Beach boys come up trumps with codling galore

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THE big south-easterly sea that came away last week had cod anglers grabbing their tackle and heading for the coast.

Most anglers were not disappointed, with codling being taken from most fishing marks – bags of up to 10 fish were taken in a session, with the best going to 7lb, although the majority were between 1½lb to 2lb.

The beaches at Horden and Easington produced codling, as did Hendon Prom, which gave up bags of five to six fish over low and high waters. Lugworm proved to be the top bait at all three marks.

Richie Carr fished The Spiles at the bottom of Seaham Pier on Thursday night and took eight codling for 25lb, with the best at 6lb.

The Old North Pier and the mouth of the Wear have seen codling to 3lb, along with whiting and flounders.

Roker Beach fished well last Tuesday night with bags of up to eight fish to 3½lb, mostly taken close in with anglers casting just 50 yards to find fish.

The rock marks at Marsden and Whitburn gave up some better sized fish, with the best around 6lb. These marks will be well worth a look over the next few weeks for anglers looking for better quality fish.

The Walkway in the Tyne is still fishing very well, with codling and coalfish taking all manner of baits. Further north, Whitley Bay beach, Blyth beach and Collywell Bay have all fished very well, with the Newbiggin area not far behind, producing bags of 10 fish up to 8lb.

A spokesman from Sunderland City Council has confirmed that Roker Pier will be re-opened as soon as the repairs to the decking and railings are complete. The roundhead will remain closed to the public until the works to the lighthouse are complete.

Boat anglers struggled to put to sea again last week due to the weather, but when it calmed down at the weekend, boats using the uptide method, found good sport.

Local boat Topline had a good day on Sunday, returning 20 codling in the 1-1½lb range, while keeping 10 fish of 2-3lb. The best fish was Baz Wright’s cracking 9lb 12oz cod.

The Sapphire used the same tactics to catch 30 codling of 2-7lb. Both boats reported that the best baits were a cocktail of lugworm and mussel.

Two huge blue fin tuna were caught on a trip off the Outer Hebrides, after they were spotted chasing mackerel. Both fish were caught by Angus Campbell, skipper of Hirta, and weighed an incredible 515lb and 400lb – the bigger of the two measured nine feet long and took an hour to land!

Fourteen out of 21 anglers weighed in 21 codling at Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake last Tuesday, with the top three prizes coming from The Target at Ryhope.

Lee Burton, with 5lb 7oz and 2lb respectively, took the first and third prizes, sandwiching runner-up Davey McReady’s 3lb 4oz.

Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open was won by Geordie Heron with four fish for 119cm, followed by Davie Wood’s three for 73cm and Rita Clark’s two for 56cm. The longest fish was Jim Dobie’s at 35cm.

Sunderland SAC had 13 fishing at the weekend, with four weighing in three whiting, a dab, a coalfish and a flounder.

John Stead won with a coalfish and a dab for 1lb 4oz, followed by John Robinson’s two whiting for 1lb 2oz while Paul Robinson was third with a 15oz flounder, which was also the heaviest fish.

Seaham SAC’s Dillon Trophy competition took place on Sunday, with 68 anglers taking part, though only 13 brought fish back to the scales. First, and winner of the pairs event on his own, with two codling for 2.15lb was Jim Dobie, who also had the heaviest fish at 1.52lb. Gary Pye was second with two fish for 2.07lb, with George Hope third (two fish for 1.69lb).

Ryhope SAC were also out on Sunday, when most of the 67 competitors headed for the Tyne.

Tommy Tate won with 1,415g, which included the heaviest round fish (950g). Mason Burton (1,280g) was runner-up, with John Robson third (1,220g), as well as landing the heaviest fish prize (795g). Junior winner J. Smith caught two flounders (600g).

The Bedlington Station Open had a terrific turnout of 237 anglers but only 66 managed to weigh in.

Chris Bell triumphed with five fish for 19lb 10oz, narrowly beating Rob Thirwell into second place with four fish for 18lb 2oz. Peter Ramsdale took third place with two fish for 10lb 15oz, which included the heaviest at 7lb 6oz.

Junior winner B. Hall had three fish for 1lb 11oz, while Anthony Dunn had the heaviest flat fish at 15oz.

Monday night’s Cleadon SAC competition saw 26 competing with 13 weighing in.

Top rod Alan Heeley bagged three codling from The Groyne (6lb 6oz), runner-up Paul Wastell caught a single codling from North Row Ends (5lb 6oz), securing the heaviest fish prize, and Stevie Gordon was third with a mixed bag of codling and coalfish from South Shields Pier (5lb 3oz).

Tomorrow, Seaham SAC’s Badger Open takes place (7-11pm). Entry is £5 plus optional pools. Registration and weigh-in at Seaham HQ.

Ryhope SAC’s club competition takes place on Sunday (noon-4pm).

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is on Tuesday (7-10pm), with registration at the Village Tavern (5.45pm).

Sunderland SAC’s next competition will be on Sunday, October 20 (1-5pm). Prior to the competition, a meeting will be held to discuss extending the boundaries. Anyone wanting a say is urged to arrive a bit earlier.

Seaham SAC’s Open will take place on October 20 (noon-5pm), with a £1,000 first prize, £300 for second and £200 for third. The top three cash prizes are for heaviest single fish.

Entry is £10 all classes, plus optional pools – one prize per person. Tickets are available in tackle shops now, or the day before at Seaham HQ (10am-1pm). Boundaries are North Hendon Prom to Dene Holme Sewer Pipe at Horden. More information from Seaham SAC on 0191 5810321.

That same day sees the Newbiggin Open (9am-1pm), with a £500 first prize. Entry is £10 (juniors £3), with registration from 7.30-9am at the Bank House Club. Weigh-in from 1-2.15pm. Boundaries are Seahouses Breakwater to Tynemouth Pier (excluding pier and estuaries).

Another date for the diary includes South Shields’ SAC Open on Sunday, November 3 (11am-4pm), with a £600 first prize for the heaviest fish. More details to follow.

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