Hit and miss for boats – and it’s the same on shore

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BOAT anglers fishing out of Seaham enjoyed some good sport last week, that was until the sea came away on Saturday and spoiled it!

Fishing around six miles off, they have been taking bags of up to 25 codling each, with most fish in the 5lb to 8lb range, using shads and sidewinder lures.

Boats out of the Tyne have also caught some good-sized fish, with the JFK taking around 30 fish a day with cod up to 10lb and ling up to 12lb.

For boats fishing out of Sunderland, it’s still been a bit patchy, but there have been some fish up to 7lb caught with squid and mussel being the best baits.

Further north, boats fishing Eyemouth and Stabbs have been catching good bags of pollock up to 6lb, as well as codling to 7lb. Commercial boats have had a few mackerel, but these have been caught a good 20 miles off shore.

Shore fishing has been a bit hit and miss, though there are still a few dogfish, whiting and the odd plaice coming off Seaham North Pier, which is where 11-year-old John Robinson from Murton, although relatively new to fishing, has been giving more experienced anglers a run for their money.

Last Friday, he managed to catch a rockling and then, later on in the evening after upgrading his gear, two dogfish (one weighing around 2½lb) on big mackerel bait.

Roker Pier has been giving up coalfish along with dabs, plaice, flounder and one or two small pollock. The flounders have still been feeding in the River Wear with fish up to 1½lb being caught. The best areas to catch them are Claxheugh and the Golden Lion.

South Shields Pier is still giving up the odd sized codling up to 2½lb, as well as bags of coalfish, although it’s not been consistent on all tides. However, there is still the chance of early plaice.

Coalfish, along with lots of undersized codling, are still showing in the River Tyne.

Travelling anglers are finding the flounders feeding well at Port Carlisle in Cumbria, with bags of up to 20 fish taking crab or mackerel baits.

Two local anglers travelled to the west coast of Scotland last Friday and found it well worth the trip, taking dogfish along with five thornback rays up to 9lb 10oz on bluey and sand eel bait.

This week’s competition results start with an apology to Kallum Jenkins who won the junior title in last Sunday’s Ryhope Club and not Keiron Jenkins as was reported – sorry Kallum!

Alberta Sea Angling Club fished a difficult match on Saturday night, with 33 members taking part in their roving competition and 18 of them returning to the scales.

Les Daglish won with four fish (4lb 13oz) from Port Carlisle, followed by Dave Flood’s four fish (3lb 12oz) from the River Tyne. Mick Dellin also had four (3lb 1oz) from the Tyne to take third place. The heaviest fish was Barry Richardson’s 1lb 11oz flounder.

Seaham Sea Angling Club will be holding their Annual Open competition tomorrow (12-5pm). For more details, contact Seaham HQ on 581 0321

For travelling anglers, Sunday sees the Senhouse Street Easter Open (9am-1pm), fishing from Perch Light to Maryport South Pier (excluded). Registration (7-8.45am) at Senhouse Street WMC (CA14 2SJ). Entry is £12. For more details, call Mark on 01900 605394.

Sunderland Sea Anglers will be out on Easter Sunday (2-6pm) and Seaham Sea Angling Club will be holding their popular Badger Open (7-11pm) next Friday, April 13 (let’s hope it’s not too unlucky for the competitors!).

The RNLI are running a “Safety at Sea” evening at Sunderland Yacht Club on Wednesday (8pm). This will be an interactive evening and presentation discussing all the means of summoning assistance. Everyone is welcome.


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