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Pollocks keeping anglers on their toes.

HARD-FIGHTING pollock are once again making the headlines in the fishing world - and there have been plenty of them landed in this region.

Gary Wilson, fishing at Newbiggin, cast out a huge bait for cod and while it was still sinking the bait was taken by a fish that gave him lots of slack line.

Once he retrieved the slack line his rod bent double and, after a terrific scrap he landed a personal best pollock of 8lb 3oz.

Up at Burnmouth, Walter Turnbull, fishing from his boat Charlotte with light tackle, made a number of powerful runs during a 10-minute fight before Paul Conroy could net the fish, which weighed in at 11lb 2oz.

Another trip just off Eyemouth gave Turnbull an odd catch of a 3lb 2oz squid.

Good coalfish have also been taken. Ronnie Head, float fishing off Roker Pier, landed a cracking specimen of 7lb 8oz after a long fight on light tackle.

You have to feel a little sorry for William Stokoe. Being too late for his club's registration, he instead went for a session at Whitburn, where he landed a fine bass of 3lb 8oz - which would have been the heaviest fish in his club match!

Gordon Stuart took some stick in Durham Police's match - fished at the Glass Centre and won by Ian Ainsley with flour flounders and a coalfish for 124pts - as his sevenyear-old son Callum came fourth, with four coalfish for 20pts, while dad failed to land anything.

Some good bags of codling are starting to show from the rock ends. Paul Buddles, fishing at Howick, landed six for 20lb, before breaking his toe and having to pack up.

Unfortunately most cod are still in the 1lb-3lb range, although Ken Middlemiss did land one of 4lb 12oz from Beadnell to win Amble's match. Ian McLauchlin fished Boaties Bay to win Cleadon's match with three codling and a coalfish for 5lb 2oz, tying with Paul Wastell for the heaviest fish at 2lb 4oz.

Danny Swan took the biggest of six cod at 1.74lb weighed in Seaham's Badger Open, while Darren Welsh won Eastenders' sweepstake. Darren Thompson took one of 1-8-0 in his winning bag of 2-2-0 in Horden Mechanics' match.

Even though it has been windy, the small tides have helped the boat anglers, Mark Skinner taking a ling of 16.75lb aboard Sarah JFK, and Morgan Stephenson a cod of 10lb. Catches of up to 60 fish have been made up of mostly ling, quite a few into double figures weight-wise.
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Date:Oct 2, 2009
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