Big seas see anglers in codling heaven

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The big northerly sea and tides over the weekend brought the codling in to feed and move the mackerel off shore, although they may return when the sea falls away.

Cod anglers were quick to grab their rods when the northerly winds were forecast and weren’t disappointed, with bags of up to 10 codling not uncommon.

Horden and Easington beaches produced codling up to 4lb. The Cliff Marks at Ryhope and The Target fished well when the sea was at its biggest with bags of up to 12 fish caught.

When the sea dropped off, the ever popular Hendon Prom produced codling to 5lb.

Roker and Whitburn beaches fished well, so too the bay between Roker Pier and the Old North Pier which gave up a lot of codling in the 1½lb to 2½lb bracket.

The Rat House Corner saw codling to 2lb along with some good sized whiting, mostly taken on worm baits.

The Rock Marks at Whitburn gave up codling to 4½lb. South Shields Pier remained its usual unpredictable self.

Anglers fishing inside the first gates took some good coalfish and whiting, along with the odd codling to 2lb.

Boat anglers had a hard time with the weather. Local charter boat Sapphire did get out earlier in the week, fishing the wrecks four miles off shore.

Anglers on board took hundreds of mackerel along with ling and codling to 5lb.

After moving inshore close to the High Drum, they took cod to 9½lb along with codling in the 4lb-5lb range.

Michael Newton and Richy Carr fishing on board Carr’s boat Iris Rose took 23 codling to 5lb.

Boat anglers also have a chance of seeing the Beluga Whales that have been spotted in our area.

These white whales are believed to have been pushed inshore by the strong northerly winds and are a very rare sight.

19 anglers competed in last Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker Match on South Shields Pier. Tommy Tate took first and third with a codling of 2lb 3oz and 1lb 13oz. Runner up with a 2lb 2oz codling was Stu Carr. Tate also took the heaviest bag title.

Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match had 27 anglers fishing with only seven returning fish to the scales. Top rod with heaviest fish and bag at 5lb 1oz was P. Wastell, followed by A. Brotherton with three fish for 3lb 13oz.

Ryhope SAC’s will hold their club competition on Sunday (1-5pm) as will Sunderland SAC (1-5pm). Seaham SAC will also compete on Sunday for the William Holman trophy (noon-5pm).

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night competitions are now back (7-10pm). Registration is at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry is £5. This is a heaviest single fish competition.

Boundaries are The Spiles at Seaham North Pier (if open) to The Walkway in the Tyne.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout. For details of venue, ring the number below.

One for the diary is Seaham SAC’s Badger Open on Friday, October 2 (7-11pm). Entry is £10. Registration and weigh in are at Seaham HQ.

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