Codling galore as Sapphire enjoys cracking day

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BOAT anglers are enjoying some fantastic sport a few miles offshore, with bags of 15 codling going to 6lb being caught.

Charter boat The Sapphire, fishing the hard ground off Hendon and Ryhope, took 60 codling between 2½lb and 5lb and returned 20 smaller fish to the sea.

The Topline had a great day’s fishing on Sunday with 16 codling up to 6lb, wrasse, pouting and small ling being caught, but the best fish was Barry Wright’s 11lb pollock, which took large squid bait.

Most of the codling are being taken on hokkai and daylight lures baited with worm or mussel and the larger fish have been taken on shad lures.

By far the best fish this week was taken off the Tyne aboard Macer D, skippered by Stephen Brown, and fell to the rod of Peter Clark. The cod was eventually boated and weighed in at 27lb.

Boat anglers have also been taking a few mackerel. Although not in huge quantities, the mackerel have been very big, with most weighing 2lb plus.

Shore fishing has not been as productive, with a lot of fish on the small size. However, what they lack in size they make up for in quantity.

The exception to this was Jarrow angler Steve Williams. Fishing the Whitley Bay Summer Open, he stormed the day with a cracking 19lb conger eel from Swinedene. He was fishing with a carp rod, so I bet he had some fun landing it!

South Shields Pier continues to offer the best sport for codling up to 2½lb and coalfish taken on crab baits, as well as plaice up to 2lb, tempted by ragworm.

The Wear is producing plenty of flounders and coalfish, with Southwick Prom well worth a look and crab and mackerel strip the recommended bait.

The top end of the Tyne is also giving up big bags of flounders and small whiting using ragworm and mackerel, with the best area being the British Airways Business Park.

Roker Pier is giving up coalfish, dabs and flounders along with small whiting and a few pollock on float fished ragworm or mackerel. There is still no sign of mackerel on Roker Pier yet, but it can’t be long before they show. The big tides this weekend should help.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake saw 25 fishing and everyone caught flounders, albeit on the small side.

Jimmy Dobie won with 1lb 1½oz, narrowly beating Chris Hossack (1lb 1oz) into second place. Paul Richardson (1lb) was close behind in third, followed by Paul Hossack (15½oz).

Last Friday’s Blenny Hill Open had 13 anglers fishing. The top three all took three fish each, with Jason Dowse triumphing with 95cm.

Runner-up was Jack Clark had 86cm, with Rita Clark third (73cm), including the longest fish, a 38cm flounder.

The first competition in the Rutherford’s Cono-flex League took place at the Copthorne Hotel on Sunday with a disappointing turnout of 15 anglers, all of whom caught fish.

With no crab allowed, it was interesting to see lots of fish caught.

Shaun Golightly won with 22 fish for 411cm ahead of Neil Cutler with 19 fish for 357cm and Andy Rutherford, who took third with 13 fish for 265cm.

The longest fish was Callum Stephens’ 29cm flounder.

This Sunday, Sunderland Sea Anglers fish their club competition (12-4pm) for the heaviest single fish. Ryhope SAC’s summer league will continue at the Tyne Business Park (12-4pm).

There is an open Sweepstake at the Glass Centre on Sunday (1.30-5.30pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. This is a pegged, measure and release competition and competitors should meet in the Glass Centre car park. More details from Ken McCoy on 07773 646895.

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake will be held on Tuesday (7-10pm) at Southwick Prom.

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