Big cod and ling raise spirits in difficult conditions

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NORTH East anglers enjoyed some fantastic fishing last week when the weather allowed, with cod up to 18½lb, ling up to 13lb and some good pollock up to 10lb.

Good sized mackerel were also caught on hokkis, daylights and shad lures – the shads have taken the better sized fish.

Boats fishing close in have also done well with bait – squid, mussel, lugworm and ragworm have produced the best results, which is probably due to the colour of the water close inshore.

Local charter boat The Sapphire had a good day on Saturday taking 25 cod of 5-10lb, but had an even better day on Sunday fishing over wrecks between eight and 14 miles offshore. Nine anglers took 80 cod (taken on shad and hokki lures), the best two being 14½lb and 18½lb.

Dave Bolam and Jeff Sill had a good day on Dave’s boat The Volante, taking 20 cod, with the smallest being 6lb. Jeff’s best fish was a cracking 14lb cod, but Dave bettered it (18lb).

Shore anglers have been having a hard time due to the miserable weather. But the rain does not seem to have put the fish off in the Wear, which has produced some good bags of flounders and eels, along with a few big coalfish up to 2lb.

Crab and mackerel strip have been the top bait, with the best areas being Claxheugh Rock and the Business Park.

Young Daniel Tate took two flounders over 2lb when fishing with his dad at the top end of the Business Park last week.

There have been one or two mackerel from Roker Pier, but flounders, plaice, dabs and coalfish have made up most of the sport. There have also been a few whiting starting to show on the pier. This is really early for these fish to show, but they are probably coming in to feed because of the coloured water coming down the Wear. Worm and mackerel strip have been the best bait for whiting.

South Shields Pier is still giving up some good plaice to 2lb on ragworm baits, along with some good coalfish on the bigger tides. There have been a few mackerel from the end of the pier on daylight lures.

The Tyne continues to give up good bags of flounders as well as a few big eels, with fishing coming from most areas between Hebburn Marina and the British Airways Business Park.

Further downriver, there have been some coalfish to 1½lb and lots of undersized codling, with the odd sized one up to 1½lb.

Ryhope Club’s summer league fished at the River Tyne Business Park on June 3. Paul Richardson won Zone A with 10 fish (258cm), ahead of Stevie Bland’s nine fish (237cm) and Bobby Surtees (220cm).

The winner of Zone B was Lee Burton with 18 fish (mostly eels for 500cm), followed by Tommy Tate’s 12 fish (310cm) and John Lovett (269cm). John Bryant’s 41cm flounder (41cm) was the longest fish, while the junior winner was Daniel Tate with 10 fish (222cm).

Sunderland Sea Angling Club were out the same day. Richie Carr was top rod with a 1lb 7oz flounder, followed by Alan Mordey’s 1lb flounder and Danny Antliffe (15oz).

Ryhope Club’s midweek competition last week saw 19 of 32 entrants weighing in 20 eels and 15 flatfish.

Micky Davison won £60 with an eel (1lb 7½oz), while Steve Rackstraw took the second and third prizes, of £40 and £27, for two flatfish (1lb 5½oz and 1lb 3½oz). Dale Short’s flatfish (1lb 3oz) was fourth.

Last Saturday, 25 of 29 Alberta SAC members weighed in, with flounders dominating from the Wear and the Tyne. South Shields Pier was fished by 10 anglers for up to four hours with no fish taken.

Andrew Hodgkinson won with nine fish (9lb 7oz), followed by Kieran Watt (4lb 9oz) and Ian Hodgkinson (4lb 6oz).

Sunday’s Amble Olympic Torch Open had a great turnout of 114 seniors and seven juniors, with 34 weighing in 20 cod, seven coalfish and 31 flounders for a total weight of 82lb 6¾oz.

Chris France had the heaviest fish, a 4lb 11½oz cod, while South Shields’ Andrew Grief won the heaviest bag with two cod (6lb 3¾oz) followed by Steve Williams’ two cod (5lb 13½oz) and Richie Carr’s two cod (5lb 1¾oz).

The Reelsports summer league fished on Sunday at Timber Beach, with all 17 weighing in. Tommy Tate won with 18 fish (504cm), beating Gareth Gardener (333cm). Tony Davis had the longest fish, a 42cm coalfish (about 2lb).

On Sunday, Seaham Sea Anglers will compete for the Fallowfield Cup (11am-4pm), Ryhope Summer League fish at the Copthorne Hotel (11am-3pm) and Sunderland Sea Anglers are out from noon-4pm.

On Tuesday, Ryhope Club’s sweepstake will be at Southwick Prom (7-10pm). Competitors are asked to meet at the river end of the prom, around the corner from the Peugeot garage, where there will be someone to keep an eye on parked cars.

The Whitley Bay Summer Open competitions start on Sunday, June 24 (10am-3pm) at Beadnell. Details from Gary on 07957 949 557.

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