Winter season fishing gets off to a flier

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This week got off to a promising start for the winter season with good bags of up to 15 whiting being taken from Roker Pier.

Good numbers of whiting also showed in the River Wear with the White Wall, Southwick Prom and the Glass Centre producing fish tempted by lug and mackerel bait.

The White Wall area also delivered codling up to 2 ½ lb, with bags of up to six fish being taken on crab bait.

The ever present flounders in the Wear were taking all manner of bait, but the most successful proved to be frozen runnydown tipped with mackerel.

It’s been a bit of a struggle to find good sized codling, but anglers fishing the rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have taken fish up to 8lb.

Boat anglers had to travel up to five miles out before catching codling to 5lb along with ling and pollock mostly taken on bait, with lug, mussel, squid and mackerel all taking fish.

Local charter boat, The Sapphire, took a party out from Sunderland Scuba Centre on Sunday and they caught codling and ling to 5lb.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake Competition had a turnout of 21 anglers with five weighing in eight cod and one coalfish. Lee Burton took first, second and fourth place with cod of 2lb 10oz, 1lb 15oz and 1lb 12 ½ oz. Third place went to Micky Davison with a 1lb 14oz cod.

An impressive 246 anglers fished this year’s Sunderland Shore Angling Festival with 80 returning fish to the scales.

This was a heaviest single fish competition with the first prize of £500 and £246 in pools money going to Middlesborough angler Rickie Jackman, who fished Marsden to take the winning cod of 3,720g (just short of 8lb).

Sunderland angler Phil Wright followed up his second place in the South Shields open with second in the Sunderland Festival, taking a cod of 2,725g (about 6lb) winning him £300 plus £150 in pools.

A Murphy caught a cod of 2,310g and took third place winning £200 in prize money as well as £90 in pools.

The winner of the Cono-flex Flattie Fanatic Plus was 13-year-old James Martin, with a flounder of 710g.

After that 58 anglers walked away with quality prizes thanks to Cono-flex, Daiwa, Snowbee, Anyfish Anywhere, Kiddy, Pure Fishing, Sakuma and Hardy and Greys.

Eight out of 32 anglers weighed in fish for Cleadon SAC’s competition on bonfire night.

Neil Cutler caught five whiting (3lb 5oz) from South Shields Pier to take first prize. Paul Fenwick’s codling (2lb 4oz) from Marsden Beach secured him second place and the heaviest fish title. Mark Shotton took third with two whiting (2lb) taken from the River Tyne.

H Seaham SAC will hold their AGM on Saturday and all members are asked to attend.

H Ryhope SAC will fish their club competition on Sunday (11 to 4pm).

Also on Sunday, the Seaham Town Council 28th Open Shore Competition takes place (11 to 4pm).

First prize is £500, second £250 and third £150. There is also a prize of £25 each for the winner of the womens, junior and disabled angler categories.

Entry fee is £8 for all classes and there is an optional heaviest bag pool of £1. Boundaries north to Hendon Groyne (excluded) to Saddleback Rock in Hawthorn Hive. North Pier will be pegged one to 100. Registration is 9-10am and weigh in is 4-5pm – both at Seaham Angling Club. More information is available from the club on 0191 5810321.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake next week is 7-10pm, with weigh in at the back of Sea View Club.

H A date for your diary is Saturday, December 29 (10-4pm), which is when Jarrow Alberta SAC will hold the Reg Francis Memorial cash match.

Entry is £5 plus an optional £1 heaviest fish pool with 100 per cent payout.

Registration is at Jarrow Alberta Social Club from 8-9am, the weigh-in will also take place here. Boundaries are Jarrow Riverside Park, River bank at police HQ, Church Bank, The Mesh and Hebburn Marina (including Stone Jetty).

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