Big prizes up for grabs in Sunderland Festival competition

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ANGLERS will be looking forward to this Sunday’s Sunderland Shore Angling Festival (1-5pm) which has a first prize of £500 plus pools and a prize table worth more than £2,000.

This is a heaviest single fish competition with one prize per angler.

For the heaviest flat fish, there is a Cono-flex Flattie Fanatic, supplied by Cono-flex Ltd, going down to a Penn 535 Mag II for the 20th place donated by Pure Fishing.

Entry is £12, of which £2 will be paid out for first, second and third place (last year’s first prize was £750).

Boundaries are South Shields Pier (included if gates are open) in the north to Seaham North Pier (excluded) in the south and west up to Queen Alexandra Bridge.

Anglers may fish in public access areas only.

Tickets are available in advance from local tackle shops or on the day from the Welcome Tavern, High Street.

The weigh-in (5-5.45pm) and prizegiving will take place at the Welcome Tavern. More information is available from Andy on 0191 5654183.

The recently re-opened Roker Pier has provided great sport for anglers this week, with good bags of whiting up to 1lb and codling to 5lb, along with dabs, flounders and pouting.

Most of the whiting and codling have been taken after dark.

In contrast, South Shields Pier has fished well both during the day and at night, with bags of up to 10 coalfish and codling up to 4lb reported.

The River Wear is still producing flounders from the Glass Centre up to Claxheugh, mostly taken on worm and mackerel baits. There have also been lots of undersized codling in the Wear, but the White Wall area has given up fish to 2½lb.

The Tyne has seen coalfish, whiting and codling, with the best areas proving to be The Walkway, Church Bank and the top end of Hebburn Marina.

Boat anglers have enjoyed good sport while uptiding around half a mile to a mile from shore.

Local charter boat The Sapphire had a good afternoon on Saturday, fishing north of the Wear. The six anglers on board took 88 codling, of which they kept 65. The majority of fish weighed between 4lb and 7lb, with the best, at 13lb 6oz, taken by Mick Newton.

Most of the fish were taken on lug and crab baits.

Billy Broad took advantage of Gentoo’s free fishing event ,which was delivered by Ryhope Sea Anglers last week, and caught a 2½lb codling from the Wear.

These free events aim to get people over 60 taking up and enjoying sea angling – which by the looks of it Billy now does! For more information, contact Gemma Carrick on 0191 525 5000.

Seventeen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with eight weighing in 14 cod.

Richie Carr took first and fourth place with 5lb 9½oz and 2lb 5½oz from Whitburn. Runner-up Paul Riley had 4lb 1oz from Marsden, while Lee Burton was third with 3lb 2oz from the Manholes.

Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open saw 12 anglers competing, with all but one catching fish.

The winner, with nine fish for 267cm, was Davie Wood, while runner-up Jim Dobie’s bag of four fish for 133cm included the longest fish at 41cm. Third placed Micky Davison also had four fish for 107cm.

On Sunday, Ryhope SAC saw 52 anglers compete in their club competition.

Wayne Harriman chose Hebburn Marina to take his winning bag of five codling for 5lb 12½oz.

Andy Rutherford fished Roker Pier to take second place with two codling and two flounders for 3lb 7½oz, followed by Paul Richardson, who fished The Walkway to take two codling and a coalfish for 3lb 4½oz.

The heaviest round fish was Gordon Reed’s 3lb 2½oz codling, with the heaviest flat fish a 1lb 7oz flounder caught by John Surtees. Matthew Winn (2lb 11oz) took the junior title.

Sunderland SAC had eight anglers compete in their competition on Sunday.

Winner Alan Walker had three cod for 5lb 12oz, including the heaviest single fish at 3lb 7oz. Second place went to Peter Moir with a single 1lb 7oz cod, followed by Alan Mordey’s two flounders for 1lb 5oz.

Eight out of 25 fishing Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night weighed in fish.

Mark Shotton was top rod with three codling from the Tyne for 4lb 3oz, ahead of runner-up Lee Jackson’s two codling for 3lb 3oz from the Tyne. Paul Wastell’s single 3lb codling from North Row Ends secured third place and the heaviest single fish prize.

The Whitley Bay Evening Open takes place on Saturday (6.30-10.30pm). Entry is £12 for a first prize of £250. Boundaries are Ice House to Cresswell Cars. Registration (4.30-5.30pm) and weigh in (10.30-11.30pm) is at Whitley Bay Angling Club HQ.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday sweepstake (7-10pm), takes place as usual next week with registration at the Village Tavern.

One for the diary includes the Easington Social Welfare Sea Angling Club Open on Saturday, December 29 (11am-4pm). The first prize is £1000 plus the Dean Foster Memorial Trophy. Boundaries are from Noses Point to Blackhall Chair.

More details are available from Ian Foster on 0191 527 2702

0191 5654183