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Blyth rod beats the cod-awful rough seas.

Byline: By Sam Harris

Blyth rod Davy Maddison beat the rough conditions and was rewarded with an excellent cod of 17lb to prove there are some excellent catches waiting for North East anglers.

Mick Clark of Tynemouth AC was also among the decent-sized fish when he landed a cod of 15lb from West Bay.

Meanwhile, Richie Muir used white worm to take a cod of 10lb 11oz from Blyth Pier, and Ian Harrogate caught a three-fish bag for a total of 10lb 14oz.

Ian's best catch weighed-in at 7lb 6oz and was landed at Hauxley.

However, Cresswell Carrs was a good spot for Davy Dodds who landed a cod of 8lb using ragworm.

Sunderland angler Alan Scott took six cod all weighing 3lb-plus from the Old North Pier and there are reports of one angler taking three cod of 11lb, 15lb and 19lb as Hendon.

Crab was the top bait for Darren Swan who fished Hawthorn Point and landed a cod of 10lb 4oz.

Meanwhile, Jason Kelly landed four cod ( best at 8lb ( on Teesside using lug and whiteworm.

And Dave Elland used mussel to catch a cod of 11lb 2oz from the Slag Wall, North Gare.

Last Tuesday evening, Whitehouse Sands produced cod to 3lb on a variety of baits, with some anglers catching as many as six or seven fish each.

There have also been cod to 2 1/2lb from Amble Pier and, when it has been possible to fish, Lynemouth beach produced cod to 3lb.

Beaches at night have given up whiting and cod but there is a lot of loose weed around clogging up anglers lines.

The E and M Open shore angling competition is being fished on Sunday.

This is a heaviest single fish competition and entry is pounds 6 for all classes, there is an optional team event pounds 2 per team of two plus an optional heaviest bag of pounds 1.

Fishing is noon to 5pm, with registration from 10-11.30am at the Seaham SAC HQ.

Boundaries are from Hendon Groyne to the Saddle Back Rock at Hawthorn.

There are 60 pegged places to be drawn for on Seaham north pier. Further details from (0191) 581 0321.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2007
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