Pier re-opening’s a timely lift for anglers

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LIKE-MINDED anglers will be delighted with the news that Roker Pier has been re-opened (albeit closed again on the same afternoon due to the weather!).

This mark has been a big miss but should offer some great sport now with resident cod from The Barrier and First Steps and good bags of codling, whiting, dabs and flounder from the Neck End and Round Head.

Anglers fishing the rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have taken some good codling up to 6lb on crab baits.

South Shields Pier and the River Tyne up to Hebburn Marina have produced codling to 3lb in bags of up to eight fish, along with whiting and flounders.

The River Wear has given up the odd codling to 2lb, as well as the usual flounders. Whiting have shown here after dark but will show during daylight if there is plenty of colour in the water.

North of the Tyne, the beaches at Blyth and Whitley Bay have produced bas of codling around 15lb. Lynemouth Beach has also fished very well, with bags of 20lb+ along with a turbot of 4lb 10oz which fell to the rod of Malcolm Charlton.

Anglers travelling even further north, to Arbroath in Scotland ,have found some excellent fishing with bags of 20-plus fish, with most in the 5lb to 6lb bracket and the best around 12lb.

Boat anglers have again struggled to put to sea due to the weather. Local charter boat The Sapphire did manage two half-days of fishing last week, fishing off Noses’ Point at Seaham.

Anglers onboard took 15 codling up to 7lb on the first day and then, on Saturday, during a trip cut short by the weather, they took 10 codling to 7lb.

Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open saw Davie Wood triumph with four fish for the longest bag (118cm), which included the longest fish (43cm). Runner-up Eddie Liddle had two fish (68cm), with Ian Heron taking third place with a single fish (29cm).

Ryhope SAC fished their club competition on Sunday with 50 anglers taking part. Paul Richardson fished the River Tyne to take first place with a mixed bag of codling, whiting and flounder for 2,710g.

Second place went to S. Moore with a single 925g ballan wrasse, which was also the heaviest round fish. Andy Rutherford was third with three whiting and a flounder for 890g from the Rat House Corner.

The heaviest flat fish was a 450g flounder taken by Steve Bland , while Tony Smith (700g) was the junior winner.

Sunday also saw the 65th Annual Shields Open with a tremendous turnout of 281 anglers, with 64 weighing in.

The winner of the £600 first prize, with a 7lb 11oz cod from Marsden, was Lenny Rundle Jnr.

Second place, for the heaviest bag, went to Alan O’Neil with five fish for 8lb 13oz from Hebburn Marina.

The women’s winner was Pauline Ferry with eight fish for 7lb 3oz, while the heaviest flat fish (1lb 11oz) was caught by Trevor Ferry. Pauline and Trevor took the pairs title with 16 fish for 13lb 15oz.

Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match had 24 fishing, with six weighing in.

Paul Wastell took the top prize along with the heaviest fish prize with his 6lb codling from Marsden Beach. Kevan Hall chose the River Tyne for his bag of three codling for 4lb 14oz to take second prize, while third-placed Lee Jackson caught two codling from the same mark for 2lb 13oz.

Further afield, American angler Martha McNabb scooped a whopping $1.2million after landing a 525lb black marlin in the Bisee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament in Mexico, while fellow female angler Linda Williams pocketed a cool $363,675 after landing the biggest blue marlin at 774lb.

Not bad for a day’s fishing – beats going to work!

On Sunday, Sunderland SAC fish their competition (3-7pm) and Ryhope SAC will also be out (1-5pm).

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday sweepstake (7-10pm), takes place as usual next week, with registration at the Village Tavern, but note that The Spiles is out of bounds until the building works are complete.

The prize money in this year’s Sunderland Shore Angling Festival may not be as good as the Marlin Tournament’s, but at £500 for the first prize it’s definitely worth a look.

There is a great prize table, even going down to a Penn 535 mag for 20th place, which will give any angler a chance of a good prize.

The competition takes place on Sunday, November 17 (1-5pm). Entry is £12, of which £2 will be paid out for the top three places.

Junior anglers (under 16 years on the day) can fish free of charge with a fee-paying adult, who must accompany them during the competition.

More details are available from Andy on 0191 5654183 or Geoff on 07772 393196.

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