ANGLERS fishing the North East RNLI competition on Sunday raised £150.50 for a great cause.
Entry was £2 (which was donated to the RNLI), plus two pieces of tackle to pull together as prizes for the winner.
There was so much tackle donated that the organisers made up tackle boxes for the top three prizes as well as a junior prize and also raffled two rods.
Thirty seven anglers took part, though only six brought fish to the scales.
David Williams took a 1lb 12oz coalfish for the first prize, ahead of runner-up Graham Scott’s 1lb 9oz codling and Mark Robson’s 1lb 7oz codling in third. The top three fish all came from South Shields Pier.
The heaviest flat fish, a 1lb 2oz flounder, was caught by Alan Neiil. Connor Ferguson took the junior prize. The competition was enjoyed by all and made even better by the leg-pulling and banter – well done to the organisers!
Anglers found codling feeding when there was movement on the water.
Hendon Prom has fished well with the southern-most bay the best spot. Last Thursday, Phil Wright took a bag of 10 codling while Ken McCoy had six fish to 6lb that same day. Lugworm seems to be the best bait for this mark.
Further south, there have been codling up to 3lb from the beaches at Horden and Easington, along with a few whiting – again lugworm is the best bait.
South Shields Pier has continued to produce codling around the 1-1½lb mark, along with some good coalfish, with most of the fish coming out of the bay side. When the sea has been running inshore at the rail end, there have been codling, with one or two going to 2½lb.
The Walkway and The Groyne, at the mouth of the Tyne, have also fished well, with bags of up to eight codling (sized), along with plenty undersized specimens. There have also been dabs, flounders and coalfish here.
Heading north, marks at Whitley Bay and around St Mary’s Lighthouse and Blyth Beach have all produce fish, with the best codling around 4½lb. Craster, Sugar Sands and Howick have all produced fish up to 6lb.
Boat anglers struggled to put to sea with the weather last week, but when they did get out some quality fish were about.
Sunderland anglers Norbert Schroeder and Michael Newton, aboard local charter boat The Sapphire, caught ling to 14lb. Other fish caught included cod to 10lb, pollock to 5lb, plenty of good-sized pouting and a few mackerel, caught using a mixture of mackerel, lug, rag and razorfish.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC Sweepstake had 22 entrants, with 10 weighing in 16 cod, two whiting and a flounder.
The top three fish were cod and all come from the Marsden area, winning £50, £30 and £20 respectively.
Chris Hossack won with 2lb 5oz, followed by Andy Rutherford (1lb 13½oz) and Paul Hossack (1lb 12½oz).
That same night, Richie Carr fished The Walkway and, in three hours, took seven cod of size and plenty undersized.
Jim Dobie won Friday night’s Blenny Hill Open, taking three fish for 79cm. Runner-up Paul Edwards had two fish for 55cm, while third-placed Jack Clark’s single fish for 35cm also took the longest fish title.
The Open Boat Competition, due to take place last Sunday, was cancelled yet again due to the weather and will most likely happen sometime next year.
Monday night’s Cleadon Club SAC saw 28 fishing with five weighing in. Steve Taarland won with four codling (6lb 4oz) caught from Tynemouth, while runner-up Neil Cutler chose The Walkway to catch his three codling (4lb 1oz), which included the heaviest fish (1lb 14oz). Mark Shotton was third with two codling from the Tyne (2lb 8oz).
This Sunday, Sunderland SAC fish their competition (1-5pm), Seaham SAC compete for the Dillon Trophy (1-6pm) and Ryhope SAC fish their club competition (3-7pm).
Also on Sunday, the Bedlington Station Northumbria Open, with a £500 first prize, takes place (9am-1pm). This is a heaviest round fish competition. Boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Craster South Pier (excluding piers, rivers and estuaries – although fishing on Blyth Pier is allowed). Entry is £12 all in, juniors £6.
Tickets are available in advance from local tackle shops or on the day from competition HQ, Newbiggin Bank House Club (7-8am).
Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration at the Village Tavern at 5.45pm.