Dolphins on the horizon, so summer’s on the way!

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THE planned refurbishment works to the tunnel running under Roker Pier and its lighthouse shouldn’t cause anglers too many problems with access.

Weather permitting, the pier will be open as usual while the work is undertaken on the tunnel, and when work begins on the lighthouse, there will be no access to the end of the pier.

The refurbishment works should take no longer than a month to complete.

Over the weekend a pod of dolphins put on a good show for anglers fishing off Roker Pier.

The dolphins appeared to be feeding on sandeel, so perhaps this is an indication that summer is on its way! Most of the fish caught from the pier were undersized, with the odd codling to 2lb and some good sized flounders from the pier end.

Seaham South Pier has produced a few codling up to 1lb as has The Chemical Beach.

The rock marks at Marsden have seen a few codling to 2½lb and the odd sized coalfish, so maybe worth a look if you want to avoid the piers.

South Shields pier has again been the top local mark with bags of up to 10 good sized coalfish and codling up to 3lb.

Crab is a must for these fish and, if the sea stays calm, there should be a chance of a good plaice.

The River Tyne is also giving good sport with undersized codling in massive numbers (if you can put up with the smaller fish!) going to 3lb, along with flounders starting to move back in the river.

There have also been some eels taken which should be returned to the water as soon as possible as they are now a protected species.

Boat anglers have struggled with the weather.

Some boats did manage to get out on Saturday morning and took codling to 6lb, but they were back in port by lunchtime.

Elsewhere, Silloth prom is producing dogfish and thornback ray, along with dabs and flounders.

Filey Bridge has seen bags of up to eight codling up to 4lb.

The Wednesday night competition at the Glass Centre saw 18 anglers competing.

Winner Stu Foots took eight fish for 163cm including the longest fish – a 34cm coalfish.

Runner-up was Jim Dobie with seven fish for 139cm and third was Andy Rutherford, also with seven fish for 133cm.

Fifteen anglers took part in the River Tyne sweepstake at Walker on Sunday afternoon, taking mostly codling, flounders and half a dozen eels.

First was Steve Potts with 21 fish for 551cm, followed by second-placed Andy Rutherford also with 21 fish for 530cm. Third place went to Colin Bell with 13 fish for 295cm.

The longest fish was a 45cm codling taken by Dave Delaney.

Seaham SAC fished the rescheduled Davison Trophy match on Sunday, with 35 anglers taking part.

The top five weights were all single codling.

The winner was Micky Davison with 2.56lb. Alan Norman was runner-up with 2.11lb, while third-placed Neil Smith had 1.86lb.

George Hope took fourth place, with 1.75lb, then Sue Hope was fifth (1.58lb).

Davison also had the heaviest single fish and the pairs’ event was won by Sue and George Hope with two fish for 3.33lb.

Seaham SAC compete for the Moore Trophy on Sunday (noon-5pm), while Sunderland SAC will also be fishing that day (noon-4pm).

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at the Glass Centre (7 to 10pm).

Entry is £5, registration and peg draw will be at the venue.

These are heaviest fish competitions fished on a weigh and release basis. Anglers may win more than one prize.

The Wednesday night match will be at the Glass Centre. Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout.

Registration and peg draw at the venue. For more details of where the competition will be held, call Andy on 0191 5654183.

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