Roker Pier coming up trumps for good sized codling

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ROKER Pier has given up some good bags of whiting, along with good codling up to 6lb.

Paul McIntyre took one of 6½lb from Roker Round Head on Friday night in the South Shields Club competition, while young angler Ryan Taylor took a 5lb codling from there on Sunday using mussel and pigs liver for bait.

The Rat House Corner was again one of the top spots last week, with local angler Bobby Bland taking a cod to 12lb from this mark, with help from Darren Colgin, who climbed down onto the rocks to pick up the fish, as it was taken over low water. On the same day, there were good bags of big whiting and codling to 2lb, mostly taken on lugworm baits.

Further up the Wear, anglers have had some great sport with flounders at Claxheugh, with fish up to 1½lb being taken in bags of up to 20 fish – mostly on frozen runnydown and mackerel strip.

South Shields Pier has produced codling to 7½lb, plus whiting, dabs, flounders and coalfish in daylight hours.

The Tyne has seen a poor performance this week, probably due to the water coming down the river that’s being released from Kielder Reservoir.

Boat anglers continue to enjoy good sport with those uptiding fishing doing better than those fishing on the drift.

Local boat The Iris Rose, skippered by Richy Carr, had an excellent day last week, taking 29 codling between 2½lb and 4½lb with the best at 5½lb.

Charter boat The Sapphire also had two good days uptide fishing in the Whitburn area on Friday and Saturday. During the two six-hour sessions, 80 codling were boated, with 20 returned to the water. The average size was 4-5lb, with the best going to 6½lb. Razorfish and black lug were responsible for taking most of the fish.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC Sweepstake had 23 anglers out, with six weighing in seven cod and seven whiting. Paul Riley took first and third places with 7lb 6oz and 3lb 1oz specimens from Marsden. Second place went to Jason Brown (3lb 4oz) from Hendon Prom, while Lee Burton was fourth with 2lb 4oz from the same venue.

The big competition locally over the weekend was “Little Derek’s Fishing for Funds” competition, which had a fantastic turnout of 152 adults and 11 juniors.

The overall winner, with a codling of 5lb 8oz, was Callan Steven, closely followed by Micky Cave’s codling of 5lb 5oz. Third place went to Micky Rich with a codling of 3lb 13oz.

The top junior angler was Connor Ferguson, with a codling of 1lb 10oz, ahead of Callum Bellford’s 1lb 7oz flounder and Austin Scott’s 15oz whiting.

The heaviest flounder fell to the rod of Neil Turner and weighed in at 1lb 12oz.

There was a great friendly atmosphere for the competition and many anglers generously made donations, with well over £3,000 raised. Well done to the organisers and everyone who donated prizes and took part.

Seaham Sea Anglers fished their first competition of the year on Sunday, with 98 anglers competing for the Coronation Cup.

G. Hope fished the North Pier and caught six codling and a whiting for 9.12lb, including the heaviest single fish (a 1.60lb codling) to take the first prize.

Runner up K. McCoy had five fish for 4.44lb, while third place went to P. Mullen with four fish for 3.37lb. Hope also won the pairs event with R. Davison, with nine fish for 11.08lb. McCoy and S. Graham were second with five fish for 4.44lb.

Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night had 27 anglers competing, with eight weighing in fish.

The winner, with two codling for 4lb 4oz (including the heaviest fish at 2lb 7oz) caught from Marsden, was Paul Fenwick. Runner-up Neil Cutler had five whiting for 3lb 15oz from South Shields Pier and Mark Shotton chose the Tyne to take a codling and a whiting for 3lb to take third.

On Sunday, Seaham SAC compete for the Dawe Brothers’ Cup (1-6pm). Ryhope SAC will also be out for their club competition (3-7pm).

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm), with registration at The Village Tavern in Ryhope.

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