Grand day all round as Mason follows Alan to Silloth success

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SUNDERLAND angler Mason Burton kept it in the family by winning the prestigious Silloth Championship.

The 19-year-old Wearsider followed in his grandfather Alan Burton’s footsteps by landing the title at the popular Cumbrian resort.

The match was a catch, measure and conversion competition, with Burton catching 23 fish in total – well ahead of everyone else – and securing victory in his zone.

On the conversion, though, he finished with 146½ points, only narrowly beating runner-up Barry McEwan, who had 10 fish for 146 points. Steve McAdam was third with 14 fish for 138 points.

In all, 80 anglers completed. The other zone winners were Steve Litt, Paul Tuck and Ged Stevens, while Ben Shepherd’s 41cm flounder was the longest fish.

With the rough weather last week, there were a few codling taken in the North East.

The ever popular Hendon Prom produced codling up to 3lb, while The Rat House corner on the Old North Pier also gave up codling to 2½lb, although there are still a lot of undersized specimens.

The Rat House Corner was also the scene of young Tyler Chapman’s first fishing encounter.

The seven-year-old hails from Stockton and went on his first fishing expedition with his grandad Terry Chapman. They thought they would make the trip a bit more interesting and competed to see who could catch the most different species. Tyler caught, among many other things, a tadpole fish and proved himself the better angler!

When Roker Pier opened there were plenty of fish, but most were on the small side. Codling, plaice, dabs, flounders and coalfish have all been taken but no mackerel yet.

The River Wear is still seeing small coalfish and codling, with good quality flounders. The Glass Centre, Southwick Prom and the Timber Beach are all worth a look.

South Shields Pier produced the best codling of the week, with Alan Healy taking one of 5lb, then Les Straughan and Tommy Tate both landing 3lb 10oz codling.

There have also been good dabs and the odd dogfish. At the weekend, big launce sand eels were taken on small feather lures from the Small Wall area.

From both Roker and South Shields Pier, anglers have reported seeing large pods of dolphins (up to 75 in number), jumping well clear of the water and coming within feet of the piers.

The weather was against boat anglers last midweek, but by the weekend they were able to put to sea.

The small boats fishing out of Whitburn took bags of up to 10 fish to 3lb.

Local charter boat The Sapphire fished the wrecks 15 miles offshore and took codling to 4½lb and ling to 8lb and saw massive shoals of sprats over the wrecks.

The JFK, fishing out of the Tyne, took the best fish of the week – a 27lb ling which fell to the rod of Tom Headley. Terry Smith also had a ling of 16lb from the same boat.

Richy Carr had a good day’s sport on his private boat, fishing over the hard ground and taking 29 codling, with the best one at 4lb.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake had 21 anglers out, with nine weighing in nine flounders, a coalfish, an eel and a cod – all of which were returned to the water.

Top rod was John Lovett with a 1lb 4oz flounder, followed in second place by Davy Mould, with a 1lb 2oz eel. Bobby Surtees was third with a 14oz flounder while Andy Rutherford ended fourth with a 13oz coalfish.

The Fisherman’s Locker midweek match was moved to South Shields Pier and, in rather wet conditions, found codling feeding.

Les Straughan won with three fish for 6lb 12oz, ahead of Davy Mould’s 5lb 10oz, with Andy Rutherford third thanks to two fish for 5lb 4oz. There was a tie for the heaviest single fish between Straughan and Tommy Tate, who both caught 3lb 10oz codling.

Sunderland SAC had 11 fishing at the weekend, with six weighing in two cod and four flounders. First was Peter Moir with a cod of 1lb 14oz, beating Paul Hossack’s 1lb 12oz cod and Paul Robinson’s flounder of 1lb 6oz.

Seaham SAC fished for the Tuck Brothers’ Trophy on Sunday, with 47 anglers taking part.

Davey Stoker won with two fish for 2.86lb, closely followed by George Hope’s two fish for 2.75lb. Third place was taken by Micky Davison, also with two fish for 1.75lb.

The heaviest single fish was Stoker’s 2.38lb dogfish and he also won the pairs event with D. Alderson.

Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is at Lambton Drops (7-10pm). Competitors are asked to meet under the town bridge.

Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker midweek match will be on South Shields Pier (7-10pm). Entry is £7 with 100 per cent payout. Competitors to meet at the pier gates (6-6.30pm).

Sunday, June 15 sees the first of the Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstakes at the Glass Centre (2-6pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. This is a measure and release match.

The next Little Derek’s Flounder Fanatic competitions takes place on Sunday, June 28 (1-5pm) at Claxheugh. Registration is at the venue (noon).

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