Anglers forced to wait for boost in codling numbers

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THE arrival of the big seas last week proved disappointing for anglers as the expected codling failed to appear.

This was probably due to the vast amount of fresh water coming down the rivers and running off the land. The rivers became virtually unfishable because of the amount of weed, trees and rubbish.

By Wednesday the rivers were in full flood and there was more chance of a carp than a cod!

As the week progressed, a few codling were taken from Roker Pier, the best one (6lb) on Friday night by Mick Quayle. There were also a few good whiting to 1lb. Whiting also made an appearance at the mouth of the Wear, although not in great numbers.

By the middle of the week, South Shields Pier gave up cod to 8lb, along with good bags of whiting and a few dogfish.

The Tyne gave up codling to 3lb, along with whiting and some good sized coalfish to 2½lb. The best areas have been the Walkway, the Ice House and Smith’s docks on the north bank of the river.

North of the Tyne fished a lot better, with fish to 9lb from the Whitley Bay area. Blyth West Pier saw codling to 5lb.

Anglers are being warned that the cliff at Frenchman’s Point, South Shields, has a big hole under the point (it’s on the left hand side that faces the north arm on the other side of the bay).

The last three to four feet of the cliff is full of cracks and looks like its being held together by mud alone. Anglers fishing there should be extremely cautious – a fish isn’t worth your life.

Tired of the anti-social behaviour on Roker Pier and the Old North Pier at Rat House Corner?

Well, so are the police. A small group of people who claim to be anglers continue to get drunk, light fires and generally make a nuisance of themselves on the piers.

Being drunk in charge of a fishing rod with a 6oz weight is a recipe for disaster and someone could be seriously injured – and the chances are that it would be an innocent passer-by.

Northumbria Police are asking anglers to report anti-social behaviour to them (call 101, ext 69191) so that they can end it and make the piers a place for everyone to enjoy.

I would encourage everyone to help the police sort out the problem so we can enjoy our sport in peace.

Last week’s storm meant a poor turnout for Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday sweepstake, with only 11 hardy anglers attempting to fish. Richie Carr was the only one to weigh in one cod (1lb 10½oz), from Whitburn.

Sunderland SAC’s Sunday competition only saw 12 taking part.

Top rod Alan Walker caught a 1lb 11oz coalfish, ahead of runner-up Billy Gamblin’s 1lb 7oz coalfish and Alan Mordey’s 1lb 3oz flounder.

Ryhope SAC fished the first of their winter club competitions on Sunday, with a respectable 69 anglers competing.

The winner, with a 2,610g bag of whiting from the Wear was B. Prest. The Walkway delivered the next two places, with G. Gardener second (2,560g) and W. Harriman third (1,775g).

The heaviest flat fish prize went to D. Ross for a 680g flounder. The heaviest fish was M. Harvey’s 755g codling, with Daniel Tate (775g) the junior winner.

Seaham SAC had 37 anglers competing for the Angus Mills Trophy on Sunday, with seven bringing fish to the scales.

Winner E. Watson landed a single coalfish (1.53lb) to beat G. Cook’s two whiting (1.15lb), with M. Davison third (0.96lb). The pairs event was won by Watson and D. Herron with Watson’s coalfish, which was also the heaviest fish.

Sunday’s Newbiggin Open saw 123 fish (191lb 1oz) weighed in by 372 anglers.

Scarborough’s Ian Thompson triumphed with four cod (10lb 9¾oz) from Alnwick’s George Hornsby (two cod, 9lb 1¾oz, including the heaviest fish prize for 7lb 9¾oz). Mark Crow (1lb 3½oz) had the heaviest flatfish.

Sunderland angler Lee Burton lost a cod (around 10lb) at his feet then caught another at around 7lb, but it was too late to weigh-in!

Meanwhile, a whopping 4lb 9oz plaice has been taken from Half Moon Rocks (south end of Whitley Bay) by Steve Elliott.

Seaham Sea Anglers fish their Badger Open tomorrow (7-11pm). Registration and weigh-in at Seaham HQ.

Tickets for the Sunderland Sea Angling Festival, taking place on Sunday, November 4 (2-6pm), will go on sale in local tackle shops from October 19.

This is a heaviest single fish competition (one fish per angler), with a £500 first prize, £300 for second and £200 for third. There will also be a prize table valued at more than £3,000. Entry is £12 (of which £2 will be paid out as a pool on the first three places – and could take the first prize up to £800).

The adult or junior winner of the heaviest flat fish will win a custom built Cono-flex Flattie Fanatic, built in SAFC colours and with the club badge on. This rod, worth £200, will have two tips (one standard and one quiver).

Boundaries will be South Shields Pier (including the pier) to Seaham North Pier (excluding pier) and west up to Queen Alexandra Bridge. Anglers may fish all public access areas on both banks of the Wear. More details are available from me on the number below.

0191 565 4183