Wrecks come up trumps as boat anglers strike gold

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BOAT anglers are finding good fish on the wrecks, with hokkai and shad lures starting to take good numbers of fish.

Local charter boat The Sapphire found some great fish over wrecks 20 miles offshore last Wednesday, taking ling to 10lb, pollock to 10lb and cod to 8lb being taken.

An 18lb ling was taken by Michael Newton during a four-hour trip aboard The Sapphire on Friday evening, along with a 10lb cod taken by Sonny Dodds. To top off a great weekend’s fishing, David Woods caught a cod of 22lb on mackerel-baited hokkais on Monday.

Catch 22 returned lots of undersized cod to the water on Sunday during a trip which saw them take around 35 good mackerel of 3-7lb, while Tyne boat JFK also found fish, taking more than 100, including 40 double figure fish, mostly ling. Paul Cowan took the best one at 24lb.

Shore anglers are finding mackerel in good supply at South Shields Pier, along with coalfish, plaice up to 2lb, codling up to 3½lb and one or two good pollock to 5lb from The Blocks area.

Tynemouth Pier has seen good bags of pollock taken using float fishing tactics with fish up to 8lb.

Roker Pier has been on and off for mackerel with some days producing good bags of fish but only a few being taken the following day. There have also been a few codling up to 2½lb, along with dabs, coalfish, flounder and plaice. Whiting have started to show after dark.

The Wear is still producing flounder to 2lb on crab and mackerel baits, with the Golden Lion and Claxheugh the best spots. There are also a few eels starting to show in the Wear. Please remember that they are now a protected species and should be carefully returned to the water as soon as possible.

The British record for an eel, which has stood for 35 years, was broken last week by carp angler Steve Eastwood. The monster fish, weighing 11lb 8oz 8dr, was taken from Grovehurst Fishery in Kent and took a freelined piece of garlic sausage on a size six hook!

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake saw 25 anglers fishing, with everyone catching fish, however due to the stamp of the fish a lot of anglers did not return them to be weighed. All fish were returned safely to the water.

Sharon Stanlick won with a cracking eel of 2lb 2oz, ahead of Paul Hossack’s 1lb 11oz flounder. Kenny Newton took third and fourth places with flounders of 1lb 10oz and 1lb 7oz.

Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open had a healthy turnout of 24 anglers, including four juniors. Davie Stoker triumphed with four fish for 109cm, beating Paul Edwards’ three fish for 83cm and Jim Dobie’s two for 55cm. The longest single fish (34cm) was taken by Joe Greaves.

Sunderland SAC had 16 fishing at the weekend with seven weighing in six flounders and a single 2lb 3oz plaice, which took the top prize. Alan Ramsey managed to bag it from Roker Pier. Runner-up Alan Walker caught a 1lb 8oz flounder, followed by Billy Gamblin in third place with a 1lb 4oz flounder.

On Sunday, Seaham SAC fish for the Crawford Cup (2-7pm), while, also on Sunday, the Rutherford’s Cono-flex League continues at the River Tyne Business Park (4-7pm).

Sunday also sees the Bedlington Station Summer Open (10.30am-2.30pm). Boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Sea Houses South Pier.

Entry is £10 (juniors free with a paying adult). In addition to the prize table, the first prize is £200 for the heaviest bag. Heaviest single fish wins £100 and £50 for the heaviest flat fish. Registration is at the General Havelock, East Sleekburn, from 8-9am.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake (7-10pm) will take place at the Business Park on the Wear.

One for the diary is the Newbiggin Open, which takes place on Sunday, October 20 (9am-1pm), with a £500 first prize.

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