England call-up’s the real McCoy for city angler Ken

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SUNDERLAND angler Ken McCoy has been selected to fish for the England Shore Team in the home international along with two other anglers from the region.

McCoy is joined in the team by Garrie Foster (Newcastle) and Gateshead’s Neil Cutler, plus Chris Snow (Worthing), John Brown (Southampton), Malcom Sote (Lymington).

One or two dogfish have started to show on Seaham North Pier along with good bags of up to 20 big whiting going to 2lb and codling to 3lb. Seaham Hall Beach has also produced bags of whiting, but during the hours of darkness.

Roker Pier has fished well for whiting and has produced some good cod. Local angler Alan Scott fished close in shore into The Bay on last Thursday night to take a cod of 8lb. He returned to the same mark on Saturday night and took another cod of 9lb 14oz.

There was also a Thornback Ray of 44cm reported from Roker on Saturday night.

The Old North Pier and, in particular, The Rat House Corner has given up good bags of whiting on lugworm and mackerel baits, along with codling up to 3lb.

The Glass Centre Prom has also produced bags of up to whiting along with some good flounders.

The rock marks at Marsden and Whitburn continue to produce codling up to 5lb, mostly taken on crab baits.

South Shields Pier has given up whiting and codling to 5lb, while The Groyne and the The Walkway, at the mouth of the Tyne, have also seen codling to 3lb along with whiting.

North of the Tyne, codling have shown in good numbers and good sizes, with Cullernose Point, Cambois Rock, Cresswell Cars, Private Beach, Newbiggin and as far up as Boulmer all producing good fish.

Ryhope SAC had a good turnout of 30 rods last Tuesday, with eight weighing in 14 cod and two whiting.

Micky Newton won with a 4lb 1oz codling from the Roundhead, followed by Lee Burton in second with a 3lb 1oz cod from The Target at Ryhope. Chris Hossack finished third with a 3lb cod from The Barrier at Roker Pier, with Steve Rackshaw in fourth with a 2lb 11oz cod from The Broken Steps at Ryhope.

Last Friday’s Badger Open at Seaham had a turnout of 36, with 19 bringing 105 fish to the scales for a total of 75.50lb.

Winner Willy Rowntree fished the North Pier to take a dogfish of 2.02lb. Runner-up Gary Pye had a codling of 1.72lb and third place went to Dean Furness’s whiting of 1.64lb.

The heaviest bag went to Pye with 18 fish for 17.04lb. Along with Darren Swan, Pye also won the pairs event with 32 fish for 28.06lb.

Davey McCready was top rod at Sunday’s sweepstake at The Glass Centre, with 12 fish for 299cm, while Steve Rackstraw took second spot with seven fish for 170cm. Third place went to Stevie Graham with five fish for 128cm.

Ryhope SAC saw 62 anglers fishing their club competition on Sunday, with Steve Swinhowe fishing the Hall Beach to take his winning bag of eight whiting for 2,435g.

Keith Carter fished Hendon Prom to also take eight whiting for 2,420g to secure second place. Colin Smedley managed six whiting for 1,950g from the Hall Beach to finish third.

The heaviest round fish fell to the rod of John Blaney – a 905g codling. The heaviest flat fish was Gordon Russell’s 675g flounder. The junior winner was Ryan Taylor with four fish for 1,415g.

This Sunday, Seaham SAC fish for the Lawson Cup (noon-5pm) and Ryhope SAC will hold their club competition (2-6pm).

Sunday also sees the Dave Jobson Memorial Open take place (8am-noon). Entry is £10, including £2 for heaviest single fish. First prize is £300, second £200, third £100. The boundaries are the Ice House in the Tyne to Pattersons Garage at Beadnell. Registration and weigh-in are at the Sea Horse, Plessey Road, Blyth.

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

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