Anglers find action’s best after darkness falls

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AFTER dark, bags of up to 20 whiting are still being taken from Roker Pier.

A few codling up to 3lb have been taken from the end of the pier and inshore on the barrier, falling to crab baits.

During daylight hours, coalfish are being caught in good numbers by anglers float-fishing with mackerel strip and there is still the chance of a good pollock.

Mackerel are still coming from the end of the pier, with first light seeming to be the best time, but, if the sea stays flat, we may get a late run of these fish.

Seaham North Pier has also produced whiting after dark, along with the odd codling from the end of the pier.

Mackerel have also returned here with bags of up to 12 fish, along with coalfish taking lures and bait.

Just as darkness falls, lesser spotted dogfish have been taking crab and fish baits with fish up to 2lb being caught.

The rocks marks at Whitburn and Marsden have given up codling to 3lb as well as some good coalfish to 1½lb – mostly on crab baits. There have also been a few bass up to 4lb falling to plugs by anglers travelling light and walking along the rocks at low water.

South Shields Pier has had a similar performance to Roker Pier this week in terms of whiting after dark, but during the day there have been codling to 3lb along with dabs, plaice, gurnards and coalfish.

The Tyne has been producing small codling, with fish 1½lb to 2lb, on rag and crab baits, along with one or two good sized coalfish.

Whiting have also started to show in the upper area of the Tyne with bags of up to 12 fish coming from Hebburn Marina and Church Bank.

Anglers heading further north to fish marks at Howick and Hauxley have taken a few good codling with the odd one near double figures. This should be good news for anglers fishing this weekend’s Seaton Sluice Open.

Boat anglers have not been having the best of times, but a few boats have managed to find fish.

Local boat Topliner fished seven miles off Seaham to take pollock up to 6lb and, on Saturday, fished off Sunderland, giving Barry Wright the chance to take ling of 10lb and 12lb as well as codling of 6lb and 7lb.

That same day, The Sapphire took cod to 8lb and ling to 6lb. On Sunday, fishing wrecks eight miles off Sunderland, they took pollock to 4lb, ling to 5lb and codling to 6lb, with the best fish being a 13lb cod, taken on mackerel bait.

Most of the other fish were taken on large green lumi hokkis, baited with squid or fresh mackerel.

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake last Tuesday saw 26 fishing, with eight weighing in.

The top four prizes went to cod, three caught from Roker Pier. Chris Hossack triumphed (1,190g), followed by Joe Grieves (705g) at Whitburn, with Dale Inglis third (600g) and Mick Davison fourth (520g).

Seaham SAC held their Badger Open last Friday night, with 18 anglers taking part and 12 weighing in 29 fish (20.65lb).

Chris Hossack was the clear winner with a 4.93lb codling, beating R. Davison (1.94lb) and G. Hope (1.71lb), who both had lesser spotted dogfish.

Davison won the heaviest bag (5.90lb) with lesser spotted dogfish and whiting. Davison also took the pairs title with Hope (10lb).

Last Sunday, 41 anglers put to sea in the Sports and Leisure Open Boat competition.

In the under-20 foot category, six weighed in and the winner was Richard Roll’s ling (12lb 14oz), caught from his boat, Stingray.

Arthur Smeaton’s cod (10lb 4oz) was runner-up from Lazy Daze, which also delivered the third-place fish to Ken Robinson, an 8lb 15oz ling.

In the over-20 foot category, 18 weighed in with Sunderland boat Topliner giving local angler Liam Wood a winning ling (17lb 4oz).

Brian Wilkes also caught a ling (15lb 7oz) from the White Diamond for second place, with Robert Watson’s ling (13lb 5oz) third from the Mistress.

On Sunday, Seaham SAC will fish for the William Holman Trophy (noon-5pm), while Reelsports Summer League fish in the Tyne at the British Airways Business Park (12.30-4.30pm) and Sunderland SAC fish their competition (1-5pm).

The Ryhope Summer League competition has been rearranged (due to a clash with the Great North Run) and will now take place on Sunday, September 23 at Spillers on the Tyne.

The first big open of the season takes place this Sunday – the Seaton Sluice Open (8.30am-12.30pm) with boundaries from Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses South Pier, which gives anglers plenty of ground to go at.

First prize is £500 and there is a full supporting prize table. Competition HQ is the Bank House club at Newbiggin, where the weigh-in will be held (12.45-2.45pm). Tickets (£10, plus £2 for the heaviest fish pool) are available on the day from Bank House club or in advance from local tackle shops.

On Tuesday, Ryhope SAC fish an open competition for heaviest fish (7-10pm). Registration and weigh-in is at the rear of Sea View club. Entry is £5.

Despite a disappointing turnout for last week’s meeting to discuss the loss of ,and lack of, angling marks on the River Wear, progress is being made and angling representatives will be meeting with Sunderland Council in the near future to discuss a way forward.

A further meeting will then be held for anglers to discuss the outcome of that meeting. Please do get involved.

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