Huge catches up for grabs from Roker pier

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LOCAL anglers have been enjoying some fantastic sport on Roker Pier with huge bags of up to 100 mackerel being taken, along with pollock, small ballan wrasse, coalfish, flounders, dabs and the odd plaice.

After sunset, there have been massive shoals of whiting moving in to feed. The mackerel have fallen to most methods – daylights, spinners and float fishing and have even taken bait fished on the bottom.

For the whiting – worm tipped with mackerel strip has been the top bait (especially freshly-caught mackerel).

A reminder to anglers that Roker Pier is open for everyone to use and it’s being spoiled for the general public by anglers not taking their rubbish away with them.

You can even throw mackerel heads and guts over the side – it keeps the crabs happy! Please help to keep the pier tidy and stop anglers getting a bad name, by getting rid of your rubbish before you go home.

South Shields Pier is also fishing very well with similar quantities of mackerel being taken along with the odd good-sized pollock to 6lb, along with good-sized coalfish and plaice up to 2 ½ lb. There have also been codling up to 3 ½ lb on crab baits and as with Roker Pier – lots of whiting after dark.

For anglers wanting to get away from the crowds on the piers, there have been mackerel on the rock marks at Marsden with bags of up to 20 fish and few good-sized codling to 5 ½ lb on crab baits.

The rivers Wear and Tyne are still producing good bags of flounders with fish up to 2lb. The best areas in the Wear have been Claxheugh and Southwick Prom with the British Airways Car Park best in the Tyne. The best baits have been crab, mackerel and ragworm or a cocktail of all three.

On Monday, 13-year-old Morgan Parry set a potential new record with his catch of a 3lb greater forkbeard from the Rat House Corner, the biggest previously recorded was only 1lb. Well done Morgan!

Travelling anglers have enjoyed some great sport catching smooth hounds from the beach in the Withernsea area and the beach between Chapel St Leonards and Skegness with fish of 10lb being fairly common and even reaching 20lb in some cases. Crab is the bait for these hard-fighting fish and most are returned live to the water as they aren’t the best to eat.

North East anglers travelling further afield to Norway have had some unbelievable sport fishing the Fjords. Jimmy Cassidy, Andrew Dack, Tom Laws and Callum Hilton fished a self-hire boat from Skjervoy. Laws took cod of 30lb and 32lb, Hilton took a halibut of 28lb, Dack a cod of 26lb and Cassidy a cod of 27lb. They also had jumbo haddock up to 10lb. Richard Roll and Chris Hulme also fished here with Hulme’s best fish a cracking 42lb. They also took many cod over 20lb including Roll’s personal best of 28lb.

Local boat anglers have been finding the fish not so easy to come by. On Saturday, local charter boat The Sapphire fished 14 to 18 miles offshore and found codling up to 5lb and ling up to 13lb. On Sunday, with only four anglers on-board, they took 15 cod up to 10lb 4oz and three ling up to 6lb as well as hundreds of mackerel. All of the better fish fell to shads baited with fresh mackerel.

On Sunday, Catch 22 had a wrecking trip away. After a very slow start the lads from Leam Lane SAC stuck it out wreck after wreck only catching the odd fish here and there. After what looked like a long day ahead the lads fished hard for their suppers and won the day ending up with four or five cod around the 3lb to 4lb mark, 30 good cod from 5lb to 10lb and six ling to 9 ½ lb – so not a bad result at the end of the day.

On Monday, Catch 22 took another seven anglers wreck fishing on a flat sea and finished the day on 30 good cod from 5lb to 9 ½ lb, 12 pollock and one ling of 8lb.

Twenty-two anglers fished last Tuesday night’s Ryhope SAC competition and all weighed in flounders, eels and whiting. Fishing was very good, Davy McCready was pulling them in for fun having well over 12 sized flounders averaging 1lb but his best was only 1lb 4oz just outside the prizes (which all went to flounders).

Taking the top two spots was Bobby Surtees with two (1lb 7oz and 1lb 6 ½ oz). In third place was Jim Dobie (1lb 6oz) and Lee Burton came fourth (1lb 5 ½ oz).

The Seaham Badger Open due to take place last Friday was cancelled due to a lack of anglers. The Rutherford’s Cono-flex Sweepstake also has a poor turnout with only nine anglers competing (apparently there was some Olympic thing on in London!). All nine who fished at the Copthorne Hotel took fish and Chris Stringer was top rod with 16 fish (343cm). Andy Rutherford was runner-up with 10 fish (223cm) and in third was Jason Dack with six fish (140cm).

On Sunday, Blue Watch Youth Club assisted by Ryhope SAC held a competition at the White Wall in the River Wear. Twelve fished and all caught flounders. First place went to Connor Henshaw (1lb), followed by Darren Glesser in second (15oz). Joint third were Cameron Archibald and James Almond (8oz) and in fourth place was Sam Hutchinson (4oz). All fish were weighed and returned to the water.

There are plenty of competitions this Sunday to keep anglers happy, starting with Sunderland SAC (3pm to 7pm). The Reel Sport Summer league continues at the Golden Lion (2.30pm to 6.30pm). Ryhope SAC will hold their summer league at the Tyne Business Park (3pm to 7pm) and Seaham SAC fish for the Crawford Cup (2pm to 7pm).

Also on Sunday, the Whitley Bay Summer Open takes place at Beadnell (9am to 2pm). Entry is £10 with payout on the day. Competitors should meet at Patterson’s Garage one hour before the start of the match for registration. Boundaries are open and weigh-in closes 30 minutes after the end of the match.

Redcar Navy and Gentlemen’s Club SAC summer open is also this Sunday (10.30am to 3pm). This is a heaviest fish competition. Entry is £5 and registration is at Redcar Angling Centre. The boundaries are South Gare east wall (excluding wall) to Whitby West Pier (excluding pier). More details are available from Tony Barker on 07727 754746

Next Tuesday sees the Ryhope SAC competition take place at the Wear Business Park (7pm to 10pm).

One for the diary includes the Seaton Sluice open competition on Sunday September 16 (8.30am to 12.30pm) with a first prize of £500. Boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses Pier and the HQ will be the Bankhouse Club at Newbiggin. More details later.

A reminder to junior anglers that I have registration forms for the north east under 18 Sea Angling Competition that is taking place on August 19. Entry forms must be submitted by August 10 at the latest.

0191 565 4183 @tackledealer