It’s cod almighty as anglers reap rewards

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SOME good-sized cod, reaching double figures, have been taken this last week, writes Andy Rutherford.

No doubt anglers will be digging out their drop nets and upping the size of their hooks in anticipation of catching a whopper!

Roker Pier fished well for whiting up to 1½lb and codling up to 6lb until Thursday when Chris Hossack hooked and landed a 16lb 8oz cod – one of the best fish to be caught from the Pier this winter.

The big cod have continued, with reports of a 14lb one being caught earlier this week.

South Shields Pier has been just as productive, giving up codling up to 6lb as well as the usual whiting.

Roker Pier has not been the only place producing big cod. On Friday night, two were landed from the lower Tyne Estuary – the best being 17lb and the other a mere 15lb! There were also rumours of an 18lb cod lost on the lift.

The River Wear fished well, with good bags of whiting and flounders to 2lb.

Ernie Hunter fished the Glass Centre on Friday night and took 11 sized whiting (the best one being 1lb 6oz) in seven casts – in total, he caught 30 fish. The whiting, along with good flounders and a few fair-sized coalfish have been as far up the river as the Business Park.

Further south, there have been whiting as well as codling to 3lb at Hendon Prom. Seaham Hall Beach has also fished for whiting and codling up to 4lb.

Seaham North Pier gave Alan Robinson a 12lb 7oz cod on Saturday night and his son, John, took a thornback ray (5lb 9oz). Brian Hudson was also lucky enough to land a 12lb 2oz cod.

Last Tuesday saw 12 anglers fishing the Ryhope Open, with three weighing in six whiting. Steve Swinhoe and Gordon Russell tied for first place (390g), with Terry Mann third (375g).

Sunderland Sea Anglers had 11 members fishing their competition on Sunday, with just one – Henry Antliffe – weighing in one flounder (14oz) which took the heaviest bag and heaviest fish. Monday night’s Cleadon Club competition saw 32 members fishing, with nine weighing in.

Mark Shotton triumphed with six codling and coalfish (11lb 11oz) from South Shields Pier. Runner-up David Carrick had four codling and whiting (5lb 6oz) from Tynemouth Pier. Third-placed Trevor Green’s codling (4lb 15oz) from Roker Pier was the heaviest fish.

Seaham Sea Anglers saw 60 members fishing for the Dawes Brothers Cup on Sunday, with nine of them bringing 11 fish (16.17lb) to the scales.

Paul Westmorland took the treble, securing first place with two fish (8.15lb), the heaviest single fish prize (5.90lb) and the pairs title alongside Ian Ainsley with two fish (8.15lb).

Dean Ambler was second with two fish (2.36lb) and runner-up in the pairs title with K. Barrass with two fish (2.36lb). C. Darwin was third with one fish (1.89lb).

Ryhope Sea Angling Club’s competition on Sunday saw 79 entrants, with just under half of them weighing in.

The top three catches were from the Tyne and taking top spot with five coalies and one codling (3,440g) was P. Richardson, followed by T. Tate’s four coalies and one flounder (2,725g). Third place went to W. Harriman with four coalies and a flounder (2,135g).

As well as the top spot, Richardson also had the heaviest single fish – a 1.12kg codling. The heaviest flat fish was J. Bryan’s flounder (555g) and the junior winner was Jordan Lowes (1,120g), who fished the Wear.

Forthcoming fixtures include tomorrow night’s Seaham Badger Open (7-11pm) with registration and weigh-in at Seaham’s club HQ.

Ryhope host their Tuesday night heaviest single fish competition (7-10pm), with weigh-in by 10.45pm. Registration and weigh-in at the back of Sea View Club.

Looking ahead, the Dave Jobson Memorial Match is on Sunday, February 26 (9.30am-1.30pm). Registration is from 7-8.30am at the rear of the Ridley Park Hotel in Blyth. For more details, contact Nigel Howitt on 07988 465416.

A meeting is being held at the Eastenders pub next Tuesday (7 Feb) at 7.30pm to discuss the re-forming of the Eastend Angling Club. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

I’d also say a quick thank you to Brian Kirkhouse for passing on an old rod and reel to Geoff Moon to use in his junior angler courses. Anyone else wanting to donate old gear they no longer use should contact Geoff at WE-AR Fishing on 07772 393196.

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