Simple for Simon as 5lb cod seals £1,000 Seaham Open prize

Danny Moeskops with Lew Marsden's monster common skate
Danny Moeskops with Lew Marsden's monster common skate
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The Seaham Open saw a turnout of 313 anglers, with 52 bringing 119 fish to the scales for a total weight of 174lb.

All the top places went to fish caught from the North Pier and a lot of the codling taken were by anglers fishing very close in to the pier foundations.

The first three places all went to codling. The winner was Simon Parker, who went home £1,000 richer thanks to his 4.96lb fish.

Matty Swan was runner-up with a 4.67lb fish and third place went to Andy Robson for a fish of 3.82lb.

The heaviest catch pool was won by Darren Swan with seven fish for 10.48lb.

The junior winner was Edward Davies with 0.75lb. Rita Clark won the ladies’ title with a codling of 2.05lb and the disabled winner was Mick McNally, with a 1.43lb codling.

The bad luck story of the day went to competition organiser George Hope, who lost a pollock estimated at 6lb.

Just as we thought the mackerel had disappeared for this year, a few have been taken by anglers on Roker Pier.

The pier has also given up pollock taken by anglers using float fishing tactics with ragworm baits.

There have also been good numbers of whiting taken in the dark and, although most have been small in size, there have certainly been plenty of them.

The best bait for whiting has been lugworm tipped with mackerel strip.

The top end of the River Wear, between the Timber Beach and Claxheugh, has produced flounders up to 1½lb, with crab and frozen runnidown tipped with mackerel the best bait.

Further downriver, there have been codling up to 4lb, taken from The White Wall up to The Tins, with crab the top bait.

The Rock Marks at Marsden have again seen codling up to 5lb taken on crab, mussel and razorfish baits, with anywhere between the north arm of Frenchman’s Bay to The Black Path worth a look.

South Shields Pier has also seen one or two mackerel and pollock, along with some good sized coalfish.

There have been codling up to 3lb from the pier end, The Blocks and from The Post, casting into the bay.

The Groyne, at the mouth of the Tyne, has produced codling up to 2lb, with bags of up to six fish taken.

Further up the Tyne, there have been some good bags of codling.

With the lack of rain, the fish seem to be moving further up river.

The best areas have been up-river of Hebburn Marina, even as far as the Copthorne Hotel.

Boat anglers have struggled with the weather again this week.

Charter boat Sapphire did have a trip out fishing a mile off Souter Point and found fish, taking 30 codling between 3½lb and 8lb, mostly taken on cart and squid baits.

Eight out of 37 anglers weighed in nine cod, three coalfish and two whiting in last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake.

The top four prizes all went to cod, with Paul Riley taking first (3lb 6oz) and third (3lb).

Alan Walker came in second (3lb 2oz) and Chris Hossack was fourth (2lb 12oz).

Eighteen anglers competed in last Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition, with the top three fish all coming from Shields Pier.

The winner, with 2lb 12oz, was Robin Greenhow, followed by Alan Heeley’s 2lb 3oz. Third place went to George Crawford with 1lb 10oz.

Twenty six anglers fished Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match in flat conditions, with six returning fish to the scales.

First place was a tie between Paul Wastell, with two fish, and Tommy Tate, with five fish (6lb 8oz).

Then came Gareth Gardiner with four fish (6lb 5oz), followed by Neil Cutler with two (5lb 12oz) including the heaviest fish – a 4lb 8oz pollock.

On his annual trip to the Isle of Lewis to fish for common skate, 80-year-old Lew Marsden hooked a monster weighing 232lb.

Lew needed help from fellow angler Danny Moeskops to land the fish, which was returned to the water to fight another day.

On Sunday, Sunderland SAC will hold their club competition (3-7pm), as will Ryhope SAC (2-6pm).

Also taking place on Sunday is the Bedlington Station Open (9.30am-1.30pm). First prize is £500 and there is a prize table. Entry is £12 all in, juniors £6.

Competitors can register at local tackle shops or on the day at Bank House Club in Newbiggin (7-8.30am). No edible crab is allowed.

Ryhope’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). 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 entry call Andy on the number below.

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