Council reassurances over future of Roker Pier for anglers

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SUNDERLAND City Council has confirmed that there are no plans to install CCTV or to ban fishing from Roker Pier when it reopens after vital maintenance works are carried out.

That reassurance comes despite the rumours and even an online petition.

Anglers will, of course, be disappointed at the closure from April 1 for approximately 30 weeks, but this work is essential in preserving this much-loved landmark for generations to come.

Hopefully it will also mean a reduction in the number of unplanned closures for emergency repair works in the future.

As well as small whiting and codling, Seaham North Pier is still producing dogfish, thornback rays and spotted rays which have been mostly caught after dark.

Local angler Dean Furness lost a large thornback ray last Friday night while fishing the Badger Open competition – perhaps it’s time to bring out the drop nets?

Rock marks in the Ryhope area have produced a few codling up to 2lb, with The Man Holes and The Target the best areas.

Roker Pier has given up plenty of small flounders, dabs and the odd plaice along with some good codling in the 2lb to 4lb bracket, with the biggest going to 6lb.

On Sunday night, local angler John Nixon took a 2lb thornback ray from the end of Roker Pier on a crab and sandeel bait.

The Wear is full of undersized fish at the moment, but what they lack in size they make up for in quantity, however there are still a few good sized flounders there if you can put up with the small fish.

South Shields Pier has given up the odd codling to 3lb and maybe, if the good weather holds, there will be some early plaice.

The Tyne is the same as the Wear with lots of undersized fish, but there have been some good sized coalfish taken on crab baits.

Further north, there have still been codling to 5lb coming from the rock marks between Swinedene and Craster Harbour. There have also been two cuckoo rays taken from the Cresswell area and small turbot are now showing at Druridge Bay.

Local anglers returning from Norway after fishing the Din Tur Flatanger Shore Fishing Festival reported a good time with lots of codling between 4lb and 8lb, along with bags of haddock up to 6lb and the odd halibut.

The overall winner of the four-day competition was Alan Hornby, who took a 13lb 11oz cod and returned home £1,000 richer.

The better weather has given boat anglers the opportunity to put to sea and they are finding some good fish – it’s looking like a good start to the season!

Denise Glew, out on The North Star from Hartlepool, took codling between 2lb and 6lb, while Arthur Smeaton, fishing off Cullercoats on his own boat Lazy Daze, was catching small codling until a 8lb 8oz cod turned up.

Allan Kelly, fishing from his friend’s boat Dogs B anchored in 40ft of water, took cod up to 9lb.

Local charter boat The Sapphire fished out of Sunderland on Sunday but found it hard going taking two 4½lb codling from the inshore wrecks, one caught by Sunderland 10-year-old Jay Hutchinson.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC competition had seven of the 15 anglers weighing in 11 cod.

Chris Coxon won with a 2lb 9oz fish from The Target, while Stu Carr took second and third places with cod of 2lb 5oz and 2lb 4oz from Roker Pier. Lee Burton finished fourth with a 2lb cod from The Target.

Seaham’s Badger Open on Friday night had 33 anglers out, with 12 bringing 17 fish to the scales.

The first three places were awarded for dogfish. Dean Furness triumphed with 2.34lb, ahead of Richie Graham (2.24lb) and Gary Pye (2.17lb). The heaviest bag of three fish for 4.83lb was taken by Furness, as was the pairs event which he fished alone.

Sunderland SAC had 13 fishing at the weekend with four weighing in two flounders, a coalfish and a codling.

Alan Ramsey won with a codling of 1lb 12oz, which was also the heaviest fish, ahead of Alan Walker’s 13oz coalfish and Ronnie Head’s 12oz flounder.

Ryhope will be out on Sunday for their club competition (1-5pm)

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm), with registration at The Village Tavern.

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