Anthony manages to Eke out a winter win.
WHAT a start Newbiggin angler Anthony Eke is having to the winter series of opens.
After coming second in the Newbiggin a fortnight ago Eke went one better and won the Whitley Bay open last weekend with five codling for 12lb 6oz taken from the Boiler Hole.
Steve Coverdale fished Latch Dyke to take second place with three codling for 10lb 5oz while Michael Atchison fished St Mary's for third place with three codling and a dogfish for 9lb 11oz.
Although there were quite a few codling caught, the biggest was taken by Dave Turnbull from Latch Dyke was only 5lb 6oz.
The Tyne has certainly been the top venue. Robert Lees won South Shields' match with 13 for 14lb 15oz, while G Stobbs took 10 for 12lb 2oz, and Mark Dalglish fished at Smith's docks to win Cleadon's match with eight for 8lb 7oz.
The bigger tides brought the coalfish on to Tynemouth pier. Matthew Robson junior won BOTAC's Sunday league match with nine coalfish and a codling for 9lb 15oz, and Phil Smithson took their retired members match with four coalfish five whiting and two dab for 7lb 1oz.
Most beaches from Amble to Hartlepool, piers and promenades, are also giving coalfish and whiting, are giving anglers up to 10 codling with most around 2lb with the odd better one to 4lb.
The rock ends have given a few better fish, Josh Coe won Newbiggin's match with three for 7lb 11oz taken at Cresswell, Graham Foster took the best at 5lb 2oz from Amble.
James Patterson won Blyth's match with two for 6lb 4oz - the best 4lb 5oz - while Mal McIntyre won Seaton Sluice's match with a codling of 4lb 1oz.
Unfortunately anglers fishing Whitburn and Marsden for the odd cod have found small coalfish troublesome.
The beaches around Newbiggin have also thrown up a few decent bass. Sam Smith had a couple of sessions. On his first using a rag baited spoon he took one of 3lb 14oz, using free lined king rag. The next time, Smith took one of 3lb 4oz - both these hard fighting fish giving a good account of themselves on light tackle.
Boat fishing has been severely restricted by the weather with only a few getting out.
Northeastern Charters had a uptiding session close in off Sunderland, with a small party taking 35 codling to 5lb, while JFK TWO took ling to 10lb and cod to 9lb from the wrecks. Surprisingly even in the unsettled conditions there where still quite a few mackerel taken.
EVENTS October 22: Bedlington Station Northumbria open (Penn Points) fish 9.30-1.130pm 1st PS500 h/r/f 1st & 2nd on entry, ladies PS50 or table prize, jnrs 1st PS30 2nd PS20 3rd PS10, entry PS12 jnrs PS5 reg Bank Hse Club 7-8pm or tackle shops in advance, bounds Tynemouth pier to Craster, piers, rivers & estuaries excl except Blyth pier, details 07888674873 October 22: Seaham Open fish 1-6pm 1st PS1,000, 2nd PS500, 3rd PS350, ladies/jnrs/disabled PS1000, opt s/pool PS1, sealed weight PS2 entry PS10, reg Seaham HQ 21st 10-2pm 22nd 8.30-11pm, details 0191 5813021.
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Anthony Eke with his winning bag in the Whitley Bay Open. Right, Sam Smith with a nice bass taken from a Northumbria beach