Crab bait working wonders for Roker Pier anglers

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THE RUN of good weather hopefully means that work on Roker Pier is progressing and anglers should be able to fish the round head by the start of November.

In the meantime, the pier has been giving up mixed bags of fish, with flounder, dabs, coalfish, pollock and wrasse all being taken either bottom fishing or using float fishing tactics.

There have been codling up to 2½lb showing when darkness has fallen (although most are just of size), along with whiting which are on the small side, but what they lack in size they make up for in quantity.

Flounders are still feeding in the Wear, with fish up to 1½lb taken, as well as eels and lots of small coalfish showing at the bottom end of the river. Crab has proved to be the best bait.

The Tyne has also fished well with plenty of flounder at the top end around the Copthorne Hotel. At the bottom end, the Walkway has fished well with some good coalfish up to 1½lb and lots of small codling, with the best going to 2½lb. Crab and ragworm have been the best baits here.

South Shields Pier has also given up lots of small codling, with the best up to 3lb, along with some good bags of plaice going to 2lb, with some anglers taking up to ten fish in one session. Ragworm has proved to be the top bait for plaice.

Anglers fishing Shields Pier last Thursday were entertained by a pod of around 25 dolphins playing around 500 yards from the Blocks.

Boat anglers have found it hard going this week due to the very big tides. Just before they started, Jeff Ayres on his boat The Swordfish took ling to 18lb and cod to 11lb, fishing over wrecks.

Local charter boat The Sapphire decided to fish inshore on Saturday and took codling up to 3½lb and ten pollock up to 3lb, along with lots of good sized pouting. Sunday’s trip had to be cancelled due to an unexpected heavy swell.

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake last Tuesday had 25 anglers out, with everyone catching a mixture of coalfish, eels and flounders.

First, with a 1lb 4oz flounder, was Kenny Newton, whilst a 1lb 2½oz eel secured Davy McCready second place. John Blaney was third with a 1lb 2oz eel, and Shirley Newton (eel) and Micky Davison (flounder) shared fourth place on 1lb 1oz.

The Whitley Bay Summer Open had17 anglers at Newton, with 11 weighing in.

Top rod Garry Appleton landed six fish for 7lb 7oz, winning £85. George Hornsby was runner-up with three fish for 5lb, winning £42.50, followed by Kenny Bowen in third with two fish for 4lb 4oz, which also included the heaviest – a codling of 3lb 5oz.

Sunday’s Rutherford’s Cono-flex League saw John Stead take the top prize with 24 fish for 401cm. Runner-up Ken McCoy, with 18 fish for 287cm, narrowly beat Andy Rutherford, who had 19 fish for 286cm. McCoy also had the longest fish – a 37cm flounder.

This Saturday, Seaham SAC will fish their Durham Night Hawk event (6pm-1am)

Anglers must hope the weather holds for this Sunday’s Open Boat Angling Competition (8am-4pm). Entry is £10 for all classes, with tickets on sale at the Royal Quays Marina, North Shields or from selected tackle shops.

There are two boat size categories – under 20ft and over 20ft. Each category has its own excellent prize list and the first three heaviest fish in each category will also receive a percentage of the entry monies.

This is a heaviest single fish competition – one competitor, one prize. There will be a special prize for the heaviest fish caught from a kayak. Boats may fish out of any port but must weigh in from 4-5.30pm at the Royal Quays Marina. More details are available from Sam Harris on 0191 5184561.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday competition (7-10pm) returns to the sea boundaries, which are from The Spiles at Seaham to the Walkway in the Tyne (South Shields and Roker Piers are in bounds if the gates are open, but if they close during the competition times then you must leave the piers) to Queen Alexandra Bridge in the Wear.

Registration is at the Village Tavern in Ryhope, with entry at £5. This is a heaviest single fish competition, but anglers may win more than one prize. Usual Tuesday rules apply.

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