Whitting a welcome sight for anglers among the winds

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ANGLERS trying their luck between the gale force winds last week found some good sport with codling and whiting.

The whiting turned up in good numbers on Roker Pier, with bags of up to 20 fish caught.

Sadly, they seemed to vanish as quickly as they came.

The Rat House Corner saw good numbers of whiting, along with a few codling up to 4½lb. As long as there is plenty of colour in the water, the whiting should stay in the river.

Hendon Prom has seen codling and a few whiting, with the south end of the prom giving best results on lugworm and runnydown baits.

The best reported fish was taken last Sunday – a 9lb cod, by George McClurgh.

The River Wear is still producing flounders up to 1lb 6oz, with the best areas being between Claxheugh and Timber Beach.

The rock marks at Marsden fished well last week with bags of up to seven fish, with the best just over 6lb.

The best areas were between Camel’s Island and Frenchman’s Point, with fish falling to lug, crab and cart baits or a cocktail of all three. Alan Robinson took seven for 28lb, the best being 8lb 10oz.

South Shields Pier has also seen a lot of whiting, mostly coming in the hours of darkness, along with codling up to 3lb. The end of the pier has been the best area for whiting, with The Blocks the best for codling.

The River Tyne continues to produce codling with most in the 1½lb-2lb bracket, with the odd better fish around 4lb. International Paints, Jarrow Riverside Park or anywhere inbetween is worth a look.

Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake last Tuesday had 27 anglers taking part, with 18 weighing in 23 codling.

Andy Rutherford took first place, with 6lb 2oz, and third place, with 3lb 12oz, from Marsden. Runner-up Derek Ross had 4lb 12oz from Rat House Corner and Chris Hossack secured fourth place with 3lb 11oz from Marsden.

Seaham SAC fished their Badger Open on Friday night, with 17 anglers bringing 26 fish to the scales.

First place went to Mick Davison with a codling of 4.95lb, closely followed by Gary Pye with 4.90lb, then Danny Swan in third with 3.40lb. The heaviest bag went to Pye with 17 fish for 20.98lb.

Ten out of 31 anglers brought fish to the scales in Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match.

The winner, with three fish for 12lb 10oz, including the heaviest single fish at 6lb 14oz, was T. Wood.

Runner-up D. Hall had four fish for 11lb 3oz, while third-placed L. Jackson had three fish for 9lb 11oz, including the second heaviest fish of 5lb 9oz. All top three bags came from Whitburn.

Sunderland SAC will fish their club competition on Sunday (3-7pm), as will Ryhope SAC (noon-4pm). Seaham SAC will compete for the Dawe Brothers Cup (2-7pm).

Sunday also sees the Amble Open (9.30am-2.30pm). Boundaries are from Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses. Entry is £12. Registration is on the day (from 7.30am) at Radcliffe Club.

First prize is £400, second is £300 and third is £150. There is also a prize of £250 for the heaviest single fish, with £150 and £100 for the second and third heaviest fish.

Flatfish must be presented in a bucket of water and edible crab bait in any form is banned. More details are available from Craig on 01665 604577 or Tony on 01665 602034.

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake will take place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh-in at Ryhope Community Centre.

Due to budget cuts and the subsequent withdrawal of sponsorship, the long-standing Seaham Town Council competition will no longer take place. It was scheduled for December 20, later this year.

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