All whiting on the night for pier anglers

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THE main target for shore anglers continues to be whiting, with Roker Pier still giving up bags of up to ten fish along with coalfish, flounder and dab.

There have also been a few plaice up to 1lb around taken on ragworm bait.

The flounders have still been showing in the River Wear with fish up to 1½lb. The top spots have been the Business Park, Claxheugh and Southwick promenade, with the best baits proving to be runnydown and mackerel.

Seaham South Pier has been giving up whiting as well as a few plaice, while South Shields Pier has been the best mark for anglers after codling, with fish up to 3½lb, as well as whiting and one or two plaice up to 1lb.

There have been good bags of coalfish from the pier during daylight hours on mussel and crab baits.

Meanwhile, the River Tyne has fished for coalfish with fish up to 2lb on crab baits. There have also been lots of undersized codling at the bottom end of the Tyne – let’s hope this is a good sign for later on in the year!

One or two boat and kayak anglers tried their luck at the weekend with one kayak angler taking a pollock (4½lb) from the back of the South Pier on jelly worm.

The Sapphire was out on Saturday in choppy conditions, fishing a wreck eight miles out, and took 12 codling and one ling (up to 5lb) on squid baits. Anyone interested in having a trip out on the Sapphire should contact Peter on 0191 542 0326.

It’d be fair to say that we’ve had some good whiting in our area this winter, but nothing came close to the whiting taken on a boat out of Plymouth last week.

The fish weighed a staggering 7lb 6oz and, if verified, will be a new British record – the current record being set over 30 years ago by a 6lb 12oz whiting.

Last February saw 16 members of Ryhope SAC competing with three weighing in four fish. Steve Rackstraw’s coalfish (480g) from Panns Bank took first place followed by Lee Burton’s flatfish (410g) from Sand Point. Third place went to Wayne Harriman’s flatfish (330g), taken from the fish quay.

Jarrow Alberta’s first match of the season was a difficult one with most of the 35 anglers scratching to weigh in. Ian Hodgkinson was top rod with six fish (6lb 7oz), ahead of Peter Graves’s seven fish (5lb 12oz). Hodgkinson and Graves were also joint winners of the heaviest fish – both with a flounder (1lb 6oz). Andrew Hodgkinson brought up the rear with four fish (3lb 9oz). The European Open Beach Championships at Bridlington were a resounding success at the weekend, with a record breaking 872 anglers taking part and those from Sunderland faring extremely well.

Local angler Chris Hossack won day one with a codling (2,465g), pocketing him £2,000. The overall winners of the pairs event were Sunderland lads Steve Graham and Ken McCoy (6,755g) winning £750.

Hossack’s luck continued when he and Richie Carr took second place in the pairs (3,565g), making them £450 richer. The overall winner of the two-day competition was Stu Voase (4,885g), who went home with £4,000 in his pocket.

Seaham Sea Anglers were out on Sunday, competing for the Clifford Plate. Forty three anglers took part with 21 weighing in 78 fish (54.48lb).

This was an all-whiting weigh-in, with Dean Furness taking eight fish (5.76lb) for first place, followed by John Prentice with six fish (4.6lb) in second place. Micky Davison was third with seven fish (4.41lb).

The heaviest single fish was Dean Monarch’s whiting (1.29lb). Furness and Davison took the pairs event title with 15 fish (10.17lb).

Fixtures this weekend include the Eastenders club competition on Saturday (12-4pm). Sunday is a busier day with Ryhope’s club competition (2-6pm) and Sunderland Sea Anglers also being out (2-6pm).

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