Anglers hoping for a break from troublesome rain

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JUST when anglers thought the weather couldn’t get any worse – it did!

The north-easterly wind caused rough seas and, as a consequence, Roker Pier was closed all week.

The excessive rainfall left the rivers full of flood water as well as leaves, branches and even full-sized trees!

The bad weather meant that boat anglers couldn’t get out to sea, so let’s all hope for some settled weather this weekend.

The closure of Roker Pier saw local anglers heading for the Old North Pier, and finding some sport with codling up to 3lb, along with flounders and the odd coalfish taking worm and crab bait.

Despite all the flood water, there have been some good-sized flounders coming from the bottom end of the River Wear with fish up to 1½lb, and the odd codling to 2½lb. The best spots have been the Glass Centre and Panns Bank in between the boat moorings and Lambton Drops.

South Shields Pier is still giving up a few good codling up to 4lb, with ragworm and crab being the top baits. The best marks have been the end of the Pier over low water or The Blocks on the ebb tide.

The River Tyne is still giving up some good coalfish along with a few sized codling. The best areas in the Tyne have been The Walkway and the Fish Quay next to the Ice House.

If the weather does settle down at the weekend and you fancy a boat trip, my advice would be to book direct with skippers rather than go through agencies as the agency booking fee can be quite substantial.

There are only two competition results this week. Alberta Sea Angling Club fished on Saturday, with 15 of 28 members returning fish to the scales.

It was a difficult match for most anglers, so well done to the lads who weighed in!

First place was taken by Andrew Hodgkinson’s nine fish (9lb 14oz), while Stephen Coyle was runner-up with six fish (5lb 15oz), followed by David Graves in third place with four fish (5lb 13oz).

Graves also took the heaviest fish title with a 2lb 14oz codling.

Twenty anglers braved the wet and blustery conditions on Sunday to fish a sweepstake at Lambton Drops (all but one had an umbrella, but I bet he buys one soon!).

The result was a close thing with first place going to Chris Stringer with eight fish (177cm), followed by runner-up Ken McCoy, who also had eight fish (171cm).

Third place went to Steve Williams with seven fish (169cm). Most of the fish caught were flounders, but a codling (53cm, weighing around 2½lb) took the longest fish prize for Colin Bell.

Despite the marathon taking place on Sunday, Sunderland Sea Anglers’ heaviest single fish competition will go ahead (2-6pm), but registration is now taking place at Claxheugh.

Seaham Sea Angling Club will also be out on Sunday, competing for the Davison Cup (noon-5pm) and the Reelsport Summer League will also be fishing the Copthorne Hotel in the River Tyne (noon-4pm).

On Tuesday night, Ryhope Sea Angling Club will hold their open sweepstake at the Glass Centre (7-10pm), which is a heaviest single fish measure and release competition. Entry is £5.

A few for the diary include Seaham Sea Angling Club’s Badger Open on Friday, May 11 (7-11pm), with registration and weigh-in at Club HQ.

For travelling anglers, the Maryport and District Sea Anglers Club will be holding their spring open competition on Sunday, May 13 (1-5pm). Registration (11am) at Glasson Rangers RL Club in Maryport.

There will be cash prizes for the top three heaviest flat fish and a cash prize for the heaviest round fish.

More information is available from David Underwood on 01900 605765 or Jeff McAllister on 01900 870624.

The Rutherford’s Cono-flex Sweepstakes start on Tuesday, June 12 at the Copthorne Hotel on the Tyne (7.30-10.30pm). This is a measure and release competition with 100 per cent payout.

Entry is £5 with optional £5 super pool. More details are available from Andy on 0191 5654183.

0191 565 4183