Sea Angling with Jack Melton

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ANGLERS fishing for the flounders in the local rivers can do no wrong – with double-figure catches very common, plus a few eels.

Decent fish between a pound and a half and two pounds are being taken on all manner of baits.

There are plenty of mackerel and coalies from the piers and the boats are producing cod and ling at well over twenty pounds.

There are a few whiting showing but not in the numbers of recent years. One angler fishing the Walkway at Shields took 15 plaice to two pounds on a night tide.

Boat anglers who have been doing well lately, found a lull at the weekend with just a few cod to six pounds off the Wear, possibly due to the bigger tides.

Shore anglers have had a good week though with plenty of flounders in the Wear and the Tyne and there are a few codling around two pounds from Roker Pier after dark when the mackerel anglers have gone home.

Competition anglers have been very successful over the past week.

The Eastenders Sweepstake of Wednesday night saw 21 entries with all weighing in at the students’ accommodation. Mickie Davison took 10 fish at 294cms with Lee Burton second (11 fish, 281cms), followed by Jim Dobie (274cms) and John Lovett (182cms). The longest fish at 39cms was taken by Phil Wright.

Saturday saw 17 out of 20 members of Eastenders SAC weighing in at the Timber Beach with the name Davie in the top three places!

Davie Mould was the winner with a flounder of 1lb 3oz, second was Davie McCready with one at 1lb 2oz and third place went to Davie Williams for 1lb 1oz. Jimmy Gardiner came fourth with 1lb.

Eastenders ventured further upriver to the Golden Lion on Sunday with a turnout of 20 anglers and 17 weighing in.

There was a two-way tie for first place between Brian Turnbull and Richie Carr, each having a total weight of 3lbs. The heaviest fish at 1lb 10oz was taken by Brian Turnbull, with Ernie Hunter in third place for 2lbs 15 and Paul Howard next with 2lbs 14oz.

The big one at the weekend was the Rutherfords/Cnoflex two-day match with 45 anglers fishing on Saturday and Sunday.

On day one, Andy Rutherford took Zone A with 329cms followed by Mick Westgarth (327cms) and Mike Cross (260cms). Zone B was won by Jim Dobie with 634cms with second place going to Paul McIntyre for 459cms. Steve Potts (393cms) was third.

Sunday saw Colin Duke tops in Zone A for 351cms, ahead of Colin Bell (227cms) and Jim Dobie (211cms). Zone B had the highest catch of the competition with Tommy Tate taking 714cms, ahead of Robbie Cowan (413cms) and Steve Richardson (343cms).

The overall winners were Jim Dobie first and a four-way tie for second to fifth places, with all having seven points.

This was resolved by the total weight taken over the two days, with Robbie Cowan second for 654cms, Paul McIntyre third with 636 points, Nick Westgarth fourth with 589cms and Chris Stringer fifth with 582 points.

The longest fish was a bass of 42cms by Paul McIntyre. Some £2,400 in cash and rod prizes were paid out.

Ryhope SAC had a trip to Silloth, with 35 youngsters taking plenty of fish in horrendous weather on Sunday.

This was a heaviest fish trip, with four of the travellers taking equal sized flounders.

Chelsea Henry, Dominic Mould, Connor Davison and Oliver Redpath had fish of 35 cms. There were plenty of eels, but mostly small.

Sunderland SAA fished on Sunday, with nine out of 20 members taking seven flounders and two coalies.

Steve Rackstraw won with a flattie of 1lb 10oz, followed by Darren Welch (1lb 7oz) and there was a tie between Billy Gamblin and Callum Robinson in third for flounders at 1lb 5oz.

Competitions arranged for the coming week are; Tonight Rutherfords/Conoflex Open, 7.30pm to 10.30pm at the Copthorne Hotel on The Tyne, £10 entry with a 100 per cent payout; Sunday, Eastenders SAC 10am to 2pm at the Glass Centre, minimum sizes 25cms; Wednesday, Eastenders Sweepstake 7-10pm at the Students’ Accommodation.