Roker Pier sees early appearances of plaice and codling

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Sea Angling

by Andy Rutherford

PLAICE weighing up to 1lb have been making an early appearance around Roker Pier this week.

Not usually around until May, they have been taking ragworm, with the mild weather possibly confusing them.

Local angler Jason Brown took three codling in as many casts from the end of Roker Pier on Monday, using lugworm bait.

There have also been some good bags of whiting, as well as a few dabs and coalfish showing, although the numbers of whiting declined as the week went on.

The River Wear has given up some good flounders taken on runnydown and mackerel baits, with the Business Park and Claxheugh being the best areas.

However, anglers are being asked to carefully return flounders to the water, as they will be getting ready to go out to sea to spawn.

The River Tyne has seen one or two codling up to 2½lb, along with whiting and good coalfish up to 2lb.

The best marks have been Hebburn Marina and Police HQ.

There have also been some good flounders coming out at the Copthorne Hotel and British Airways Business Park.

Further south, Seaham North Pier has given up whiting up to 1½lb as well as the odd codling up to 2½lb.

The south end of the Blast Beach has also been fishing for whiting.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope competition had nine anglers competing, with five of them weighing in six whiting.

The first two places went to Craig Smiles (1lb 6oz and 1lb 3oz) caught on his last cast on Roker Pier, while Terry Mann took third and fourth place (both 12½oz), again caught on Roker Pier.

Saturday’s Eastenders match had a turnout of 11 anglers, with only three weighing in.

First place was taken by Billy Jackson (240g), followed by Ernie Hunter (230g). The junior winner was Jayden Sopp (220g).

Sixty one anglers fished last week’s Dave Jobson Memorial Cup, with 16 weighing in 39 fish (40lb 10oz, two grams).

Top prize went to Chris Guthrie’s six flounders (5lb 8oz, two grams), followed by Peter Smith’s four flounders (5lb 4oz, six grams).

Ian Hall took third and the heaviest fish prize for his cod (4lb 10oz, four grams).

The junior title went to Craig Lathbury for four flounders (2lb 14oz, four grams).

On Sunday, Seaham Sea Anglers fished for the Lawson Cup.

Fifty six competed, with 31 weighing in 106 fish (79.55lb).

Top rod was Danny Swan with 17 fish (14.83lb). Paul Westmoorland was runner up with 11 fish (6.59lb), with Dean Monarch in third with six fish (5.82lb).

Swan took the heaviest single fish title with a codling (2.77lb) and he made it a clean sweep, taking the pairs title alongside Westmoorland with an impressive 28 fish (21.42lb).

Runner-up in the pairs was Monarch with Andy Clegg, who caught 13 fish (10.21lb).

Sunday also saw the Ryhope Sea Anglers’ Club competition, with 71 anglers taking part, most of whom headed for the River Tyne.

Darren Donnelly managed to find the most fish, catching six (1,735g) to win the competition.

Billy Bell was a close second (1,625g), followed by Kelvin Martin in third (1,325g).

The heaviest flat fish was a cracking flounder (770g or 1lb 11oz in old money) which fell to the rod of John Robson.

The heaviest round fish went to junior angler Thomas Rutherford with a coalfish (800g). Rutherford also took the junior winner title with two coalfish (1,275g).

Sunderland Sea Anglers’ Club had 17 fishing their competition on Sunday, with eight weighing in.

Top spot was taken by Robbie Feenan with three coalfish and one whiting (3lb 6oz).

Steve Rackstraw was runner-up with two flounders (2lb 1oz), with Darren Welsh bringing up the rear with two flounders (1lb 6oz). The heaviest single fish was a flounder (1lb 5oz) caught by Micky Fish.

Monday night saw the last match of the season for Cleadon Club with a pleasing turnout of 29, though only four weighed in.

First place went to Paul Wastell’s codling and coalfish (4lb, 4oz), followed by Mark Shotton’s two coalfish (1lb 14oz) in second.

Stevie Gordon took third with three fish (1lb 12oz), with the fourth and final place going to Paul Harrison’s whiting (10oz).

The heaviest fish was Paul Wastell’s codling (3lb 9oz) codling.

Cleadon’s club winner this year was Stevie Gordon’s bag (166lb, 9 oz), with second place going to Mark Shotton’s bag (139lb, 4oz).

Forthcoming fixtures include this weekend’s European Open Beach Championship on Saturday and Sunday at Bridlington, with an anticipated prize fund of £25,000.

There will also be a measure and release flattie match tomorrow.

For further information call Paul Roggeman on 01482 391668 or visit

Seaham Sea Anglers’ will compete for the Clifford Plate on Sunday (11am-4pm).

And finally, there is Ryhope Club’s Tuesday night competition (7pm-10pm).

Registration and weigh-in (by 10.45pm) at the back of Sea View Club. This is a heaviest single fish competition, with anglers able to win more than one prize.

* Anglers from the British Sea Anglers (BSA) raised £171 for the RNLI through donating £1 from competition entrance fees.

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