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Halibut catch is a shore record.

IAN Ingleson, of Newcastle, is certainly no stranger to big flatfish, taking some cracking plaice over the years, including one of 4lb 6oz during the Newbiggin Open way back in September 1998.

However, Ian's latest prize flatfish taken from South Shields pier, a halibut of 3lb 9oz, tops all of them.

This is the first record I have of a halibut being taken from the shore along the North East coast, and therefore goes down in my books as a regional record.

Unfortunately, apart from Ian's halibut, South Shields pier has produced only a few small codling, coalfish and the odd flounder and plaice, not many over 1lb.

Two decent flounders, the only fish caught, were taken in East End & Hendon's sweepstake match, Darren Walsh winning with one of 1-6-0 from Southwick promenade, Andy Rutherford taking the other one of 1-4-0 from South Shields Walkway.

In Eastenders' sweepstake at the Business Park, Andy Little took the heaviest bag and longest fish with a single flounder of 38cm, Barry Robson taking one of 35cm.

All Tynemouth Retired Members could account for in their six-hour match was two plaice, Wilf Reed taking one of 15oz, and Dave Bentley one of 11oz. Darren Walsh won their Stephenson Cup match with a flounder of 11oz.

Of the 39 anglers that fished Seaham's match, only Les Barnes' flounder of 0.79lb, taken from Ryhope, and Dean Monarch's plaice of 0.64lb, taken from the Balst, weighed in.

The juniors had a bit better sport with their catch-and-release match with Jack Stoker and Harry Richardson both taking six fish for 0.70kg.

Six Ryhope AC anglers travelled to Silloth and found the sport there slightly better than at home, taking over 100 flounders to 42cm, most caught on crab fished on barbless hooks.

Boat anglers are still finding a few fish all along the coast, Sunderland boats Top Cat and Brenmar Rose taking a dozen cod each to 5lb. Boats fishing the hard ground out of Blyth, Tyne, and Amble are giving their anglers up to half a dozen fish each, the best at around 5lb.

ALAN CHARLTON (0191) 2531949 DIARY DATES WHITLEY BAY AS OPEN SUMMER LEAGUE: Entry all seven matches pounds 10, pounds 5 sweepstake each match.

League Winner pounds 200, h/f pounds 100. All the Sunday matches (Penn Points). Sunday June 14 from noon- 4pm; meet Beadnell, Patterson's Garage; Sunday July 12 from 11am-3pm: meet Newton, Car Park; Sunday July 26, 11am-3pm, meet Beadnell, Paterson's Garage, Sunday August 9 from 10am- 2pm; meet Newton, Car Park, Sunday Aug 16 from 4-8pm: meet Beadnell, Paterson's Garage, Wednesday September 2 from 7.30-11pm: meet WBAS clubhouse, Thursday September 17 from 7- 10.30pm: meet WBAS clubhouse. Contact Mick on 07739585464 or Gary on 07957949557 for details.

Sunday June 14, noon-4pm..
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 1, 2009
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