Clubs’ open boundaries help search for good fish

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MIXED fortunes are the lot of sea anglers, with some good cod from the inner marks for boat anglers.

Fish to nine pounds were taken by the White Stones out from Hendon Groyne and some fair ling from the wrecks.

Mackerel are still about but not in the numbers of recent days.

Shore anglers are now finding better codling from the rock edges and Shields Pier.

A nice pollack of 9½lb was taken from the pier by John Steed on Sunday, and there was plenty of action along the pier.

There is no doubt that if Roker Pier was open then better fish should be taken from there.

The latest report is that there are still some repairs to be undertaken on the coping blocks and the railings and, provided that the sea remains reasonably flat, there should be some progress around the beginning of November.

Now that the club competitions are having open boundaries there are some better-sized fish being taken.

Last Wednesday’s Eastenders Sweepstake had 17 entrants with just four weighing in six codling and a flounder.

Richard Carr travelled to Shields and took the winning fish, a codling of 5lb 12oz, with Phil Wright taking the next three places with fish of 3lb 15oz, 3lb 1oz and 2lb 12oz from Marsden.

Friday’s Seaham Badger Open had 27 rods out with 16 weighing in 43 fish (33 whiting, six flounders, two lesser spotted dogfish, acodling and a coalie) from the North Pier.

John Thompson won with a 2.11lb dogfish, with second place going to Eddie Talbot for the other dogfish (1.76lb). Mickie Davison had the codling (1.01lb) in third place.

The heaviest bag was Jim Dobie’s 10 fish for 4.73lb, and he also won the pairs’ pool on his own.

The sealed weight at 0.79lb was won by Geordie Heron (0.86lb).

Eastenders SAC fished on Saturday with just six out of 20 members weighing in 15 flounders and four coalies at the Glass Centre.

Chris Hossack was clear with 10 flounders for 10lb 3oz, with runner-up Ernie Hunter well back with three coalies for 2lb 15oz.

Brian Turnbull came third with two flounders (2lb), followed by Davie Steel (1lb).

Sunday saw 71 Ryhope SAC members fishing a rover, with 30 weighing in.

Wayne Harriman took top spot with 10 fish for 6.01kg, with John Topliff second for four fish at 2.49kg from the Stadium, while Bob Surtees had four for for 1.395kg from Jarrow.

The heaviest roundfish was Topliff’s 1.615kg codling, while Harriman had the heaviest flatfish (1.73kg).

Cleadon SAC also fished on Sunday, with 13 out of 29 members weighing in mainly whiting and coalies.

Steve Gordon fished Shields Pier and took 15 whiting and dabs for 9lb to win from John Newcombe’s four fish (codling and coalies) for 4lb 6oz from the Tyne. Neil Cutler was third with three codling and whiting for 4lb 2oz from the pier, including the heaviest, a 2lb 11oz codling.

Seaham SAC fished for the Agnus Mills Trophy with 36 members turning out and 21 weighing in 46 fish for 39.12lb.

John Clark had the winning catch of five fish for 5.37lb, with Dean Furness runner-up for four fish at 3.13lb. Rita Clark took third place for three fish at 2.81lb and also won the pairs’ pool with John Clark (8.18lb) and the sealed weight.

Competitions arranged – Tomorrow: Eastenders Sweepstake (register from 5pm and fish straightaway; Entry £8 and no boundaries; weigh-in by 10.30pm); Saturday: Copthorne Hotel, 11am-3pm (entry £10; penn points); Sunday: Ryhope SAC, 11am-3pm; Wednesday: Eastenders Sweepstake, 7-10pm