Roker Pier a hot spot for whiting at all hours

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ROKER Pier continues to fish well for big whiting, with fish up to 2lb being caught.

With plenty of colour in the water, the fish have been feeding just as well in daylight hours as in the dark, although this may change as the water clears.

There have been one or two codling in with the whiting – the best around 3lb – along with dabs and flounders. The whiting have also continued from Rat House Corner and the Glass Centre, although not in the quantities we saw last week.

Further up the Wear, there have been good sized flounders from Claxheugh and the Business Park. Frozen runnydown tipped with mackerel has been the top bait for these fish.

The Tyne is still full of undersized codling taking all manner of baits. Downriver at The Walkway and The Groyne there have been some good whiting and codling to 2½lb.

South Shields Pier has also produced good numbers of whiting, coming from the end of the pier and the post on the flood tide. The heavy ground around The Blocks has given up codling to 5lb, if you don’t mind losing tackle!

Seaham North Pier has fished well for whiting and the end of the pier has given up codling to 4lb. Seaham Hall Beach has once again produced bags of whiting on the bigger tides, with anglers taking bags of up to 20 fish in a night’s fishing. Through the week, Dean Turnbull caught a lovely 7lb cod from Hawthorn.

At this time of year, a lot of Sunderland anglers head up to Northumberland in search of codling and this year they have been enjoying good results, with Cullernose Point and Crastor the best areas, with bags of up to eight fish up to 15lb.

Boat anglers are still enjoying uptiding in the Marsden and Whitburn areas.

Last Friday, Darren Briggs, aboard his boat Samson 2, caught a 23lb 5oz cod on a cocktail bait of rag, lug, bluey and squid during a three-hour uptiding session in only 30ft of water.

Charter boat The Sapphire fished on Sunday evening and took 20 codling between 3lb and 6lb, mostly taken on black lug and squid baits. The majority of the fish were caught after dark.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake suffered due to the strong winds, coupled with Sunderland’s home game, and only 10 anglers competed.

Bobby Surtees fished Seaham Hall Beach to take a 1lb 2oz whiting and first place, closely followed by John Lovett’s 1lb 1oz whiting.

Seaham SAC enjoyed a turnout of 57 anglers for their Kirton Cup match, as 34 anglers brought fish to the scales for a total weight of 105lb.

Winner Paul Westmorland took 13 whiting for 11.65lb, while Rita Clark claimed second place with 10 whiting for 8.65lb. Daley Swan was third with nine whiting for 8.33lb.

The heaviest fish, which came from the North Pier was a 3.12lb codling taken by R. Davison. The pairs event went to Westmorland and Swan with 22 fish for 19.98lb.

Sunderland SAC had 15 members out at the weekend, with six weighing in mainly whiting with a dab and a dogfish.

Alan Walker won with a dogfish, a dab and five whiting for 6lb 15oz, followed by Paul Robinson’s six whiting for 5lb 1oz. Alan Mordey was third with three whiting (2lb 2oz). The heaviest fish was Walker’s 1lb 12oz dogfish.

Eighteen anglers fished a sweepstake at Claxheugh in the Wear on Sunday.

Winner Phil Wright took eight flounders for 255cm, winning him £70, while runner-up Ken McCoy won £50 for seven flounders (210cm), while six flounders (183cm) secured third place for Neil Cutler, who took home £30.

The £30 longest fish prize went to Steve Rackstraw for his 38cm flounder.

Ryhope SAC saw a healthier turnout of 74 anglers for their club competition the same day.

Winner Tommy Tate had four fish (1,585g), as did runner-up Abigail Redpath (1,350g). K. Haley and S. Moore were joint third with four fish each (1,330g).

The heaviest flat fish prize went to G. Smiles for his 765g flounder, with the heaviest round fish a 980g codling caught by D. Mould. The junior winner, again with four fish, was Jake Smith (1,215g).

Cleadon SAC’s Monday night match had 23 fishing, with nine weighing in. Rod Gilmour triumphed with 13 whiting for 12lb 6oz, following closely by Neil Cutler’s 12 whiting for 11lb 2oz, including the heaviest fish, a 1lb 12oz whiting. Billy Lea was third with 10 whiting for 9lb 6oz.

Ryhope SAC will fish their club competition this Sunday (1-5pm). Sunday also sees the John Wylie Open (noon-5pm). Entry fee is £10 all classes for a heaviest single fish competition, with pay-out depending on entry. Optional pairs £2, with £1 heaviest bag and £1 sealed weight.

Boundaries are Hendon Groyne (Groyne excluded) to Saddleback Rock in Hawthorn Hive. Seaham North Pier pegged one to 100. Registration is from 10-11.30am with weigh-in 5.15-6pm, both at Seaham SAC HQ. Details on 0191 5810321

Ryhope SAC will hold their usual sweepstake on Tuesday (7-10pm).

Further ahead, the North East division of the Angling Trust hold the first North East Kayak Angling Championships on June 29-30 (10am-3pm each day, with entry £10).

This will be a heaviest single fish competition. The event HQ will be the Fort House Centre, Links Road, South Beach, Blyth, NE24 3PQ. Further details from Sam Harris on 0191 5184561.

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