Coalfish in the Tyne best bet for local anglers

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MOST anglers are heading to the River Tyne for sport with the coalfish, with bags of up to 10 fish weighing up to 2lb for the taking.

There have also been a few good flounders to 1½lb, although undersized codling and whiting have been a bit of a problem – diving on to any bait. With a little care, these small fish can be unhooked and returned to the water.

South Shields Pier has also seen some good bags of coalfish, with the post, top end of the rubble and the small wall being the best marks. There are still the odd codling to 3lb along with dabs, flounder and plaice.

The flounders are still feeding at the top end of the Wear, with fish up to 1½lb, with a large piece of mackerel being the best bait.

There have also been some good flounders at the top end of the Tyne with fish as far up as the Copthorne Hotel, but here again small whiting are a bit of a problem.

The coalfish on Roker Pier are getting bigger, but not many are legal size yet, with dabs, flounders and plaice making up the rest of the sport.

Boat anglers have been having better luck with codling up to 5lb on pirks and the now popular shads along with daylites and hokkis.

Best baits have been ragworm, mussel and squid.

Local charter boat skipper Bob Spence will be putting his boat Catch 22 back into the water at the beginning of April.

Anyone wanting to book a trip out on the Catch 22, hard ground or wreck fishing. Please contact Bob on 07979 238464.

Travelling boat anglers won’t be happy to hear about the Scottish government’s plans to put a wind farm across the mouth of Luce Bay.

The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network is concerned that the wind farm could stop the migration of tope, spurdog and rays into Luce Bay, and put a stop to some of the best boat fishing in British waters.

Last Tuesday, Ryhope Club held their Tuesday night open and saw 20 anglers fishing with eight weighing in 19 coalfish and two whiting.

Darren Donnelly won with a whiting (620g) from Roker Pier, followed by Bobby Surtees’s coalfish (585g) from the Glass Centre. Lee Burton was third with a coalfish (580g) from the Fish Quay, with Paul Richardson fourth courtesy of a coalfish (540g) from Panns Bank.

Last Friday’s Seaham Badger Open saw 28 anglers competing, with 13 of them weighing in 34 fish (26.78lb).

First place went to P. Hall’s dogfish (2.52lb), followed by another dogfish (2.12lb) caught by J. Dobie to take second place. The prize for the heaviest bag with five fish (3.43lb), along with third place with a codling (1.49lb), went to D. Swan.

In the pairs, John Barrass and Dean Ambler, who had eight fish (5.10lb), took the prize.

This Saturday, Eastenders Club will fish their club competition (noon-4pm). Sunday will be a busier day with Ryhope Sea Anglers Club and Sunderland Sea Anglers both fishing their club competitions (2-6pm). Seaham Sea Anglers will also be out on Sunday, competing for the Hudson Cup (noon-5pm).

Ryhope’s regular competition scheduled for Tuesday evening will not take place due to Sunderland’s FA Cup replay.

Dates for the diary include Saturday, March 31, when Seaham Sea Anglers Club will be holding the Age Concern Night Hawk competition (6pm-1am). Registration and weigh-in at Seaham’s club HQ – more details are available from the club on 0191 5810321.

Ryhope will be restarting their pegged matches in the River Wear on Tuesday, May 1. More information to follow on venues.

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