I WROTE last week that signs that spring was on its way were there (eat your heart out, Wincey Willis!), but talk about giving something with one hand and taking it away with the other – about the only good thing the warm blustery winds have done is get the washing dried!
Roker Pier re-opened on Tuesday this week, following the repairs to the decking, which I’m sure will please many anglers, myself included.
There have been reports of a few sea trout being caught in the Tyne during the past week.
In the event to raise funds for the Cain Burns appeal, the Ree family of Westerhope certainly took the honours, Michael coming first, James second, Michael junior fourth and Daniel fifth, with Ian Rankin coming third.
The few fish taken, mainly flounder and small whiting, came from the Copthorne. Even though the biting cold kept the numbers down, £70 was raised.
Sunderland AFC were not the only lads to do well away from home last weekend.
On Saturday, Sunderland anglers swept the board at a fishing match in Port Carlisle. Richy Carr won Zone 1 and was overall winner. Runner-up in Zone 1 and third overall was Kenny McCoy, while, in Zone 2, Neil Cutler and John Stead were second and third.
On Sunday, 34 anglers fished for Seaham SAC’s Wilkinson Cup.
Only eight managed to weigh in 12 fish for 12.95lb. Micky Davison triumphed with two fish for 3.55lb (one of which was also the heaviest fish – a lesser spotted dogfish at 2.85lb).
Runner-up E. Watson had three fish for 3.38lb, while third-placed D. Heron had a single fish for 1.99lb. Davison was on a winning streak, taking the pairs title alongside D. Furness with four fish for 4.89lb. Watson and K. Slater had three fish for 3.38lb to take second place.
Sunderland SAC saw 13 fishing their competition on Sunday. Lee Burton took first prize with a single cod of 1lb 7oz. Richy Carr was second with a 1lb 1oz flounder, followed closely by another flounder of 1lb as Alan Mordey finished third.
Only eight anglers managed to fish the sweepstake at the Business Park on Sunday. Top rod with 23 fish for 371cm was Kenny McCoy, Bob Gascoigne took 14 fish for 225cm and second place, while Phil Wright was third with 10 fish for 190cm.
Twelve members and one junior fished a catch and release match at a wet and windy Port Carlisle on Sunday for the Seaton Sluice summer league match.
All members caught fish, which were flounders apart from Jimmy Dunn with a 55cm dogfish which took the longest fish title.
The top three anglers were Steve Davis with 23 flounders (704cm), Marty Pygnal with 19 flounders (597cm) and Tony Stanford with 17 flounders (547cm), including the longest at 47cm. Simon Guthrie’s son Elliot landed six flounders for 194cm.
This Saturday night, Seaham SAC will hold their Nighthawk competition (6pm-1am). Registration and weigh in at the club HQ. Further information is available on 581 0321
One for the diary is the Mersey Angler’s Open on May 12 at Otterspool Prom (9.30am-2.30pm). his is a measure and release competition. Entry is £15 all in and registration will take place between 7.30-8.30am at Jericho Lane car park. More details are available from J. Waugh on 0151 6597974.
Looking further ahead, the North East Marine Region of the Angling Trust are holding the first North East Kayak Angling Championships on Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30 (10am-3pm), with weigh-in from 3-4.30pm.
Registration and weigh-in is at the Fort House Education Resource Centre, Links Road, South Beach, Blyth. Entry is £10 each day, all classes. Competitors must register from 8am at Fort House.
This is a heaviest single fish competition and there will be a good prize list each day. The heaviest single fish taken on the Saturday will win a Typhoon Angler Kayak, donated by Moonfleet Angling, Felling, while the first prize on Sunday is a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Kayak donated by North East Kayaks and Paddles, Amble.
There will also be a prize for the heaviest flatfish and a junior prize each day. For more details, and postal bookings, call Sam Harris on 0191 5184561, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Peter Mantle on 0191 4887421