Finlay’s surprise catch of the day

Finlay Seymour with his 3lb 7oz halibut.
Finlay Seymour with his 3lb 7oz halibut.
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15-YEAR-OLD Finlay Seymour was a surprised angler when he caught a deep-water fish when fishing on the end of Roker Pier earlier this week.

Finlay’s halibut was caught using an orange muppet lure and sandeel bait and weighed in at 3lb 7oz.

The fish are usually caught in the waters around Norway and Iceland and can grow up to 200lb.

With the tides being very small last week, the piers in our area proved to be the best marks.

Seaham North Pier saw bags of up to ten whiting going to around 1lb in weight, along with codling up to 4½ lb taken from the end of the pier.

There were also a couple of lesser spotted dogfish taken.

Roker Pier has produced whiting, mostly in the hours of darkness along with codling up to 2½ lb taken from the Round Head, as well as dabs and flounders.

During the day, there were a few small coalfish taking all manner of baits.

Anglers fishing The Rat House Corner and The Glass Centre Prom have taken lots of undersized coalfish, codling and whiting along with a few good sized flounders.

Up river at Claxheugh, the Timber Beach and The Business Park there have been bags of up to ten flounders going to 1lb 4oz, mostly taken on frozen runnydown and mackerel baits.

When the water was coloured last week, South Shields Pier produced good bags of whiting up to 1½ lb, along with codling up to 2½ lb – again the end of the Pier was the top spot.

The River Tyne is still producing codling and whiting, with lots of undersized fish stealing anglers’ bait.

There has been sized codling from The Walk Way over low water. Further up river, there has been codling to 2lb from the grassed area at Hebburn Marina and the Stone Jetty.

Surprisingly, there have been sized whiting reported at the Copthorne Hotel, along with flounders up to 1½ lb – all taken on fish baits.

Boat anglers are finding fish when they can put to sea. The JFK2, fishing out of the Tyne, over the rough ground took 25 codling up to 6lb.

Local charter boat The Sapphire set out on Saturday for a 10-hour wrecking trip which was cut short by the weather.

The boat fished over the wrecks five miles off shore, where anglers found the water to be clear and took codling between 3½ and 5½ lb, along with ling up to 7lb.

The European Open Beach Championships took place last weekend and although the full result isn’t published yet – local anglers Steve Graham and Ken McCoy won the pairs’ event on the first day with a 12.7kg bag, winning them £1200.

This Sunday, Sunderland SAC have their club competition (1-5pm), Ryhope SAC also have theirs (2-6pm) and Seaham SAC will fish for the Clifford Plate (noon-5pm).

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is back on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry for this match is £10 with 100 per cent payout.

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