Mackerel galore thrills Roker pier anglers

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MACKEREL turned up in big numbers on Roker Pier on Sunday, with bags of 30-plus fish being taken on daylight lures.

Numbers dropped off through the rest of the week with only the odd one or two being taken. There were also a few good pollock up to 5lb caught on float-fished ragworm or fish strip.

Gary Turner (who was fishing for lobster) caught a 10lb-plus pollock in a crab pot baited with cat food! Codling up to 2½lb and lots of whiting have shown after dark, with the codling falling to crab baits and worm tipped with mackerel taking the whiting.

South Shields Pier has also fished well for mackerel over high water, as well as codling up to 3½lb.

Plaice fishing has been excellent with bags of up to 12 fish taking ragworm and crab baits. Shaun Golightly took nine plaice on Saturday, with a double shot on his last cast weighing 5½lb for the two. Whiting are also showing in good numbers on South Shields Pier with bags of up to 20 fish on worm and mackerel baits.

The Wear is still fishing well for flounders and a few eels, with fish up to 2lb. Southwick prom has been the top area.

Due to the amount of rainwater coming down the river, the Tyne has not fished as well. Having said that, anglers are still taking whiting and codling to 3lb on crab and ragworm baits in the lower stretches. The best areas have been The Walkway and the Customs House.

Boat anglers are still enjoying great sport when they can get out. On Sunday, local charter boat The Sapphire had a good day fishing over wrecks between seven and 14 miles out, taking 25 codling weighing 8-10lb. The best fish were a 13lb ling and a 15lb cod. Hokki lures baited with squid and mackerel took most of the fish, but the bigger ones fell to large squid and mackerel baits fished on a long flowing trace.

Catch 22 had a good day on Sunday, with eight anglers hard ground fishing around Ryhope to Seaham. They ended the day with 55 cod from 3-5½lb and a load of mackerel.

The news on the Old North Pier is that it is to be fenced off to stop access (as it is dangerous), while a survey to assess what work needs to be done to bring the pier up to standard for public access is carried out. The plan is to have the pier fully open again for the public by 2015.

Ryhope Club’s Tuesday match last week saw 23 anglers competing and weighing in 29 fish (12 eels, two coalfish and 15 flatfish). Flatfish ruled the day, giving Mason Burton a first place (1lb 13½oz) followed by John Lovett (1lb 2½oz), Steve Rackstraw and Jim Dobie (both 1lb 2oz).

On Saturday night, Seaham Sea Anglers fished their Nighthawk competition, with 18 of the 26 anglers bringing 68 fish to the scales (48.94lb) – mostly whiting, flatfish and dogfish.

John Barrass won with 12 fish (7.54lb), ahead of Jim Dobie’s nine fish (6.56lb) and Geordie Hope’s four fish (5.17lb). The pairs event was won by Mick Davison and Dean Furness with 11 fish (8.62lb). Eddie Talbot took the heaviest single fish with a lesser spotted dogfish (2.57lb).

Ryhope Summer League tried their luck at the Copthorne Hotel on Sunday and found flounders and eels.

Zone A was won by Paul Richardson with 20 fish (382cm), ahead of Barry Stowells’ 12 fish (239cm) and Lee Burton’s 10 fish (210cm). The longest fish was Alan Burton’s flounder (36cm).

Zone B saw Tommy Tate taking first place with 13 fish (255cm). Alan Marsh was runner-up with 12 fish (204cm), just pipping Billy Bell’s eight fish (200cm). The longest fish (36cm flounders) was a tie between Wayne Harriman and John Lovett. Jordan Lowes was the junior winner with seven fish (173cm).

Last Thursday’s Rutherford’s Conoflex Sweepstake was cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions.

The Bob White Memorial boat competition takes place on Saturday. More information from Amble Angling Centre on 01665 711200.

On Sunday, Reelsport’s Summer League continues on the Wear (4-8pm), while Sunderland Sea Anglers are out from 3-7pm.

Ryhope Club’s Tuesday competition will be held at the Business Park (7-10pm), while the Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstake will return at the Copthorne Hotel on Wednesday (7.30-10.30pm).

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