Mixed mackerel fortunes for boat anglers

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BOAT anglers from across the North East are having a great time and enjoying some good sport.

Boats out of Sunderland have taken bags of up to 20 codling per angler with fish going to 5½lb, taken on daylites and hokkais baited with worm, mussel or fresh mackerel.

Talking of mackerel, some boats have taken up to 70 fish, which have been on the big side – some going to nearly 3lb.

Other boats have not fared as well, with not a mackerel in sight!

Sunderland boat The Sapphire had a good weekend fishing over the White Stones of Hendon, taking 40 codling up to 3lb and returning 20 smaller codling to the sea.

Boats from the Tyne are also finding the fish, with The Mistress now doing evening trips and taking cod to 7lb. The Sarah JFK took 60 fish last weekend with cod to 14lb and ling up to 12lb, along with more than 100 mackerel.

Further north out of Berwick, Country House anglers fishing aboard On a Promise took 243 codling up to 3lb, with most fish returned to the water.

Whitby charter boat Shy-Torque 2000 took two more porbeagle sharks last week, although not as big as previously they still weighed in at a hefty 63lb and 60lb. Anyone interested in having a go at these fish can contact Rich Ward on 01947 601233 or 07733 233352 or visit www.shy-torque2000.com

Shore anglers are still waiting for the mackerel to show up in big numbers. There have been a few from Seaham, South Shields and Roker Piers.

Roker Pier has given up a few pollock to anglers fishing with floats over the pier foundations. Flounders, dabs and coalfish are keeping bottom fishing anglers busy.

Two small smooth hounds have been reported from Roker Pier, although they were only 12in long – it shows that they are continuing to move north.

The Wear is providing good sport with flounders and coalfish, both species being taken over 2lb. Crab is a must for these fish at this time of year.

There are lots of flounders in the Tyne, where ragworm and mackerel are taking as many fish as crab bait.

Travelling anglers have found good sport on the west coast of Scotland. Shore anglers have headed for Auchenlarie and taken smooth hounds, Thornback Rays, bass and tope up to 20lb.

Boat anglers have also found the tope feeding in Luce Bay with fish going up to 45lb.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake had 28 anglers out, with all catching fish. Derek Ross won with a 1lb 8½oz flounder, ahead of Steve Rackshaw’s 15oz flounder, with Paul Hossack and Davy McCready joint third with 13oz flounders.

On Friday night, 12 anglers competed in the Blenny Hill Open. John Lovett triumphed with two fish (58cm). Micky Davison was runner-up with two fish (51cm), with Davie Wood third (36cm, the longest fish)

Sunderland SAC had 12 fishing at the weekend with four weighing in single flounders. Alan Walker won with 1lb, followed by Gary Conlin (14oz), D. Hutchinson and John Robinson (both 12oz).

Ryhope SAC fished their summer league competition at the Tyne Business Park on Sunday.

Zone One was won by Bobby Surtees with 26 fish for 439cm, well ahead of Steve Harriman’s 12 for 252cm and Brian Craig’s eight for 164cm. The longest fish was Lee Burton’s 34cm flounder.

Billy Bell won Zone Two with 20 fish for 374cm. Runner-up Bobby Bland had 15 for 252cm, followed by Alan Burton’s 13 for 243cm. The longest fish was Bland’s 38cm flounder. Daniel Tate took the junior prize with seven fish for 219cm.

On Sunday afternoon, 14 anglers fished a sweepstake at the Glass Centre in the Wear.

Andy Rutherford won with 13 fish for 369cm, from Steve Williams’ seven for 213cm. The pair tied for the longest fish at 45cm.

There are two open competitions this weekend – one for kayak anglers and one for match anglers.

The kayak competition is a two-day competition on Saturday and Sunday (10am-3pm both days). Entry each day is £10 all classes. This is a heaviest single fish competition with one prize for one competitor each day. Registration is from 8am in The Mermaid car park, Links Road, Blyth.

Saturday’s first prize is a Typhoon Angler kayak and Sunday’s is a Wilderness Systems Tardon 120 kayak. Further details from Sam Harris on 0191 5184561.

The Rutherfords/Cono-flex two-day open fishes on Saturday (5-9pm) and Sunday (5.30-9.30pm).

There will be two zones – Copthorne Hotel and the Business Park. There will be a first prize of a Cono-flex Flattie Beach Quiver and second prize of £50 in each zone on each day.

Entry is £30 for both days with 100 per cent payout for the five anglers doing best over the two days. Registration and peg draw will be at the Copthorne Hotel from 4pm.

Minimum hook size is size 4, all baits allowed. More details on the number below.

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake will take place on Tuesday (7-10pm) at Claxheugh Rock.

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