Roker Pier comes up trumps for anglers

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ANGLERS have been enjoying fishing from Roker Pier, during the settled weather.

During daylight hours there have been a few good coalfish taken on mussel and crab baits.

On Saturday, there was a pollock weighing 4lb 4oz caught.

After dark,, there have been some good sized whiting, but not in the numbers expected – mostly coming from the end of the pier which has also produced codling up to 2½lb.

The best fish reported was a 5lb codling taken by Callum Grey.

At the start of the week, Seaham North Pier saw codling up to 3lb with bags of up to six fish, mostly taken from the pier end on lug and cart baits.

Marks at Ryhope also produced fish at the start of the week, with the best fish just over 7lb.

The River Wear has been quiet due to the clear water, with only a few whiting and flounders to show for anglers’ efforts.

The Tyne has produced some great sport, with flounders, whiting and codling caught.

The marks at the top end of the river have given the best results.

Fishing on the flood tide, Hebburn Marina has seen bags of up to six codling up to 3lb.

Good bags of codling have also been taken as far upriver as the Copthorne Hotel.

Fishing opposite the hotel in the Ryhope Christmas competition, Chris Hossack took a bag of codling for 13lb 2oz, which included a cod of 7lb 2oz.

North of the Tyne, good bags of quality cod have been caught.

Fishing the Newbiggin AC competition on Bog Hall Rocks, Willie Emery took five fish for 15lb 7oz, just ahead of Billy Foster, who landed four for 14lb 6oz. Foster also had the heaviest fish – a cod of 9lb 3oz.

Blyth AC also had a great weigh in at their club competition. J. Patterson took seven fish for 22lb 2oz including a fish of 6lb 13oz and 6lb 1oz. N. Howitt had five fish for 14lb 6oz.

The rock marks between Craster and Seahouses have produced cod up to 8lb on lug, razorfish and mussel baits.

Boat anglers have found a few fish uptide fishing just half a mile offshore.

Local charter boat The Sapphire fished off Whitburn on Saturday and took codling up to 3½lb on lug and cart baits.

Five out of 18 anglers weighed in 10 cod at last week’s Ryhope SAC Tuesday sweepstake, with the top prizes coming from The Target.

The winner was Tony Greenhalgh (7lb 6oz) followed by Micky Davison (5lb 4oz). Lee Burton took third (4lb 9oz) with Jason Brown coming fourth (2lb 8oz).

The Seaham Town Council Open at the weekend attracted 83 anglers.

Brian Carter fished from the North Pier and took a codling of 4.54lb to land the main prize.

Runner-up Dean Monarch also fished the pier and took a codling of 2.19lb.

Third-placed Marty Booth fished Ryhope for a codling of 1.78lb. Booth also had the heaviest bag with six fish for 7.48lb and also won the pairs’ title alongside A. Davies with the six fish for 7.48lb.

The Christmas Competition organised by Ryhope SAC saw a good turnout of 64 anglers, with all of the top bags coming from the Tyne.

First place went to Chris Hossack with six fish for 6,000g (13lb 2oz) which included the heaviest round fish – a cod of 3,235g (7lb 2oz).

Dave Mould finished as runner-up with 4,220g and third was Paul Hossack with 3,655g. Alan Burton secured fourth place with 3,540g.

The heaviest flat fish went to Aung Winn with a 380g flounder and the junior winner was Matthew Winn with 495g.

Twenty-five anglers took part in Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night, with 10 returning fish to the scales. M. Daglish was top rod with seven fish for 7lb 12oz. Runner-up J. Haw had five fish for 6lb 10oz, then D. Browne also picked up five fish for 5lb 13oz.

Tomorrow night, Seaham SAC’s Badger Open takes place (7-11pm). Entry is £10 with registration and weigh-in at the club HQ.

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday night (7-10pm). Entry is £5 with registration at Ryhope Community Centre.

One for the diary is the Easington Social Welfare Centre open competition for the Dean Foster Memorial Trophy, which takes place on Sunday, January 4 (11am-4pm).

Entry is £12, plus optional heaviest bag pool at £2. Boundaries are from Noses Point to Blackhall Chair. Registration (8.30 to 10am) is at Easington Social Welfare Centre.

The first prize for the heaviest single fish is £1000, plus the trophy.

More details are available from Ian Foster on 0191 5270635