Big pollock a bonus for boat anglers enjoying surge of cod

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When the wind allowed them to put to sea, boat anglers enjoyed great sport last week.

Boats have taken up to 100 cod between 2lb and 5lb in each session, with the best going into double figures.

There have also been some good sized pollock to 10lb, along with mackerel and herring.

Boats fishing out of Seaham have had success with shad lures and daylites – some anglers have found that cutting the daylites smaller has given better results. Boats out from the Wear have found the fish on the hard ground, with one angler on a private boat taking 42 codling of 4-8lb on daylite lures.

Despite the strong wind on Sunday, the Iris Rose took 30 codling, again fishing over the hard ground. Local charter boat Sapphire took more than 180 codling of 3-7lb, mackerel and good sized herring in three days’ fishing over the inshore wrecks three and a half miles out. Hokkais baited with mackerel and squid have accounted for most of the fish.

Tyne boats have fished just as well. The Blueye 2 took over 100 fish a trip ,with cod to 12lb and ling to 15lb. The JFK2 had a fantastic week, taking 80 to 200 fish per trip, mostly in the 3-5lb range, with the best at 15lb taken by Phil Gibson. Most of these fish fell to a combination of hokkais, shads and twintail lures and baits of crab, mussel, squid and ragworm.

Shore anglers have not done so well.

The top end of the Wear is producing flounders, with anywhere upriver of Southwick Prom worth a look. Roker Pier is producing codling to 2lb, along with dabs and flounders. A few pollock should be starting to show on float-fished sandeel and ragworm.

There have been no confirmed reports of mackerel from Roker Pier, but a few have been taken from Seaham South Pier and Blyth Pier, so it should be our turn soon.

South Shields Pier is still seeing codling up to 4lb, with bags of up to five fish caught on crab baits, though up until now there have been very few plaice.

The Tyne is still full of undersized codling, but upriver of Hebburn Marina there are a few sized fish up to 3lb.

Travelling anglers are finding good sport fishing around the Solway Firth from Portpatrick and the Mull of Galloway taking pollock, wrasse, conger, smooth hounds and dogfish.

There have been very good catches of smooth hounds from the Holderness coast at Dimlington.

Eighteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake with the exception of one coalfish, everyone caught flounders which were all were returned to the water. John Lovett (1lb 2oz), won from Dave Alderson (15.75oz) and Micky Davison (15.5oz).

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match last Wednesday saw 19 anglers competing at Southwick Prom. Winner Ian Foster took eight fish for 197cm, followed by Jim Dobie with seven for 184cm. Gareth Gardiner was third with six for 151cm. Gardiner also had the longest fish – a 37cm founder.

On Sunday, Seaham SAC fished for the Tuck Brothers’ Trophy.

Winner Don Scott took a single codling of 1.76lb, which also won him the heaviest single fish prize. Dave Stoker secured second place with two flatfish for 0.91lb and third-placed Jack Clarke took one flatfish for 0.87lb.

Junior angler Connor Evans took fourth with a flatfish for 0.60lb. The pairs’ event was won by Scott alongside Steve Laverick.

The Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstake, at the Glass Centre, proved to be hard work for all 28 anglers involved.

Zone A was won by Jim Dobie with four fish (101cm), beating Paul Richardson’s single fish (29cm), with Colin Bell thid thanks to a single fish (26cm). Zone B was a little better – Steve Rackstraw won with three fish (85cm), followed by Steve Graham with three fish (80cm). Tommy Tate took third with two fish (59cm).

On Sunday, Seaham SAC compete for the Fallowfield Trophy (noon-5pm).

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at Lambton Drops (7 to 10pm). Entry is £5, with registration and peg draw at Panns Bank next to Wearmouth Bridge. This is a heaviest fish competition fished on a weigh-and-release basis. Anglers may win more than one prize.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place at Southwick Prom next Wednesday at Southwick Prom. Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 p[er cent payout. Registration and peg draw at the venue.

The Rutherford’s/Cono-flex two day open takes place on Saturday, June 20 (4-8pm) and Sunday, June 21 (4.30-8.30pm). Entry is £30 with 100 per cent payout. For more information, call Andy on the number below.

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