Cod bonanza makes anglers feel smiles better

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THE best fish of the week was a whopping 19lb cod taken by John Armitage from the Tyne estuary, although anglers have had some fantastic sport in Sunderland, too.

Last weekend, the local hotspots were Hendon Prom, Roker Pier, South Shields Pier and Marsden.

Hendon Prom fished particularly well for codling, producing good bags of ten fish weighing up to 6lb, along with massive bags of whiting up to 1¾lb.

After the sea died down on Friday, Roker Pier started to fish well the minute it was opened, giving up fish up to 8lb.

Sport continued to be good throughout Saturday and local angler Paul Hossack took his personal best cod of 7lb 11oz in a 20lb+ bag of fish (there were also good bags of whiting in with the codling).

Friday was also a good day on South Shields Pier, with an 8lb fish taken from the Brigade Hut at the bottom of the Pier. The end of the pier fished well over low water, with bags of up to six fish weighing up to 6lb.

The rock marks at Marsden gave up codling up to 7lb.

If fishing continues to be as good as it is, I would expect some big cod to be showing over the next couple of weeks. Perhaps it’s time to get the drop nets and large hooks out so you don’t get caught out?

Sunderland Sea Anglers started their year with a competition on January 8 with 10 members fishing and the majority weighing in whiting.

Alan Walker secured first place with six whiting (4lb 2oz), followed by Paul Robinson who also had six whiting (3lb 11oz) in second. Third place went to Ronnie Head with four whiting (3lb 6oz). The heaviest fish was a cod (1lb 9oz) caught by Robbie Feenan. The following evening, Cleadon Club fished for the Anthony Jackson Memorial Trophy, though only eight of 29 members weighed in.

The top spot went to Mark Shotton who took 23 whiting (17lb 10oz) from Roker Pier. Runner-up Stevie Gordon bagged 12 whiting and dab (12lb 10oz) from South Shields Pier, with Trevor Green third for seven whiting (5lb 10oz) from Roker Pier.

The heaviest fish, and winner of the Anthony Jackson Memorial Trophy, was Terry Wood with a codling (4lb).

Friday, January 13 proved unlucky for some of Seaham Club’s members.

Thirty two anglers fished their Badger Open but only eight weighed in 15 fish (36.2lb).

However, “Lady Luck” was on the side of Gary Pye, who won the competition with a cod (5.45lb) taken from Hawthorn Hive. Pye also had the heaviest bag with two fish (8.54lb).

His luck must have rubbed off on to Dean Ambler, who took second and third places with cod (4.12lb) and (3.15lb) from the Target at Ryhope.

Ambler’s luck continued, as he teamed up with J. Barris to take the pairs title with four fish (11.69lb).

The big open at Amble had a tremendous turn-out on Sunday with 558 anglers fishing and weighing in 391 fish (mostly flounder) for 402lb.

The overall winning title went to Matthew Holdroyd (14lb 5½oz), followed by runner-up Antony Gibbison (13lb 10¼oz) and Willy Emery (10lb 1¾oz) as well as the heaviest fish title (7lb 5¾oz).

The prize for the heaviest flat fish went to Steven Ayling’s turbot (2lb 9oz). The women’s title was taken by Pauline Ferry (4lb 9oz) and Sunderland’s very own Daniel Tate won the junior section (6lb ¼oz).

Ryhope Club’s anglers were out on Sunday for their club competition and saw 83 fishing, with 50 weighing in hundreds of whiting.

First place went to John Topliff with a cracking bag of 22 whiting (7,195g), ahead of Ken Haley (5,665g) and Davey Raymond, who chose the Hall Beach to take 13 whiting (4,300g).

Lee Brown delivered the heaviest flat fish (725g), with the heaviest round fish title going to Chris Hossack’s codling (825g).

Monday evening saw 29 members of Cleadon Club competing in their weekly competition, with 11 weighing in.

Stevie Gordon’s big bag of 19 whiting (14lb 9oz), from Roker Pier secured first place.

Roker Pier also delivered for Trevor Green, supplying him with 16 whiting (13lb 14oz) to guarantee second place, whilst Neil Cutler chose South Shields for his six codling and whiting (10lb 12oz) for third place and the heaviest fish (4lb codling).

Seaham Sea Angling Club will hold the John Wylie Open (12-5pm) on Sunday.

This is a heaviest single fish competition, with entry £10 all classes. Pay-out will depend on turn-out. There will be optional pairs £2 per team and heaviest bag £1.

Boundaries are Hendon Groyne (excluded) to Saddleback Rock in Hawthorn Hive, with the North Pier pegged 1-100. Registration is at Seaham Club HQ (10-11.30am).

In midweek, Ryhope Club will stage their Tuesday night heaviest fish competition (7-10pm). Registration and weigh-in are at the back of Ryhope Sea View Club and entry is £5.

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