Wednesday, at Ryhope Cricket Club, to pick the dates and times for this year’s winter league.

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