Festive thrill as big catches lift anglers

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ANGLERS have enjoyed good sport over the festive period with a few cod reaching double figures in weight, along with big bags of good sized whiting being taken.

Hendon Prom fished well with cod up to 8lb caught on lugworm and razorfish baits.

When the sea dropped away, Roker Pier produced bags of up to 20 whiting with the best reaching 1½lb. The best bait proved to be lugworm tipped with mackerel.

Roker Pier didn’t disappoint with codling either. What lacked in quantity was made up for in quality, with the best going to 11lb 8oz, caught from the end of the pier. The fish was lip-hooked and the patient angler walked it to the pier steps to land it.

The Rat House Corner, at the mouth of the Wear, has given up good bags of whiting along with codling up to 2lb. Most of these fish have been taken on mackerel strip bait, even the codling!

Further up the Wear, there have been good numbers of flounders being caught. Although a lot are on the small side, they are still providing good sport. The best areas have been Claxheugh and the Business Park next to the Post Office building.

I think that the competitions in the Wear, whereby the fish are released back into the water, are now paying dividends as there seem to be a lot more flounders around. Please remember that if you are targeting these fish not to rive hooks out of deep-hooked fish but to just cut your line as close to the fish’s mouth as you can, or use forceps to remove the hook before you return the fish safely to the water.

Sunderland angler Tommy Tate enjoyed a good night’s fishing last Thursday on Whitburn Beach next to the Steel, taking four codling weighing 7lb, 6lb, 5lb and 4lb.

That same night, a whopping 15lb 8oz fish was caught from Marsden Rocks on squid and mussel bait by Johnny Loftus.

During calm conditions, South Shields Pier has served up good bags of whiting along with good sized codling.

The best one reported was taken last Thursday night by Jimmy Brooks on lugworm bait and weighed 11lb 11oz.

For those anglers who don’t want to walk as far as the end of the Pier, there have been codling taken from The Rubble, right down to the Brigade Hut.

Travelling anglers have reported the Northumberland coastline as fishing well for cod, with several in double figure weights being taken.

With the amount of big fish caught over the last few weeks, I think there maybe a chance of a 20lb-plus fish in the new year as January and February are usually when the best fish show in our area.

Keep your drop nets handy!

A late result in for Sunderland SAC from December 16 saw 13 fishing with about half weighing in.

John Robinson won with seven whiting for 6lb 9oz, ahead of Phil Wright’s two cod and a whiting for 5lb 8oz. Wright also took the heaviest fish prize with a cod of 3lb 8oz.

Billy Gambln secured third place with seven whiting for 5lb 3oz

The Dean Foster Memorial Open was held on Sunday and saw Gary Pye take first place for the heaviest fish (9lb 1oz) and also the heaviest bag (15lb 5 5/8oz).

Runner-up Darren Swan took the second heaviest fish (5lb 5¾oz) and the second heaviest bag (8lb 15¼oz), with Brian Lee third (2lb 8 3/8oz)

The New Year’s Eve measure and release sweepstake at Claxheugh saw 28 fishing.

Ken McCoy was top rod with 452cm, followed by Andy Rutherford (323cm) in second, with Shaun Golightly third (274cm) and Steve Rackstraw fourth (267cm). The longest fish belonged to Neil Cutler, measuring 41cm.

H Can club secretaries send me details of competitions for 2013 please. Anyone with a good catch, please let me know and even better send me a photo!

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