Sea Angling by Jack Melton

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THERE is a change in shore fishing with more codling coming into the piers.

It is a shame that Roker Pier is still unavailable to anglers, but there are some good catches from the Tyne with mixed bags of over 20lb, and this does not include mackerel.

John Lovett and Mickie Davison had a good session, taking codling to 2½lb from Shields Pier. There are some nice plaice to 3lb on ragworm from the pier.

There are plenty of whiting, small codling, coalies and flatties from the Durham beaches and a night competition by Hartlepools Pirates produced a winning catch of 20 fish at 9lb 14oz for Bill Bradley. Mackerel and ragworm took most of the fish.

This pales into insignificance when anglers on the Evelyn Jane, out of Hartlepool, had a midweek trip to the offshore wrecks and brought back some 200 cod to 14lb and, following that, a party of novice anglers took more than 70 cod to 12lb, ling to 10lb and even a pollack of 6lb at the weekend.

Unfortunately, the Wear boats did not do so well, with cod to 8lb and ling to 6lb, apart from plenty of mackerel.

These are quiet times for Sunderland anglers with very few competitions at the moment, but, with the onset of codling catches, things may well improve.

Last Wednesday’s Eastenders Sweepstake at Panns Bank had just 12 rods competing, but all took fish – 16 flounders and 12 coalies.

Mickie Davison had the longest fish, a flounder of 34 centimetres, with a three-way tie for second place between Brian Turnbull, Jim Dobie and Paul Hossack, each for 33cm flounders. The longest total catch was six fish at 181cm by Tommy Tate.

The only other competition was a friendly match at Panns Bank over the weekend for youngster of the Blue Watch Club, organised by the Ryhope Sea Anglers volunteers.

Some good fish were taken with the best a coalie of 37cm.

Competitions arranged – Saturday: Eastenders SAC (Golden Lion, 11am-3pm); Sunday: Ryhope SAC (Tyne Business Park, noon-4pm); Seaham SAC (Crawford Cup, noon-5pm); Sunderland SAA (1-5pm); Wednesday: Eastenders Sweepstake (7-10pm. This is the last of the fixed venue matches in the Wear. The next ones will be open boundaries)