Flounders aplenty in the Wear to boost sport

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LOTS of small coalfish have appeared in the Wear alongside a few sized fish going up to 1½lb.

The odd codling up to 2½lb have also been taken in the river.

Flounders have been taken in good numbers, mostly on crab and mackerel bait, with the Timber Beach, Business Park and Southwick Prom all worth a look.

Local angler Steve Graham took a cracking 48cm flounder (about 2½lb) when fishing at the Vinegar Wells (downriver from Claxheugh).

The rock marks at Marsden have been producing a few sized codling, with fish up to 4lb. Crab bait is a must for these fish – anywhere between Frenchman’s Point and Camels Island is worth a look.

South Shields Pier offers anglers the best chance of a sized codling as it has given up fish to 4lb, along with some good coalfish, and there are a few plaice starting to show. But, as always with this mark, two tides are never the same!

The Tyne is full of small undersized codling, although there has been a scattering of sized fish up to 4lb between The Walkway and Jarrow Riverside Park.

Boat fishing seems to be slowly picking up.

The Mistress, fishing out of the Tyne, had a good day with the codling, with fish up to 5lb.

Local charter boat The Sapphire had an up-and-coming young angler aboard on Saturday. Six-year-old Frazer Nicholson took the best fish of the day – a 3lb codling – with a little help from his dad!

On Sunday, The Sapphire tried the wrecks south of the Wear with limited success, however fortunes changed on the way back in.

They spent an hour fishing a wreck next to the South Pier and took 10 codling to 4½lb. Commercial fisherman have reported a few mackerel being caught in their nets.

Plenty of anglers have been travelling to Silloth, on the west coast, to fish from the prom next to the lifeboat station. This mark has produced dabs, flounders, dogfish and some good sized thornback rays up to 10lb, with crab the bait for the flats and fish baits for the dogfish and rays.

The Fisherman’s Locker sweepstake at the White Wall saw 13 anglers taking part.

Winner Andy Rutherford took six fish for 163cm, followed by Joe Gibson, with four fish for 96cm. Third-placed Neil Cutler also took four fish for 87cm. The longest fish was Steve Rackstraw’s 34cm coalfish.

In the Sea Anglers Match Federation v Scotland competition held at Walker in the Tyne on Saturday, SAMF triumphed with 59 points, beating Scotland’s 106 (lowest point score wins).

Zone winners were B. Buckley (Scotland) with 15 fish for 317cm, C. Stringer (SAMF) with 29 fish for 625cm and A. Dawkins (SAMF) with 22 fish for 494cm.

Nineteen anglers competed in Saturday’s Blenny Hill Open.

Winner Paul Edwards took two fish for 72cm – one of which won the longest fish prize at 47cm. Runner-up Steven Rackstraw had two fish for 63cm, while Davie Wood was third with two for 58cm. The junior title was taken by Jack Stoker (52cm).

Sunderland SAC had 13 fishing at the weekend, with only three weighing in two flounders and a codling.

Stevie Conlin triumphed with a flounder for 1lb 12oz, followed by Colin Smith’s 1lb 11oz codling and Alan Mordey’s 1lb 2oz flounder.

On Tuesday, Ryhope SAC’s open heaviest fish competition takes place at Southwick Prom (7 to 10pm). Entry is £5. Registration and peg draw will take place at the venue and there will be someone to watch the cars (£1 per car).

The Fisherman’s Locker measure and release competition at the Glass Centre takes place on Wednesday (7-10pm ). Entry is £7. Registration and peg draw will take place at the venue.

Sunday, May 25 sees the second Little Derek’s Flounder Fanatics competition take place at The White Wall (10.30 to 2.30pm). Registration is at the venue from 9.30am. More details are available from Anth on 07827 338 934.

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