Sea Angling, with Jack Melton

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THE improvement in angling continues with ling now showing on the wrecks and the quantity of codling on the increase.

Last Sunday’s boat competition from the Tyne proved to be a further monopoly for Jason Bainbridge as he won this competition for the fourth year running, courtesy of a 22lb 3oz ling, taken on a mackerel-baited muppet.

His partner in the Swordfish, Jeff Ayre, took second place with another ling (14lb 3oz), and a guest, Derek Serobine, came fifth with an 11lb 12oz cod. There were 44 entrants to the contest, with 16 weighing in single heaviest fish for 151lb 1oz.

Some good codling averaging 5lb have been coming from boats out of the Wear, as well as plenty of mackerel. The odd coalie and pollack have shown up. Mackerel strip on muppets seem to be the best baits for boat anglers.

One lucky angler, Peter Strickson, fishing out of Whitby on the Sea Otter, was fortunate to take a record halibut of 56lb – a port record.

There are still plenty of flounders in the local rivers, with eels beginning to show, plus one or two coalies, with all manner of baits attracting fish. Roker Pier is doing very well for mackerel and coalies, plus the odd flatfish.

Last Wednesday’s Eastenders Sweepstake at the Timber Beach had 24 rods competing, with 17 weighing in 35 fish (29 flounders, five eels and a coalie).

This was a heaviest fish competition, with Mickie Davison taking the best one, a flounder of 2lb 3oz, ahead of Chris Hossack (1lb 5oz). There was a three-way tie for third place between Paul Short, Steve Rackstraw and Chris Hossack for 1lb flatties. Hossack had the heaviest aggregate catch (5lb 4oz).

There were 20 rods out for Thursday’s Rutherfords/Conoflex match, with flounders, eels, whiting aand a smelt taken at the Copthorne Hotel. Kenny McCoy won with 338cm, followed by Gareth Gardiner (295cm) and Andy Rutherford (291cm).

Ryhope SAC had 30 members fishing, with all weighing in at the Business Park on the Tyne.

Bob Surtees triumphed in Zone A with 11 fish at 233 centimetres, beating runner-up Alan March’s 10 fish at 215cm, Phil Craig’s four at 91cm and John Bryan’s four for 86cm. The longest fish was Surtees’s 38cm flounder.

In Zone B, John Lovett won with 11 fish for 238cm, just ahead of Paul Richardson’s 11 for 231cms. Third place went to Barrie Stowells for 10 fish at 216cm, with Lee Burton fourth for eight at 143cm. The longest fish (37cm) fell to Mason Burton, while the junior winner was Tamsin Redpath for four fish at 106cm.

Seaham SAC fished overnight on Saturday for the Potter Cup, with 24 of 39 members taking 78 fish (42 coalies, 31 flounders, two whiting, a pouting, a plaice and a smooth hound) for 83.85lb.

John Clark had the winning catch of six fish for 5.42lb, with Micky Davison next with seven for 5.21lb and Ernie Watson third for five at 5.05lb. Dean Furness had six fish for 4.85lb, followed by Ken Slater’s four at 4.69lb.

The heaviest fish was John Williams’ 1.83lb coalie and the pairs’ pool was won by Slater and Watson for nine fish at 9.74lb. The top weights were taken between pegs 10 to 40. The club record was broken by the smooth hound.

Sunderland SAA had 22 members out, with most taking flounders from the river. Steve Mordey and Alan Walker were joint winners with flounders of 1lb 11oz. Billy Gamblin and John Robinson tied in third place (1lb 3oz).

Competitions – Saturday: Eastenders SAC, 2-6pm (Timber Beach); Saturday & Sunday: Rutherfords/Conoflex Open Competitions at Copthorne Hotel, 3-7pm (register at venue, Entry £10 plus optional pool at £5 for longest fish); Sunday: Eastenders Open, 2-6pm (Golden Lion); Ryhope trip to Silloth (meet at Village Tavern for 9.30am); Sunderland SAA, 3-7pm; Wednesday: Eastenders Sweepstake, 7-10pm; Thursday: Rutherfords/Conoflex Open, 7.30-10.30pm (Copthorne Hotel, entry £10, with 100% payout).