Sea Angling by Jack Melton

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THERE has been a vast improvement in the fish being taken from the shoreline, but boats have been unable to get out from the Wear.

Nevertheless, plenty of whiting and codling have featured in a lot of bags taken in competitions.

Catches of double-figure bags of whiting are being taken from the Wear, with Gary Dunn topping the list with 20 from the Rat House Corner on Sunday afternoon. John Robinson had 17 during the Sunderland SAA match on the same day.

Good codling topping 4lb were taken by Jim Dobie at the Walkway, Dennis Halliday from Seaham and Barrie Wright from Marsden.

There were plenty of whiting on Shields Pier over the weekend and one unusual specimen, a ling of 4lb 3/8oz, by Steve Gordon who won Sunday’s Cleadon SAC match with 11 fish for 12lb 9oz, including the heaviest fish (the ling).

David Garrick fished the Tyne to come second for six fish at 10lb and third place went to Steve Elliott for two fish at 5lb 10oz, followed by Ray Edmonds’ pair of fish for 4lb 12oz from the Tyne.

Last Wednesday night’s Eastenders Sweepstake had 17 rods out, but just six weighed in.

Tommy Tate travelled to Marsden to win with a codling of 1lb 9oz and Bob Gascoigne took second and third prizes with codling of 1lb 6oz and 1lb 5oz from the Walkway. Paul Hossack was fourth for a 1lb 4oz coalie from the Black Path at Marsden.

Eastenders were out again on Friday night, with 14 members trying their luck and just four weighing in.

Jim Dobie won for a 4lb 15oz codling from the Walkway, with Dennis Halliday second for one at 4lb 14½oz from Seaham. Ernie Hunter took third place with a 3lb codling from Roker Beach and Bob Gascoigne was fourth thanks to a 2lb 2oz codling from Shields.

Ryhope SAC held a rover on Sunday with 73 members out and 30 weighing in 40 whiting, 15 coalies, 10 flounders and two codling.

Gary Dunn worked hard to take the top place with 30 whiting for 4,415 centimetres from the Rat House Corner, with Joe Lemon next for three coalies, two whiting and two flounders for 2,485cm. Youngster Mason Burton came third with two whiting, two flounders and a codling at 2,430cm – taking the junior prize, too.

Derek Rose had the heaviest flatfish at 510cm, while Steve Harriman had the heaviest roundfish, a codling of 628cm.

Sunderland SAA fished on Sunday with 22 members competing and most weighing in. John Robinson was the clear winner with 17 whiting for 10lb 2oz, finishing well ahead of Ronnie Head’s haul of nine for 7lb 9oz. Barrie Wright came third with a 4lb 2oz codling, the heaviest single fish.

Tomorrow, there is an Eastenders Open. Register from 5pm, with a 10pm finish (weigh-in by 10.30pm).

Eastenders SAC are out again with an open boundaries eventon Saturday (2-6pm), while Sunday is a busy day. Seaham SAC fish for the Dillon Cup (3-8pm), Ryhope SAC are out from 3-7pm, Sunderland SAA from 3-7pm and Eastenders from 2-6pm (boundaries from Shields Walkway to Seaham Pier).

There is another Eastenders Sweepstake on Wednesday (7-10pm).

The big one coming up is the Seaham Open on Sunday, October. Fishing is from 11am-4pm between the boundaries of Dene Holme Pipe to Hendon Groyne (excluded). Hawthorn Point and the cliffs above the Featherbed Rocks are out of bounds, as are the Seaham Docks, apart from the North Pier.

Entry is £10 (all classes), plus optional heaviest single fish, and pairs pools. The first prize is £1,000 and there’s a prize table of £3,000. Contact Seaham SAC on 581 0321 for details.