Pier still closed, but mouth of the Wear’s a hot spot for anglers

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NORTH East sea anglers will be bitterly disappointed with the news that Roker Pier will be closed for another three weeks, writes Andy Rutherford.

This popular mark has been a big miss over the last few months. Let’s hope it’ll be open for the Sunderland Shore Angling Festival on November 27.

Now for the good news!

The mouth of the Wear is fishing very well for whiting, with bags of up to 20 fish, there have also been codling up to 3lb.

The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have been giving up some good-sized codling up to 7lb, with more codling and whiting showing at Hendon promenade.

The River Tyne continues to be a hot spot for bags of whiting and codling up to 5lb, with the best marks being Hebburn Marina, Church Bank and the Police HQ at Jarrow.

For anyone heading north to fish, the Amble area has been fishing very well with cod up to 8lb.

Boat anglers fishing out of the Wear found a few fish this week, fishing as close as half a mile from shore, catching bags of whiting and codling up to 6lb. The best baits were lugworm and mussel.

Last Wednesday’s Eastenders Open saw six of 15 anglers weighing in eight cod, three whiting, four coalfish, and three flounders

First place went to Richie Carr, who caught a good 6lb 11oz fish at Marsden. The second, third and fourth places all went to Chris Hossack with a cod of 6lb 4oz, 4lb 7oz and 4lb 5oz, again all caught at Marsden.

Last Sunday saw 20 out in Eastenders’ club competition.

Chris Hossack chose The Walkway in the Tyne for his winning bag of five fish for 3lb 11oz. Back at Marsden, Richie Carr had two fish for 3lb 8oz for second place, with Brian Turnbull third with three fish for 3lb and Jim Dobie fourth for three fish for 2lb.

Heaviest roundfish winner was Richie Carr with a 2lb 10oz codling. Brian Turnbull had the heaviest flatfish at 1lb.

Last week’s big open competition was the Seaham Town Council competition with a great turnout of 113 anglers. Despite that, only 14 weighed in five codling, four coalies, nine flounders and six whiting.

Chris Hossack found himself in the money again, taking first prize with a 4.49lb codling, with Steve Williams second (2.2lb) and Jim Dobie third (1.80lb), with Dobie also taking the heaviest bag with three fish for 4.55lb.

The pairs prize went to Jim Dobie and Lee Burton with three fish for 4.55lb. Sue Hope won the ladies’ section and the junior prize went to Nathan Newton.

The disabled prize winner was David Wood, who had two fish for 1.48lb.

Cleadon Club held their competition on Monday, with 34 anglers fishing and 10 weighing in.

Mark Shotton won with four codlings for 5lb 8oz, ahead of Ian Mclaghlin’s two for 4lb 12oz, including the heaviest fish (a 2lb 11oz codling) and third-placed Gav Hall’s two for 3lb 2oz.

Looking forward to next week, competitions include the Eastenders Open on Wednesday. Registration at Eastenders pub from 6-6.30pm, with fishing 7-10pm and the scales coming off at 10.30. This is a heaviest single fish competition and the boundaries are from Seaham Pier to South Shields Pier, up the River Wear to the Queen Alexandra Bridge.

Eastenders are out again on Saturday, fishing their club competition (12-4pm).

Sunderland Sea Anglers are out on Sunday (1-5pm), as are Ryhope Club (2-6pm).

The big open this week is the 63rd South Shields and District Open, fishing from 11am-4pm.

First prize for the heaviest single fish is £600, with £300 for the heaviest bag, plus a prize table worth £2,000. There will also be prizes for juniors and ladies, plus £50 for the heaviest flatfish. There are optional sweeps for the heaviest single fish and heaviest bag and pairs with 100 per cent payout.

Entry is £10 for all seniors, £2 for under-16s. Registration and weigh-in at the New Crown pub, but tickets are available in advance from local tackle shops if you want to get to your mark early!

There is a Seaham Badger Open next Friday, November 18 (7-11pm), with registration at Seaham HQ.

Look out next week for more details about the Sunderland Shore Angling Festival. In the meantime, if there are any results or forthcoming competition details you want to share – give me a call on 0191 5654183 or email rutherangling@aol.com