Weather woes hitting hapless anglers

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NORTH East anglers are still struggling with the unseasonal weather.

Yet another weekend has come and gone with no boats able to put out to sea. It’s hard to believe that this time last year there were loads of codling being caught on the heavy ground.

Local skipper Bob Spence is hoping to get out this weekend (weather permitting!) on his charter boat Catch 22 – anyone interested in a trip out to sea please contact Bob on 07979 238464.

After a slight break in the weather on Thursday afternoon, one commercial boat did manage to get out and caught more than 20 mackerel four miles offshore.

Shore fishing seems to have reverted back to winter species, with codling up to 3½lb coming from the rock marks at Whitburn and Roker – this leads me to believe that there will be codling on Roker Pier when it opens.

Eight-year-old Joe Russell, who baits and casts for himself, took a personal best codling of 3lb, fishing with his dad Der at the Rat House Corner. It was a catch any angler would be proud of at this time of year.

Despite all the flood water, flounders have still been feeding in the River Wear, along with small codling and even smaller whiting.

The Seaham area has fished poorly with just the odd coalfish and flounder from the pier and beaches.

Heading north, South Shields pier is still giving up codling to 4lb on crab and ragworm baits, along with coalfish, flounders and dabs.

There were two dogfish caught at the Walkway in the Tyne last week – maybe they were lost! Further up the Tyne, there have been plenty of small flounders at the Copthorne Hotel and British Airways car park, keeping match anglers happy.

The beaches in Northumberland have been fishing well for the time of year, with codling up to 5lb. The best mark has been Lynemouth Beach, fishing over high water.

Ryhope Angling Club held their first Tuesday night competition of the summer season last week, with six of 19 competitors weighing in six flatfish and a cod. Gary Conlin’s flatfish (1lb 3oz) won the first prize, followed by Rob Davison’s flatfish (14oz), with Jim Dobie third, thanks to the cod (10½oz), followed closely by Alan Baird’s flatfish (10oz).

Last Sunday, 22 people fished Sunderland Sea Anglers competition. Gary Conlin triumphed with a flounder (1lb 7½oz), followed very closely by runner-up Alan Mordey, who also caught a flounder (1lb 7oz). Third place was taken jointly by Paul Hossack and Henry Antliffe, who both caught 1lb 5½oz flounders.

Seaham Sea Angling Club were also out on Sunday, fishing for the Davison Cup. Thirty six anglers competed, with 17 bringing 24 fish to the scales (15.80lb).

Paul Westmorland took the top prize with a coalfish and a flounder (1.62lb). In second place was Jack Clark with two fish (1.33lb), followed by Dean Ambler in third with one fish (1.07lb).

The pairs event went to Westmorland and Danny Swan with four fish (2.46lb), followed by Jack and Rita Clark with two fish (1.33lb).

Sunday was also the day when Reelsports fished their summer league at the Copthorne Hotel in the River Tyne, with 24 anglers taking part. Shaun Golightly won with 10 fish (178cm), ahead of Colin Bell’s eight (140cm). The longest fish was Brian Ridley’s 37cm flounder.

Monday’s sweepstake at the British Airways car park in the Tyne saw Chris Stringer awarded top rod with 29 fish (505cm). Colin Bell was second with 23 fish (415cm), while Ken McCoy had the longest fish, a 38cm flounder.

Tomorrow night, Seaham Sea Anglers will be fishing their Badger Open (7-11pm). Registration and weigh in at Club HQ. More details on 0191 581 0321.

For travelling anglers, the Maryport and District Sea Anglers Cup Spring Open takes place on Sunday, with fishing from Workington Jetty to Maryport South Pier.

This is a three-hook maximum match and is eligible for Penn Points. Entry is £15 (seniors) and £2 (juniors). There are cash prizes for the top three heaviest flatfish and the top heaviest round fish.

For anglers who like casting, the North East Surfcasting Association is holding a casting event at the Kirkleatham Showground in Redcar on Sunday. Everyone is welcome and, if you want to find out how far you can cast, this is the place to do it!

Ryhope Club’s Tuesday night sweepstake is at the Glass Centre (7-10pm). This is a weigh and release competition, with prizes for the heaviest single fish. This competition is pegged and entry is £5.

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