Anglers urged to take care in adverse conditions after tragic loss

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ANGLERS will be saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Horden angler Paul Turner, who was swept out to sea at the weekend while crossing a stream between Horden and Blackhall.

Paul leaves behind a wife and six children.

A further tragedy was averted closer to home, when a group of anglers were safely rescued from Roker Pier on Saturday.

This brings to mind just how dangerous our sport can be, so please when you are fishing, check the weather forecast for wind direction.

It’s also important to check your tide book and not just for high tide, but for the size of the tide, as big tides can make a huge difference to sea conditions and how large the waves become.

Also note the size of the swell can increase when the tide turns.

A lesson to be learned from Saturday’s rescue is that just because the gates are open on Roker Pier, it doesn’t mean that all of the pier may be safe to fish from.

Anglers should be very careful when there is any sort of swell running.

If in doubt move down the Pier or even better move off it altogether!

Codling have been caught from most marks in our area, but it has been difficult to predict where the fish are going to come from. The piers have seen better all-round catches.

Tommy Tait fished Whitburn Beach last Monday to take codling to 6lb. Stu Carr fished Roker Pier to take a 26lb bag of fish with the best being 7lb 8oz and 9lb 8oz.

Last Tuesday, Phil Wright fished inshore on The Barrier to take a cod of 7lb 8oz and on Thursday Aaron Stead fished the first steps into The Bay and took a cod of 7½lb.

Fourteen-year-old Callum Gooch took a cracking 14lb cod from Cambois, while Andy Wilkinson landed a cod of 12lb 3oz from the end of Seaham North Pier.

Al Thaw fished a mark in Northumberland to take a 36lb bag of codling, which were 13lb, 12lb, 6lb and 5lb – all taken using frozen bluey as bait.

As the sea dropped away, whiting have moved in in good numbers with Ryhope, Hendon Prom and Rat House Corner all producing good sized whiting up to 1½lb.

The River Wear is still giving up good bags of flounders on runnydown and mackerel baits.

The best areas are still proving to be Claxheugh and the Business Park with bags of up to 20 fish.

Although some of the fish are on the small side, they have provided good sport.

Please take care when returning these fish to the water and don’t pull your hooks out of a deep hooked fish, as this will result in its death.

Cut your line as close as you can to the fish’s mouth, or better still use a disgorger or forceps to remove the hook.

Sport has also picked up in the River Tyne with good bags of whiting along with coalfish and codling up to 3lb, although the amount of small undersized codling is still a problem.

South Shields Pier has fished well for codling, coalfish and whiting with some good bags of fish taken last Sunday.

The best areas have been the end of the pier, Blocks and The Post fishing into the Bay.

H Not many boats have been out this week. The Sapphire found a gap in the weather on Sunday and fished three different marks around Souter Point to take 30 codling with most around the 5lb to 6lb mark.

The best at 9½lb, however, was taken by Adam Ellwart. Most of these fish were caught using lugworm.

Any other boat skippers who would like their catches reported can contact me on the number below.

H Last Tuesday, only two out of 14 anglers weighed in for Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake.

Micky Davison fished Featherbed Rocks to take the top-three places with codling (2lb 8oz, 2lb 7oz and 1lb 8oz).

Steve Swinhoe took fourth place with 1lb 6oz from Hendon Prom.

Ninety six anglers took part in the Whitley Bay Evening Open on Saturday with 25 returning to the scales. Top rod was Phil Skinner who took home £500 for his winning bag of four fish for (14lb 3oz). This included the heaviest fish at 9lb 6oz.

Runner-up Peter Wilson won £200 for his bag of six fish (12lb 12oz), followed by Paul Sample’s five fish which also weighed 12lb 12oz securing him third place and £150.
Ryhope SAC held their Christmas competition on Sunday and saw 74 anglers taking part, of which 57 returned fish to the scales – mostly whiting, codling and flounders.

W. Harriman chose to fish The Blast Beach to take the winning bag of codling and whiting for 4,660g, which included the heaviest round fish of 1,425g.

Second was S. Swinhoe, who fished Ryhope to take 3,490g. Third-placed P. White had a bag of 3,325g. K. Haley took the heaviest flat fish with a flounder of 885g, whilst junior winner Lauren Haley weighed in 2,130g.

Twelve out of 30 anglers who fished Cleadon club’s match on Monday night weighed in fish.

Mark Shotton returned to the scales with a mixed bag of eight whiting and codling for 7lb 12oz to take the top prize.

Runner-up Neil Cutler had six fish for 5lb 5oz, while Graham Slessor took third place with seven fish for 5lb 2oz.

Terry Wood took the Fur and Feather title, along with the heaviest fish prize with a codling for 2lb 2oz. Shotton, Geordie Stobbs and Alan Heeley were joint second with 1lb 12oz.

H Holiday competitions include the Hornsea Open on December 27 (10am-4pm, weigh-in by 5pm).

 Tickets are available from The Marine Hotel in Hornsea from 7.30am. More details are available from

On December 29, the Money Match, New Ship Inn at Newbiggin takes place (8pm to midnight). Entry is £10 including the heaviest single fish – 100 per cent payout.

Boundaries are open (excluding rivers, piers and estuaries), round fish only (no eels). More details available from John on 07738 164183.

Also on December 29, Jarrow Alberta Club will be holding the Reg Francis Memorial Sweepstake (10 to 4pm).

Entry is £5 with optional heaviest fish £1. Registration is at Jarrow Alberta Social Club between 8-9am.

Boundaries are Jarrow Riverside Park, River Bank at Police HQ, Church Bank, The Mesh and Hebburn Marina including Stone Jetty.

On New Year’s Eve, there will be a measure and release sweepstake at Claxheugh in the River Wear (2-6pm). Entry is £10. More details from Ken McCoy on 07989 811941.

0191 565 4183