Sea Angling by Jack Melton

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PLENTY of fish are being taken, both in the boats and on the shoreline.

Codling are quite common for boat anglers fishing the rough ground off the Wear, but the wrecks are only giving up fish to five pounds, generally.

The best marks are off the Tyne and Hartlepool, where fish to double figure weights are being taken.

The best cod at the weekend was caught by Dean Redden on the Tyne boat Rosie Marie and weighed in at 17lb 2oz, but this was put in the shade by a ling of 26lb 6oz taken by Michael Collins on Graham Bell’s boat The Growler. The ling broke his rod in the process.

There were plenty of cod and ling to 19lb and heavier earlier in the week.

There are more codling coming from the inshore rough grounds than from the wrecks off the Wear, but the odd ling is coming from the deeper water.

Chris Hossack fished with four friends out of the Wear in the Sapphire on Saturday, with each angler taking more than 30 fish to 5lb each. Chris and Richie Carr had bags of 50, including the best at 6lb.

Shore anglers are still having good results with coalies topping 2lb from the local piers and there are plenty of mackerel showing.

Plaice are being caught from Shields Pier, with Alan Lenny taking 15 to 2lb from the Walkway when the sea was a bit rough.

Competition anglers have found good results in the rivers, with plenty of flounders and eels showing in the Wear.

Eastenders only had one competition last week. The Sunday event was cancelled due to the traffic problems of the weekend road race, but 30 anglers fished on Wednesday at Claxheugh, with all taking fish.

In a single heaviest fish contest, Dale Short and Phil Wright shared first place with flounders of 1lb 7oz, with Chris Hossack third (1lb 4oz) and Leno Fenech fourth (1lb 3oz). Lee Brown had the heaviest aggregate catch of 14lb, all his fish being around the same weight.

Thursday’s Rutherfords/Conoflex Sweepstake had 23 rods out, with all taking fish including a bass of 42 cms. Jim Dobie had the best catch of 385cm, beating Paul McIntyre (352cm) and Tommy Tate (323cm).

Anglers will hope the weather stays good and the wind stays calm for the competitions arranged for the coming week.

Eastenders SAC fish on Saturday (1-5pm) at the Golden Lion and they have an Open on Sunday at Claxheugh (2-6pm).

Also on Sunday, Seaham SAC fish for the Sulgrave Cup (2-6pm) and Ryhope SAC are out at the Business Park on the Tyne (2-6pm).

Eastenders have a Sweepstake at the Glass Centre on Wednesday (7-10pm), while there is a Rutherfords/Conoflex Sweepstake at the Copthorne Hotel next Saturday night (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 with a full payout (measure and release).