Peeler crab coming up trumps in the river

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DESPITE last week’s rain, the River Wear is still giving up some good bags of flounders, eels and coalfish.

Claxheugh, the Business Park and Southwick Prom are the best spots, with peeler crab the best bait.

The rain water coming down the Wear is pushing a lot of eels down river and anglers are reminded that eels are now a protected species and should be carefully unhooked and returned to the water as it is now illegal to keep these fish!

Anglers fishing Roker Pier will be hoping for some settled weather to bring the mackerel in to feed and provide some good sport.

There are still flounders, dabs, coalfish and the odd codling up to 3lb coming from the end of the pier. If the conditions stay calm, there should be one or two pollock starting to show on float fished ragworm or mackerel strip baits.

For travelling anglers, codling have started to show at the rock marks at Beadnell and Newton, with fish up to 5lb – the best chance is over low water.

Boat anglers are still having a good time when they get out to sea, with codling up to 7lb and ling up to 8lb along with mackerel and the odd good pollock.

On Sunday, local boat Topliner fished 12 miles off Sunderland and still found the water to be coloured. Even so, they still managed to catch cod and ling up to 8lb on pirks and squid baits.

Sunderland charter boat The Sapphire fished around 11 miles offshore on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday proved to be the best day with anglers taking 25 cod and ling, along with lots of mackerel on shads and squid baited hokkis. The best catch of the day was a 16lb cod.

On Sunday, the boat fished six wrecks, taking cod up to 8lb, ling up to 6lb and a 6lb pollock. To book a trip on The Sapphire please ring Peter on 07854 819924.

Catch 22 also got out on Sunday with Leam Lane Angling Club and had a great day. The seven anglers took 35 cod using mussel and orange shads. Jake Reed caught two cod (7lb and 8lb) for a personal best and beat his dad in the process. Anyone wanting a trip on Catch 22 should call Bob on 07979 238464

Ryhope Sea Anglers Club’s competition last Tuesday saw 33 anglers fishing, with 22 weighing in 40 flatfish. Alan Burton, Bobby Surtees and Paul Richardson tied for first place with 1lb 4oz flatfish, sharing £130. Chris Hossack was fourth with a 1lb 3oz flatfish.

The Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstake the same night saw all 21 anglers catching fish. Chris Stringer won with 14 fish (280cm), followed by Andy Rutherford (216cm) and Steve Gordon (214cm).

On Sunday, Seaham Sea Anglers fished for the Fallowfield Cup, with 18 of 31 anglers weighing in 45 fish (25.36lb) – mostly flounders and plaice.

The cup went to John Barrass with seven fish (4.42lb). Dean Furness was second with five (2.51lb), followed by J. Clark’s five fish (2.39lb) and Jim Dobie’s three (2.21lb).

Barrass and Dean Ambler won the pairs event (4.42lb), beating Furness and R. Davison (4.01lb).

Ryhope Summer League fished at the Copthorne Hotel where 28 anglers competed.

Zone One was won by Bobby Hamilton’s 19 fish (353cm), ahead of Billy Bell (282cm), including the longest fish, a 37cm flounder. Junior Abigail Redpath fished well to take third prize with 13 fish (240cm).

Wayne Harriman triumphed in Zone Two with 16 fish (364cm), from Paul Richardson (296cm). Alan Burton had the longest fish, cracking 44cm flounder.

Sunderland Sea Anglers’ Club had 13 out on Sunday with the majority weighing in coalfish and flounders. Top rod was Ross Carr with a 2lb 5oz coalfish, followed by Gary Conlin’s 1lb 15oz flounder. Micky Fish and John Robinson were joint third with 1lb 8oz flounders.

This weekend (Saturday 3-7pm, Sunday 3.30-7.30pm) sees the Rutherford’s/Cono-flex two-day open take place on the Tyne.

There will be two zones – at the Copthorne Hotel and the British Airways Business Park. This is a measure and release competition with all fish to count (all eels to count as 25cm) and there is a minimum of size 4 hook.

Registration is at the Copthorne Hotel. Entry is £30 for the two days with 100 per cent payout. There will be zone prizes for each day. The winner will receive a Cono-flex Flattie Beach Quiver, the runner-up £50 cash. Last year’s prize fund was £2,400. More information from Andy on 0191 565 4183.

The Reelsports Summer League takes place on Sunday, fishing at The Walkway in the Tyne (3.30-7.30pm), while Whitley Bay have their open summer match at Beadnell (10am-3pm).

Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout for the first and second heaviest bag and heaviest single fish. Registration is at 9am at Pattersons Garage. Boundaries are open and weigh-in closes at 3.30pm.

Ryhope Club’s Tuesday competition will be at the Business Park (7-10pm). All anglers should meet at the post office at 6pm – and will need a fishing stand for this match.

Next Thursday sees the Rutherfords/Cono-flex Tyne Open sweepstake at the Copthorne Hotel (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £5 with optional £5 pool. Both 100 per cent payout.

0191 565 4183