Piers fit the bill for mackerel and much more

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MACKEREL are still being caught in big numbers from North East piers, with bags of up to 40 fish a session being taken.

Daylight lures have tempted most of these fish, but spinners and floating fishing tactics are still catching them as well. Mackerel have even shown at Rat House Corner, with bags of up to 10 fish caught. Anglers have even reported mackerel bursting on top of the water.

Roker Pier has also given up coalfish, pollock and a few good plaice. During the hours of darkness, there have been codling up to 2lb along with lots of small whiting.

South Shields Pier has also given up coalfish, pollock and plaice up to 2lb. There have also been more codling staring to show, with a lot of fish just of size. On the bigger tides, there have been codling to 3lb plus.

Seaham North Pier has fished well with some good pollock being taken during Seaham SAC’s club competition on Sunday.

Micky Davison must have thought he’d taken the heaviest single fish in the competition with his 4lb 4¾oz pollock, only for it to be bettered by Brian Dobson’s pollock of 5.38lb.

Both these fish were taken bottom fishing with mussel bait.

On the same day, Davie Herron broke the club record for a turbot with his 1.22lb fish. The pier has also fished well during darkness with lesser spotted dogfish and spotted rays taking sandeel baits, along with whiting and codling up to 5lb being caught. Anyone wishing to fish from Seaham North Pier can do so by joining Seaham Sea Angling Club. Call the club HQ on 0191 5810321.

Anglers travelling north are finding some good sport, with the Northumberland coast giving up codling up to 5lb along with wrasse and pollock.

Wayne Harriman and his son, Adam, travelled up to St Abbs and took all three species, with Adam taking the best wrasse at 4½lb.

Boat anglers continue to enjoy good sport on the wrecks and on the hard ground.

Local boat The Topline took 25 cod and 15 ling in a session last week, with the best fish a 9lb ling and a 8lb cod falling to the rod of Barry Wright.

Charter boat The Sapphire struggled with the strong weekend winds but still found fish on Saturday. They took codling to 4½lb, pollock to 4lb, pouting to 1½lb and lots of mackerel.

On Sunday, the wind forced the boat to fish close inshore, in about 15ft of water, but anglers onboard still managed to take 15 codling to 8lb, 10 pollock to 6lb and plenty of good pouting up to 2lb. The best baits proved to be crab, mussel and fresh mackerel strip.

German angler Marco Liebenow is celebrating this week after smashing the world record for the biggest halibut ever caught on rod and line, caught in the seas off Kjollefjord, Norway.

The enormous flat fish tipped the scales at a whopping 37 stone – heavier than an Asian elephant.

Marco, in his 30s, jokingly thought he had hooked into a submarine when the monster halibut took his bait. The fish took 90 minutes to land and had to be towed back to shore, where it was handed to a local fish monger. Wonder how much got for it? it sometimes sells for around £15 per pound!

Twenty six anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with everyone managing to catch fish, mainly coalfish and flounders.

That said, it was hard work as the crabs were well on the feed over this high water match.

Chris Hossack triumphed with a 1lb 2½oz flounder, followed closely by Wayne Harriman’s 1lb 1oz flounder. Paul Smith took third place with a 1lb ½oz flounder, with Barrie Sewell and Mick Davison joint fourth, with a 14oz flounder each.

Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open saw 11 anglers take part.

Top rod was Jim Dobie, whose winning bag of seven fish for 202cm included the longest fish at 34cm. Runner-up Mick Davison had two fish for 55cm, while third-placed Davie Wood also had two fish for 50cm.

Ryhope’s Summer League fished at the Copthorne Hotel in the Tyne on Sunday and had 22 anglers taking part.

Zone One was won by Paul Craig with 20 fish for 303cm, ahead of Bobby Surtees’s 15 for 213cm and Alan Marsh’s five for 110cm. The longest fish was Billy Bell’s 35cm flounder.

Lee Burton won Zone Two with 10 fish for 183cm, beating Tommy Tate’s eight for 143cm and his son Daniel Tate’s eight for 126cm. Terry Mann’s 30cm flounder was the longest fish. The junior winner was Daniel Tate.

Seaham SAC’s Treasurer’s Cup had 46 anglers on Sunday, as 15 weighed in 20 fish for 22lb.

Brian Dobson triumphed with two fish for 6.97lb, followed by Mick Davison (5.93lb) and Davie Herron (1.66lb). The heaviest single fish was Dobson’s 5.38lb pollock. The pairs event was won by Dobson and K. Barrass (6.97lb), pipping Davison and Dean Furness (6.29lb).

This Sunday, Sunderland SAC fish their club competition (3-7pm), the Rutherfords Conoflex League continues at the Tyne Business Park (4-7pm) and the Whitley Bay Summer Open takes place at Newton (10am-3pm). Registration is at the car park, Lower Newton.

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

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