Boat anglers wreck it up with a ship load of fish

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Local boat anglers have been enjoying some great sport fishing three to seven miles off shore over the wrecks.

With big shoals of mackerel around, fresh bait has been easy to come by and has been taking some of the better fish.

Large hokkis, daylights and shad lures have also tempted a lot of fish.

Last Wednesday, eight anglers aboard local charter boat The Sapphire, took cod to 6lb, Pollock to 7lb and ling from 7lb upwards, with the best being caught by local angler Ian Dixon at 15lb 2oz, using a mackerel flowing rig.

Another trip out last week saw good bags of codling being taken between 4lb and 6lb, with the best one at 15lb caught by Peter Smith.

The Sapphire also boated Pollock up to 7lb. Anyone fancying a trip out should contact Peter on 07854 819924.

Catch 22 had a rough ground fishing trip on Sunday and after a slow start, they ended the day with plenty of mackerel and with 30 good cod.

Shore anglers are also finding great sport with the mackerel. Seaham North Pier has given up large bags of mackerel, along with lots of launce sandeel taken on sabiki lures.

When darkness falls, there has been a few codling to 2lb and the odd lesser spotted dogfish.

Anyone wishing to fish from Seaham North Pier can do so by joining Seaham Sea Angling Club.

The cost is £30 a year for which you will receive your own key to the pier gates and safe parking next to the pier gates.

For more information call Seaham SAC on 0191 5810321.

Roker Pier has produced big bags of mackerel taken on daylight lures and spinners.

Float fishing with sprat and sandeels has also taken fish.

For anglers fishing on the bottom with bait, there have been coalfish, dabs, flounders, the occasional codling and some good plaice.

The best plaice fell to the rod of Alan Ramsey on Sunday and weighed 2lb 9oz.

There has been sightings of mullet from Roker Pier and swimming in the north dock. No reports of any catches, so if you do manage to land one – let me know!

Other piers in our region have seen big Pollock with fish to 7lb plus. Most of the bigger fish have been taken on launce sandeel.

Ragworm and mackerel strip have taken the smaller fish.

Without doubt, the best way to catch big Pollock is to float fish with live launce sandeel, as many anglers are now discovering.

A couple of members of Seaton Sluice Angling Club had a successful week long fishing trip to the Isle of Man last week.

Gateshead angler Michael Bell caught a whopping 66lb 10oz tope during the trip.

Twenty five anglers took part in last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with with all catching fish.

The top four placed anglers all caught flounders with Paul Hossack coming out on top (2lb 3oz).

Narrowly making it to second place was Jim Dobie (1lb 11 ½ oz), followed very closely by Davey Stoker in third (1lb 11oz). Mick Davison took fourth place (1lb 10oz).

Eight anglers competed in Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open, with first placed being a three-way tie between Paul Edwards, Micky Davison and Jack Clark, all taking 25cm eels.

Seaham SAC fished for the Richardson Trophy on Sunday with 42 anglers taking part.

Top rod was Kevin Barrass, who took two fish for 2.13lb (one of which was the heaviest single fish – a 1.65lb plaice).

There was a tie for second place between Sue Hope, with three fish, and Mick Davison, with two fish for 1.14lb.

The pairs event went to Sue Hope and Sharron Stanwick with four fish for 2.25lb.

Thirteen members of Sunderland SAC also fished on Sunday, with winner Alan Ramsey catching a fantastic plaice of 2lb 9oz. Second place went to Alan Walker with a flounder of 1lb.

Ryhope SAC fished their summer league competition at the Tyne Business Park, with 22 anglers taking part.

Zone 1 winner was John Blaney who took 22 fish for 352cm. Terry Mann was runner up with 17 fish, for 241cm, and in third place was Bobby Bland with 11 fish for 209cm.

The longest fish was Abigail Redpath’s 36cm flounder.

Zone 2 was won by Steve Harriman with 24 fish for 489cm, followed by Paul Craig with 27 fish for 410cm.

Third place Derek Ross took 19 fish for 362cm. The longest fish in Zone 2 was Aug Win’s cracking 42cm flounder. Junior winner was Matthew Win with seven fish for 213cm.

This Sunday sees the Whitley Bay Summer Open take place (11am-4pm) at Beadnell.

Competitors are to meet one hour before the start at Pattersons Garage.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake (7-10pm) will take place at The Golden Lion at South Hylton.

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