Bags of mackerel a timely boost for North East anglers

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MACKEREL are now showing in good numbers from the piers at Seaham and South Shields – and there have even been some at the Rat House Corner.

On Saturday, Seaham North Pier gave up good bags of mackerel and launce sandeel.

South Shields Pier has produced bags of up to 60 mackerel, including a one of 3lb taken on a spinner by Grant Hughes. The pier has also fished well for dabs and plaice on ragworm baits and has also produced pollock, wrasse and gurnards.

Codling up to 4lb have been taking crab baits and, in the hours of darkness, whiting have started to show.

The Wear and the Tyne are still giving up flounders, small codling and coalfish. A few eels have also started to show but anglers should remember that these fish must be returned safely to the water as they are a protected species.

Further north, there have been good cod taken from the rock marks in Northumberland, with 20lb bags being landed, which have included fish up to 7lb as well as coalfish and pollock.

Anglers travelling to fish the Mull of Galloway on the west coast of Scotland are finding great sport, with mackerel in good supply as well as pollock, wrasse, conger eels and the usual dogfish.

Those venturing up and down the east coast have also found some good fish. St Abbs and Eyemouth have seen cod and pollock up to 7lb. On the beaches at Hiltson to Easington on the Yorkshire coast, anglers have caught smooth hounds up to 25lb, with some anglers taking 10 fish per session, mostly on crab baits.

Boat anglers have been having a great time fishing out of the Tyne and the Wear.

The Blueye2, fishing out of the Tyne, took lots of cod between 4lb to 8lb, with the best at 10lb along with ling up to 15lb. The JFK has also seen good catches of cod and ling. Anglers fishing on board The Mistress took good catches of cod up to 18lb.

There have been plenty of mackerel taken in the boats and also used as bait giving up good results.

Boats fishing out of the Wear have found the sport to be just as good, with private boats averaging 25 codling a session up to 10lb. One private boat fishing around four miles offshore on Sunday took 50 cod between 4lb and 12lb, along with ling up to 10lb.

Hokki lures baited with fresh mackerel produced the best results.

Local charter boat The Sapphire had a good day on Sunday, fishing over wrecks 10 miles offshore.

They took more than 50 fish with cod between 4lb and 10lb (the best two were 12lb and 13lb), and ling between 8lb and 17½lb.

The biggest ling was caught by crew man Mick Newton.

Twenty anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with 12 weighing in 16 flounders, two eels, two cod and a coalfish, which were all returned to the water alive.

Top rod was Paul Hossack with a 1lb 3½oz eel, followed by Micky Davison’s 15½oz flounder. Chris Hossack took third and fourth place with a pair of 15¼oz flounders.

Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition, at the Wear Business Park, saw eight anglers competing in very windy conditions.

Dave Mould won with five fish for 119cm, closely followed by Micky Bell’s four for 114cm. The longest fish was Dave McCready’s 40cm flounder.

Saturday’s Blenny Hill Open had 10 anglers taking part.

First place went to Micky Davison with three fish for 88cm, ahead of Jack Clark’s two for 58cm, while Scott Cook was third with a single fish for 35cm. There was a tie for the longest fish between Cook and Davison – with 35cm flounders.

The Whitley Bay Summer Open had a brilliant weigh-in.

Winner Steve Williams took a bag of seven codling for 20lb 2oz. Garry Appleton secured second place with five fish for 16lb 4oz, while third-placed Chris Hossack had three fish for 13lb 2oz, which included the heaviest single fish at 7lb 6oz.

The Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstake, at the Copthorne Hotel, saw 15 competitors catching flounders, eel and small codling.

Winner Gareth Gardiner caught 14 fish for 360cm, while Steve Potts, who also had 14 fish, came second with 340cm. Third place went to Gav Owen with 12 fish for 302cm.

This Sunday, Seaham SAC will compete for the Sulgrave Cup (1-6pm). Also on Sunday is the Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstake is at Claxheugh (2-6pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. This is a measure and release competition. Registration and peg draw will take place at the venue.

Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake is at the National Glass Centre (7-10pm).

Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition will take place at South Shields Pier (7-10pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at the pier gates (6-6.30pm).

The next Little Derek’s Flattie Fanatics competition is on Saturday, July 26 at Claxheugh (noon-4pm). Registration is at the venue from 10.30am.

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