Seaham Pier’s a night-time hotspot for dogfish

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SEAHAM North Pier is continuing to produce dogfish in the hours of darkness, along with thornback rays and even some spotted rays.

Shaun Golightly took a spotted ray on Tuesday night, while Bob Gascoigne caught a thornback ray around the 5lb mark. Meanwhile, other anglers took seven dogfish between them. Most of these fish were taken on frozen sandeel baits, fishing near the end of the pier (between peg numbers six to 13).

Anglers wanting to fish Seaham Pier can do so by joining Seaham Sea Angling Club. The club is open most mornings and the cost is £30 and you will need two passport-sized photos. Included in the membership cost is a key which will give you access to the pier. For more information, contact the club on 0191 581 0321.

South Shields Pier has started to give up some good coalfish on crab bait, with fish up to 2lb being taken.

The best time seems to be the first of the floodtide, fishing the small wall at the end of the pier. There have also been a few plaice on ragworm baits, with the best ones going to around the 1½lb mark.

If the weather stays settled, there may be a good run of these fish. Over low water, there have been a few sized codling up to 2lb, falling to crab bait.

The bottom end of the Tyne, at the Copthorne Hotel and Business Park, has produced lots of flounders, although a lot are on the small size. There are some good numbers being caught. The best baits are small ragworm, frozen black lug and mackerel.

Roker Pier was quiet last week with lots of small coalfish and undersized codling, along with the usual dabs and flounders. The small coalfish are also in the Wear at the Glass Centre promenade and are taking all types of bait – maybe some crab will pick out the odd sized fish.

Flounders are still coming out of the Wear, but not in any big numbers. The best venue has been the Business Park opposite the Post Office building.

Local boat anglers are again struggling to put to sea due to the weather, but, when they have been able to get out, they have only found a few codling up to 3lb. Most of these fish have been taken on squid and worm baits. Hopefully things will pick up soon!

On Saturday, Seaham SAC’s Blenny Hill Open was fished at the River Wear Business Park.

Seventeen anglers competed, with first place going to Mick Davison with 10 fish for 234cm. Jim Dobie was runner-up with eight fish for 195cm, while Jack Clark was third with five fish for 128cm. There was a tie for the longest fish between J. Charlton and D. Stoker, who both took 35cm flounders.

Seaham SAC were out again on Sunday, competing for the Davison Cup, with six of the 39 anglers bringing fish to the scales.

Winner, with a codling of 1.78lb (the heaviest single fish), was David Bond, while Mick Davison took second place with a 0.83lb plaice and S. Stanlick was third with a 0.67lb flounder. Davison and Dean Furness won the pairs prize (0.83lb).

Sunderland SAC had 11 out on Sunday with five weighing in four flounders and a blennie. Stevie and Gary Conlin finished joint first with 1lb 3oz flounders. Don Scott was third with a 1lb 1oz flounder.

Twenty anglers competed in a measure and release sweepstake on the grass banks at the River Tyne Business Park on Sunday afternoon, with all anglers taking fish.

Steve Graham won Zone 1 with 26 fish for 420cm, ahead of Ken McCoy’s 22 for 359cm. Zone 2 was a close call with winner Steve Williams taking 17 fish for 296cm, followed closely by Phil Wright’s 17 for 290cm. The longest fish was Ian Rankin’s 51cm sea trout, on a small bluey bait.

This Sunday, the Maryport and District SAC Spring Open takes place (10am-2pm), fishing Workington Jetty to Maryport South Pier (rover). Entry is £15 (£2 juniors) with cash prizes for the top three heaviest flat fish and a prize for the heaviest round fish. This is a Penn League qualifier match. More information from David Underwood on 01900 605765 or Jeff McAllister on 01900 870624.

Tuesday night sees the return of the Ryhope SAC measure and release heaviest single fish competition (7-10pm). Registration from 6pm.

One for the diary is the North West England Sea Angling Championships at Silloth on June 9 (10am-2pm). There will be 80 pegs and registration on the day will take place at the RAFA Club, Silloth, CA7 4DH. More details from Paul on 01900 605093

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