Andy strikes it lucky to land massive 200lb shark

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A group of anglers from Sunderland Sub Aqua Club had a fantastic experience when they fished five miles off Sunderland last Sunday aboard local charter boat The Sapphire.

Andy Jewitt got his line stuck on the wreck and when he started to retrieve it, it was taken by a Porbeagle Shark estimated at 200lb.

He somehow got the shark to the side of the boat and the anglers decided that it was best to release it as it may have been too large to bring on to the boat!

The skipper of The Sapphire has received reports from divers of large conger eels and ling around local wrecks, so he is planning shark trips and anchoring over wrecks to try for big conger eels next year.

H One piece of sad news is that well known Sunderland angler Colin Smith passed away last weekend aged 85 years.

H Shore anglers are still finding whiting feeding in the Wear at the Rat House Corner and the Glass Centre.

 Further upriver there have been codling up to 2½lb, along with some good flounders, from the White Wall area.

Roker Pier has been quiet this week with mostly dabs and flounders, a few whiting and the odd codling to 2lb. This is probably due to the small tides last week. Things are expected to pick up with the bigger tides this week.

H The River Tyne has given up whiting at Hebburn Marina, Church Bank and Jarrow Park. There have also been some big flounders from this area – the best one fell to the rod of Bobby Surtees and weighed 2lb 5oz.

Down river there has been codling at the Walkway and from the Groyne, up to 2½ lb as well as coalfish and whiting.

South Shields Pier has given up codling to 5lb from the end of the pier and the Blocks area. On the flood tide the Post has fished well for coalfish up to 2lb with bags of up to 12 fish being taken.

Further north Lynemouth beach has fished well for codling with bags of five to six fish up to 8lb. A Sunderland angler took a bag of three fish to 6lb there on Sunday night.

H Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake last week saw 26 fishing with ten weighing in 17 fish.

First with a cod of 1,190g was Darren Welsh caught from Ryhope. Runner up Terry Mann caught a whiting of 670g from Hendon Prom and third placed Richie Carr took a cod of 665g from Roker Pier.

H Seaham Town Council’s 28th Open Shore Competition on Sunday had a good turnout of 139 anglers with 33 bringing 66 fish to the scales for 125.5lb.

D. Mould took a codling of 5.75lb to take the £350 first prize. Second place went to S. Golightly with a codling of 4.51lb, with D. McCreedy. in third place thanks to a codling of 4.02lb.

Golightly took the heaviest bag prize with four fish for 6.74lb and the pairs event with partner C. Stringer – again with four fish for 6.74lb. Second in the pairs was D. Mould, who fished on his own and took two fish for 6.71lb.

Rita Clark won the women’s prize with a whiting for 0.80lb.

Ryhope SAC were also out on Sunday, with 30 of 64 anglers weighing in.

Bobby Surtees chose Jarrow Riverside Park as the venue to take his winning bag of six fish for 2,850g – including the heaviest flat fish – a cracking 2lb 5oz flounder.

Chris Hossack finished runner-up with six whiting for 2,400g, while Lee Burton followed in third place with six fish for 2,100g.

The heaviest round fish went to junior angler Matthew Winn, with a whiting of 550g. Winn continued his excellent run by taking the junior prize with six fish for 1,745g, caught from the police HQ at Jarrow.

H Cleadon Club’s match on Monday night had 33 anglers taking part, with 11 weighing in.

The first three prizes were won with codling. Top rod David Carrick caught two (2lb 15oz) from The Walkway to take first prize.

Paul Rogers landed one (2lb 6oz) from Camel’s Island to take second place and the heaviest fish prize, while Gav Hall brought up the rear with one fish (1lb 14oz) from the River Tyne.

H The big open competition this weekend is the Northumbrian Open on Sunday (9.30am-1.30pm). Boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses South Pier. First prize is £500 in addition to cash prizes for the heaviest flat fish.

Competition HQ is the Bank House Club at Newbiggin, where tickets will be on sale on the morning of the competition. Tickets are also available in advance from local tackle shops.

More information from Steve on 07888 674 873.

H Ryhope SAC fish their club competition this Sunday (2-6pm) as do Sunderland SAC (3-7pm).

H Anglers are being urged to take part in a sea fishing survey to reveal the sector’s value and the state of our fish stocks. Sea Angling 2012, the largest ever survey of the sport in the UK is open to all anglers who are being asked to complete the survey online at

By taking part anglers will help to raise the profile of sea angling with Government and give scientists more insights into the health of our fish stocks.

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