Strong winds of little help to sea anglers

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THE strong winds that anglers have been hoping for finally came – but from the wrong direction. Be careful what you wish for!

At least there was a small back swell from the westerly gales on Sunday which brought codling in to feed.

The cliff marks at Ryhope have seen codling up to 3lb. The ever-popular Hendon Prom has also produced codling up to 3lb and a few good sized whiting.

Roker Pier has remained closed due to the storm forecast winds.

Anglers heading up the Wear for a bit of shelter have found flounders up to 1lb 6oz.

The best areas have been Claxheugh, The Timber Beach and The Business Park.

Further downriver there have still been plenty of small codling at the Glass Centre prom.

The Rat House Corner on the Old North Pier has seen codling up to 1½lb along with flounders and whiting.

The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have produced codling up to 5lb along with shelter from the wind!

Chris Hossack took a bag of three codling from The Black Path at Marsden to win his competition on Sunday.

Marsden Beach has given up codling to 2lb along with a few good flounders.

The rock marks at Marsden, Man Haven Bay, Johnsons and Frenchman’s Point have all seen codling and are worth a look.

South Shields Pier has seen codling up to 4lb along with some good whiting but not on all tides.

Some days have fished well and the next day has been poor.

There are still codling to 2½lb and whiting in the River Tyne with the bottom end of the river now fishing best on the smaller tides.

Further north, there have been codling from Whitley Bay and Blyth Beaches.

Keith Smith had a cod of 11lb in the 25lb bag of fish he took to win Blyth’s club competition.

The Newbiggin area, Lynemouth Beach and Bog Hall Rocks have all seen codling and are worth a visit.

Six out of 20 anglers weighed in seven cod at last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake. The top three fish were all caught from Roker Pier.

First was Mark Bresnen (3lb 2oz), then Scott Cook (1lb 12oz) with Chris Hossack in third (1lb 7oz). Neil Hansen was fourth (1lb 6oz) with a cod from the Cat and Dog Steps.

Last week’s Wednesday night competition saw 16 anglers fishing on Roker Pier in bluster conditions.

First place went to Stu Carr with a 3lb 7oz codling. (Carr also had the heaviest bag with two fish for 4lb 6oz.). Runner-up was Tommy Tate with a 3lb 4oz codling. Derek Russell’s 2lb 7oz codling put him in third place.

On Sunday, 57 anglers competed for Seaham SAC’s Coronation Cup.

Winner Darren Swan took six fish for 7.88lb, closely followed by Gary Pye with seven fish for 7.74lb.

Third place went to Gary Blanchard with four fish for 6.23lb and fourth was Ken McCoy with three fish for 6.19lb.  

The heaviest single fish was John Charlton’s 5.20lb codling taken from the Green Wall.

The pairs event was won by Swan and Pye with 13 fish for 15.62lb.

Sunderland SAC had 10 fishing at the weekend with four weighing in seven codling and two whiting. 

Top rod was Peter Moir with three codling (including the heaviest single fish at 1lb 10oz) and two whiting for 5lb 13oz.

Second-placed Paul Robinson had two codling for 2lb 1oz, while joint third place was tied between Steven Laverick and Henry Antliffe both with a codling of 15oz. 

Sixty-five anglers took part in Ryhope SAC’s club competition on Sunday.

Winner Chris Hossack fished Marsden to take three codling for 5,520g.

Runner-up Andy Rutherford also fished Marsden to take four codling for 3,725g.

Paul Richardson was third with two codling for 1,910g from Ryhope Cliff.

The heaviest round fish was Hossack’s 2,140g codling. The heaviest flat fish was Kelvin Martin’s 555g flounder. The junior winner was Matthew Win with 1,488g.

Only six out of 26 anglers returned with fish at Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night.

Winner D. Browne had three fish for 6lb, while runner-up R. Wells had two fish for 4lb 5oz (including the heaviest fish at 2lb 6oz.

Third placed N. Cutler also had two fish for 3lb 13oz.

Seaham SAC’s first Badger Open of 2015 takes place tonight (7-11pm).

Entry is £10 plus optional pools. Registration and weigh-in are at Seaham HQ. 

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake will take place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh-in at Ryhope Community Centre.

The Amble Open competition is due to take place on Sunday, January 25 (9.30-2.30). Entry is £12 all classes. Competition HQ is the Radcliffe Club in Amble where you can register from 7.30 am.

Following the success of Gentoo’s “Going Fishing” project for it’s older customers, the project has been re-launched with younger customers in mind.

Supported by Ryhope Sea Anglers’ Club “Going Fishing” is open to any Gentoo customer aged 16-49 years old. The first event will take place on Wednesday, January 28 (11am-2pm) at The Glass Centre.

It’s free of charge and all equipment and bait is provided.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Gemma Carrick on 0191 5255313 or 07734 597669