Small tides and fine weather mean great sport for Wearside anglers

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The small tides and good weather last week brought great sport for boat anglers.

Hundreds of mackerel, cod up to 16lb, ling up to 20lb and Pollock up to 6lb were caught with the hard ground three to four miles off shore and the wrecks five to seven miles off, all producing good bags of fish.

Charter boat Sapphire enjoyed three good days of fishing with the best ling at 14lb taken by Mick Newton

Angling correspendent Andy Rutherford

Local charter boat, Sapphire, enjoyed three good days of fishing taking up to 60 codling a trip, with the best cod a 12lb fish taken by Ian Dixon, and the best ling at 14lb caught by Mick Newton. Also taken were coalfish up to 3½lb.

Most of these fish were tempted by shads and muppet lures.

The Iris Rose, fishing out of Sunderland, has seen catches of up to 60 codling going to 10lb, and a wolf fish of 9lb 5oz taken by Chris Potts.

Boat fishing out of the area has been just as successful, with the best reported fish a 19lb 10oz cod taken by David Brown aboard the Blueye2. The fish took a red hokkai lure baited with prawn.

Fishing from his private boat seven miles out over a wreck, Tony Kane took a 16lb cod on a pirk baited with fresh mackerel.

The flounders in the River Wear have been hard to find with the bottom end of the river giving the best results.

The mackerel disappeared from Roker Pier at the start of last week, but as the sea flattened off, and the tides picked up, they were back by the weekend in good numbers.

There has also been Pollock up to 3lb, taking lures, float-fished ragworm and mackerel strip.

We’ve also seen the odd codling up to 2lb and even dogfish up

to 1½lb.

The rock marks at Marsden have started to produce a few codling up to 3lb and the odd mackerel – ideal if you want to fish away from the crowded piers.

South Shields Pier fished well for mackerel over the weekend. Local angler Alan Heeley chose to bottom fish at his favourite mark on The Blocks and took a cracking Pollock of 6lb 10oz on crab bait.

The pier has also produced codling up to 3lb and a few good plaice up to 2lb,as well as lots of coalfish (which are mostly undersized).

The River Tyne is still full of small codling with the odd one going to 2lb.

There are plenty of flounders and eels being taken at the top end of the Tyne between Hebburn Marina and the Schooner Pub.

Anglers travelling down to the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coasts have had a great time with the hard-fighting smoothounds, with catches of up to 20 fish a session and the best fish just short of 20lb.

Anglers travelling north have found codling up to 4lb from the rock marks between Amble and Seahouses.

Eyemouth and St Abbs rock marks have produced codling to 4lb along with good Pollock to 7lb.

Eighteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake with six weighing in eight flounder, which were all returned to the water. Paul Hossack pretty much swept the board, taking first (1lb), second (15.5oz) and fourth place (10.75oz). Micky Davison was third (11oz).

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match took place in the Tyne at the Schooner Pub where competitors found plenty of fish. Twenty two anglers took part over two zones.

Zone 1 winner, Andy Rutherford had 25 fish (633cm).

Runner up Chris Stringer caught 23 fish (586cm). Zone 2 winner, Jim Dobie took 19 fish (483cm) and runner up Stu Foots had 13 fish (365cm), including the longest single fish – a 46cm codling.

Seaham SAC fished their Potter Nighthawk competition on Saturday. First with three fish for 2.60lb was John Lovett.

Runner up was Dean Furness, with a 2.01lb dogfish which also took the heaviest fish title.

Third place went to Rita Clark with a single fish of 1.63lb.

Lovett and Furness won the pair’s event with four fish for 4.61lb.

On Sunday, Sunderland SAC fish their competition (3pm to 7pm) and Seaham SAC will be competing for the Sulgrave Trophy (2pm to 7pm). Also taking place on Sunday is the Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstake (3pm to 7pm) at Claxheugh. Registration and peg draw will take place at the venue.

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at the Business Park (7pm to 10pm) on Tuesday.

Entry is £5, registration and peg draw will be at venue.

This is a heaviest fish competition fished on a weigh and release basis. Anglers may win more than one prize.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday. Call Andy on 0191 5654183 for details of venue. Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout. Registration and peg draw at the venue.

After hearing that an angler had been hurt while fishing on Roker Pier – here’s how to stop it happening to you. Mackerel anglers should always make sure that daylite lures are tied on 50lb to 60lb main line and when casting away always use a shockleader of at least 50lb.

A good guide is 10lb line for every ounce of lead e.g. 5oz lead=50lb line.

Also don’t use a rod with broken rings as this will damage your line and cause it to snap.

Always look behind you before casting and be aware of other anglers fishing around you.