Codling come up trumps for anglers

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AT the beginning of last week, when the sea was running, anglers found codling feeding, mostly coming from the south.

The beaches at Easington and Horden produced bags of up to six codling to 3½lb.

Hawthorn Point, at the south end of the Blast Beach, also gave up good bags of codling to 5lb.

The beach in front of Hendon Prom has fished over low water, with codling up to 2½lb, while the Rat House Corner fished well for whiting, with bags of up to 20 fish up to 1½lb, mostly taken on worm and mackerel strip.

Roker Pier has produced codling to 5lb from the Round Head as well as from the Barrier. Whiting have also been taken from the Round Head, as well as the Neck End, with bags of up to 12 fish.

One or two coalfish have started to show on the pier, of which a few have been of size. There has even been an odd early pollock, albeit on the small side.

The Tyne has been quiet, with a few whiting and small codling, but the coalfish may start to show up there soon. One angler did take a 6lb cod from Jarrow on ragworm bait, so it is always worth a look.

The Craster and Beadnell areas have still been giving up good sized cod, with the best one taken by Whitley Bay angler Callan Stevens at 18lb 8oz. The fish took a cocktail bait of razorfish, bluey and mussel.

The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have given up a few codling, mostly on lug and crab bait, with the best one being 4lb taken by Paul Rodgers.

The Wear continues to produce flounders, with some good quality fish as they are now filling up with roe. The best areas have still proved to be Claxheugh and the Business Park, with the best baits being frozen runnydown and mackerel.

Boat anglers took advantage of the calm weather at the weekend. The Samson 2 fished at Whiburn and Hendon and took 12 codling of 2-3lb on ragworm, squid and bluey baits, along with plenty of good whiting. The Sapphire fished close in at Marsden and took 12 codling up to 5lb on lugworm and squid baits, finding the fish coming on to feed just after dark.

Last Tuesday 16 anglers fished the Ryhope SAC Sweepstake. Five weighed in six cod and one whiting.

Top rod was Paul Riley with a 2lb 7oz cod from Ryhope. Runner-up Davey Mould had a 2lb 6oz cod from Souter, followed by Chris Hossack in third with a 2lb 4oz cod and Paul Hossack (2lb 1oz cod), both from Whtburn.

On Friday, Seaham SAC enjoyed a fantastic turnout of 65 anglers for their Badger Open, with 26 anglers bringing fish to the scales for a total weight of 47.77lb.

The winning fish, a 3.14lb codling, was caught by John Williams, with Paul Hossack (2.07lb codling) second and Kevin Gallagher (1.88lb codling) third. The heaviest bag sweep was won by Mark Bates with six fish for 7.54lb and the pairs event went to M. Bates and R. Bates with seven fish for 8.56lb. Second place went to husband and wife team Jack and Rita Clark (five for 4.2lb).

In the open sweepstake at the River Wear Business Park on Sunday, 24 anglers took part.

Jim Dobie won Zone 1 with five fish for 170cm, beating Ken McCoy (four fish for 112cm), while Zone 2 fished a lot better, with winner Neil Cuttler taking 10 fish for 318cm and runner-up Steve Rackstraw taking nine for 263cm.

The longest fish was Dobie’s 45cm flounder, roughly 2½lb in weight.

Sunderland SAC had 21 anglers fishing their competition on Sunday on a poor block tide.

Only four weighed in five flounders and one coalfish. Paul Hossack triumphed with two flounders for 3lb 7oz, including the heaviest at 1lb 11oz. Henry Antliff was second, also with two flounders (2lb 10oz), while Billy Gamblin caught a 1lb 2oz coalfish to take third. Alan Burton’s 14oz flounder secured fourth place.

Ryhope SAC will fish their club competition on Sunday (11am-3pm) and Seaham SAC will fish for the Lawson Cup (11am-4pm).

Ryhope SAC will hold their usual sweepstake on Tuesday (7-10pm).

A couple of dates for the diary include Seaham SACs Geordie’s Open on Sunday, March 10 (noon-5pm). Entry is £10 for this heaviest single fish competition. Payout depends on entry. For more information, call 0191 5810321.

The European Open Beach Championships takes place in Bridlington on March 8-10. This is the biggest open competition in the UK, with the prize fund an eye-watering £35,000 along with a Peugeot 107 car for the overall winner. For more information, call Paul Roggeman on 01482 391668 or email

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