Arrival of mackerel gives boat anglers a timely boost

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WITH some breaks in the weather last week, boat anglers were able to put to sea and try their luck.

Local boats fishing out of the Wear found a few codling up to 7lb on shad lures, as well as one or two mackerel.

With the mackerel starting to show, prospects for boat fishing should be improving.

Boats fishing out of the Tyne did well last week with some good quality fish being taken.

Anglers aboard the Sarah JFK took ling up to 15lb and pollock to 13lb, along with cod up to 8lb. By far the best boat trip of the week had to be down at Hartlepool where a party of boat anglers on the TJ Gannet caught six codling each, with the best one going to 7lb.

Shore anglers will be looking forward to the mackerel arriving at the piers. With some good-sized shoals of sprat around Roker Pier yesterday, it shouldn’t be too long before these fish show up (weather permitting!).

When the sea dropped off, there were a couple of good-sized plaice taken from the Blocks on South Shields Pier, along with good-sized coalfish. Most of the codling being caught, however, are undersize.

There are plenty of flounders being caught from the up-river marks in the Tyne, with bags of up to 20 fish taking ragworm, mackerel and crab baits. The best areas have been the Copthorne Hotel and the British Airways Business Park. The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden are still producing the odd good codling on crab baits. The best one last week, weighing 5lb 2oz, was taken by John Nixon from The Wherry.

Flounders are starting to show in better numbers in the Wear, along with some good-sized coalfish.

Crab and mackerel have been the top baits for these fish, with the best areas being the Glass Centre and Southwick Prom. Fishing at the Glass Centre last Thursday night, Sunderland angler Darren Welsh took a flounder that was white on both sides. I have seen flounders brown on both sides, and double sided, but never white on both sides!

In all, 23 anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Club competition with seven weighing in eight fish.

Micky Davison won with a coalfish (1lb 6½oz), ahead of Steve Harriman’s flatfish (1lb 5½oz), Dale Short in third with a 1lb 1oz coalfish and Steve Rackshaw’s flatfish (14½oz).

There are plenty of competitions this weekend to keep anglers happy.

On Saturday, Eastenders Club hold their first open sweepstake at the Glass Centre (11am-3pm). This is a pegged competition with registration at the venue.

Also on Saturday, the River Tyne Sweepstake takes place at the British Airways Business Park (12.30-4.30pm).

This is a pegged measure and release competition. Registration is at the venue and entry is £10 each with 100 per cent pay-out. For more details, contact Gav Owen on 07792 530700.

Sunday is a busy day with Seaham Sea Anglers competing for the Moore Cup (12-5pm), while Sunderland Sea Anglers are out from 1-5pm. Ryhope Club’s summer league begins on Sunday (1-5pm) at the Copthorne Hotel in the River Tyne.

On Tuesday, Ryhope Club will fish their Tuesday night sweepstake at the Glass Centre (7-10pm)

The very popular Silloth Championships, scheduled for Sunday, is now fully booked. Anyone hoping for a cancellation can contact Mark Armstrong on 01900 605093.

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