Sea anglers’ pain is shore anglers’ gain

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The bad weather that stopped anglers putting to sea was good news for shore anglers as it brought the first codling of the season in to feed.

North of the Tyne gave the best results, with the beaches at Blyth and Whitley Bay producing bags of up to five codling to 3½lb.

Sunderland angler Anth Constable fished Blyth West Pier to take five codling up to 6lb on crab bait.

When the sea calmed down, Roker Pier produced mackerel and herring, as well as coalfish, dabs and flounders along with codling to 3lb, most of which came out of the bay.

During the hours of darkness, whiting moved in to feed in massive numbers, with some anglers taking up to 60 fish a session with some over 1lb quite common. (Sunderland City Council has asked us to point out that the end of Roker Pier is still closed until further notice due to the ongoing restoration works.)

The River Wear is still producing flounders in the up-river marks and coalfish at the bottom end.

The Rock Marks at Whitburn and Marsden have started to give up codling, up to 5lb. The Shelf and Wherry at Whitburn and the car park corner at Marsden are well worth a look.

South Shields Pier has seen good bags of mackerel and herring, along with a few good plaice from the 44 mark.

There have still been a few codling from the end of the pier over low water.

Codling and coalfish have been caught in the River Tyne, with the best codling up to 3lb, with anywhere between The Walkway and Hebburn Marina.

When boat anglers were able to put to sea, they found a few fish. Local charter boat Sapphire fished last Wednesday and took cod to 6lb along with small ling and pollock.

Out again on Saturday, anglers on board took ling to 6lb and around 12 codling, with the best at 8lb taken by Mick Newton.

On both trips, hundreds of mackerel were taken. There was a sunfish spotted around six miles offshore by boat anglers.

Boats out of Hartlepool have taken haddock to 4lb, pollock to 8lb and lots of mackerel and whiting.

The Ryhope Tuesday night sweepstake at the Business Park saw 22 anglers competing.

First place went to Dave Wood with a 1lb 2oz flounder. Second was John Lovett, who took a 1lb coalfish.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match was on South Shields Pier. Top rod, with a codling of 1lb 10oz, was Neil Cutler.

Joint second were Stu Foots and Dave Frost, with codling of 1lb 3oz, and the heaviest bag was Foot’s 1lb 15oz.

Seaham Sea Anglers fished their Durham Nighthawk competition in torrential conditions on Saturday night.

Winner Gary Pye fished the south end of the Blast Beach to take the heaviest bag of 11 fish for 9.20lb.

Runner-up was G.Tate with 13 fish for 7.34lb and third was Dean Furness, who took four fish for 6.09lb, including the heaviest single fish – a 2.52lb dogfish. The pairs prize went to Furness and Micky Davison, with 12 fish for 10.31lb.

Fourteen anglers competed in the final Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstake on Monday night.

Zone One was won by Gareth Gardiner with nine fish for 225cm.

The Zone Two winner, Chris Stringer, took seven fish for 179cm.

Sunderland SAC will be out on Sunday (1-5pm).

There’s no Ryhope midweek sweepstake next Tuesday – the competition will start again on September 8, when it returns to the shore.

Registration and weigh in will be at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry is £5, with payout for the heaviest single fish.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout. For details of the venue, please ring Andy on the number below.

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