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Boat anglers ride crest of a wave; SEA ANGLING.

Byline: Sam Harris

BOAT angling continues to be good with some nice double-figure cod and ling being landed. Hartlepool boats are taking some good catches from the off-shore hard ground.

The "North Star" out of Hartlepool had a good catch with a lot of fish into double-figures, the best a 12lb 10oz cod by Billingham's Chris Warren. Most fish were caught on unbaited jiggers. Jim, the skipper of the "North Star" is on 07711 361493.

Boats fishing inshore on the hard ground are taking cod to 8lb, although average is more like 2lb to 3lb, also coalfish, pouting and, of course mackerel, and there seem to be a lot of Ballan Wrasse around this year, with worm, fish strip and crab all working well.

The Whitley Bay Angling Society hold an Open Summer Shore Competition on Sunday at Newton from 10am to 3pm. Meet one hour before the start at Newton car park.

Entry is PS10 per angler with a 100% payout on the day for the first and second heaviest bag and heaviest fish. For more ring Gary 07957 949557.

The Rutherfords Cono-Flex League continues at the Tyne Business Park on Sunday, 4 -7pm. For more ring Andy 0191 5654183.

Some decent bags of flounders are being taken from the Aln with Amble Pier also seeing decent numbers mainly on worm and fish strip. Craster, Beadnell, Dunstanburgh are giving a few codling - best 5lb (average is 11/2lb to 2lb) with crab top bait. There has also been pollack from these venues. Anglers fishing Lynemouth beach for mackerel have also taken one or two codling, Blyth pier seeing the usual mackerel and anglers, bottom-fishing with bait, have also taken a few codling and coalfish.

South Shields pier has given some nice plaice to 2lb mainly on ragworm.

There have also been odd codling 3lb to 4lb on crab baits with a lot of undersized codling. Roker pier, apart from mackerel, there have been one or two pollack to 4lb mainly on float-fished fish strip, plus codling to 2lb and, at night, small whiting.

In last Sunday's Seaham SAC Treasurer's Cup, Brian Dobson landed a 5.38lb pollack while Micky Davison had one of 4lb 43/4oz. Both fell to mussel baits, fished on the bottom.

Davey Herron took a new club record turbot of 1.22lb. Anyone wanting to fish Seaham North Pier must be a member of Seaham SAC. You can contact them on 0191 5810321.

Final Summer League placings in the Blyth SAC competitions were Peter Smith for the heaviest bag of 17lb 5oz. Second was John Herron with 13lb 9oz. Heaviest single fish joint winners were Peter Smith (cod) and Keith Smith (wrasse), both of 4lb 1oz.

HOWDON AC Six rods fished and one weighed in. Ian Heard with two fish for 3lb 12oz. In their next competition six rods fished and two weighed in. First was Frank Gerrity with two fish for 1lb 12oz. Second was Paul Johnson with two fish for 1lb 8oz.

NEWBIGGIN SAC Some 14 rods fished and nine weighed in a total of 25lb 9oz. First was Gary Tully with three fish from Amble for 6lb 151/4oz. This included the HSF of 3lb 3oz. Second was Billy Foster with three from the Private Beach for 5lb 101/4oz. Third was Gary Young with three from the bottom of the cliffs for 4lb 15oz. The club's next competitions are on Sunday 25 and Wednesday 28.

BLYTH SAC Ten rods fished. First was Davey Stansfield with four fish for 8lb 8oz. Second was Mark Foster with three from Alnmouth for 3lb 13oz. Third was Chris Kell with two fish from Amble for 3lb 12oz. Fourth was Mick Hardy with two fish for 3lb 5oz. This included the HSF of 2lb 9oz.

SEATON SLUICE AC Five rods fished and all weighed in. First was Marty Pygal with 10 fish for 6lb 13oz. Second was Callan Stevens with nine fish for 5lb 7oz. Third was Adam Watts with five fish for 3lb 7oz. The longest fish of 42cms was taken by Callan Stevens. All of the fish were returned alive.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2013
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