Night to remember as Ranji returns in fine style; SEA SCENE.
BACK in action with a double.
That's Teesside cod ace Ranji Dastidar who returned to action after around four years away from the sport with a 10lb 4oz cod from Port Mulgrave.
He cast 120 yards out in rough seas in a night session and the big cod took his cocktail bait of crab, razor, mussel and black worm.
"I have been busy lately and the sport has been poor, so I have not fished," he said. "But there were big seas and one of the lads suggested we go out. It was so windy I could hardly feel the bite."
He fished from 9.30 at night to around 5am, and was delighted to be back among the big fish, though his latest is small compared to his personal best shore-caught cod, a fish of 16lb 4oz from Skinningrove.
JOHN Nixon won the Redcar N and G heaviest single fish match with a cod of 5lb 12oz caught at Boulby.
Dave Turnbull was runner-up with a codling of 2lb 1oz caught at Cowbar, while Dave Sollett was third with a codling of 1lb 12oz caught at Staithes.
The wind had dropped and the rain had stopped but it had loosened a lot of weed. The begining of the match was troubled with weed but on the turn of the tide it disappeared.
The arrival of the cod boosted the attendance and 18 fished, with six of them weighing in.
A FEW codling showed for the Saltburn club's Ken Hook No 1 Cup, and Dan Redling cashed in to win it with two codling and two rockling for 3lb 15.5oz.
He fished Cowbar to record his second win in successive matches.
Gary Moody also fished Cowbar and caught a codling and a rockling for 2lb 6.5oz and runners-up spot. His codling, at 1lb 13oz, was the biggest fish of the match.
Mick Gray was third with a codling and a rockling from Hummersea. He totalled 1lb 14.5oz. The match was fished over low water in rough seas and five of the six who fished weighed in.
Gary Watson was the unlucky angler. In an earlier session he had caught five codling and a bass of 3lb 8oz from Runswick, but opted for a different area in the match and blanked.