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Poor weather hampers better catches.

Byline: By Alan Charlton

There has been no great improvement in catches for either boat or shore anglers recently, mainly due to the unsettled weather.

Anglers on private boats fishing close in have been taking up to a dozen reasonable cod with most in the 2-3lb bracket.

The Yellow Buoy, St Mary's Island and marks off Sunderland are giving the better catches, while the better fish to 9lb are falling to anglers fishing off Hare Point at Newbiggin.

Best baits have been ragworm and lugworm with peeler crab taking the bigger fish and mussel proving the best bait when the water is coloured.

Ground marks off Amble are also providing fair sport for anglers using leadheads and firetail yellow worm lures.

Meanwhile, Jim Tate took a nice one of 7.5lb fishing aboard "Upholder" with most anglers taking half a dozen decent sized fish from 2lb upwards, with many more sizeable fish being returned.

Unfortunately, wreck fishing is not what it should be with boats taking up to 30 fish with only a few going anywhere near double figures. Eyemouth has provided the best sport for shore anglers with wrasse and cod.

In Engine Inns first summer league match Laurie Hall took two cod for 7lb, his best 3-10-0, while Darren Clark took two for 5lb. Marty Elliott took two nice wrasse for 6-11-0 in Tynemouth's match at Seahouses ( his best 3-9-0 ( while Andy Weatherspoon took two cod and a coalfish for 5-5-0.

A word of warning, Eyemouth marks can be quite dangerous with a swell running.

A few more decent-sized plaice to nearly 2lb are starting to appear, with Lynemouth Beach, Blyth Pier, South Shields and Roker piers the best venues and ragworm the best bait. Seaham piers and beaches are giving mixed catches of flounders, coalfish, odd bass and codling.

The rivers Wear, Tyne, and to a lesser extent Coquet and Aln are giving a few more flounders with the best ones close to 2lb, with peeler crab now the essential bait and worm and fish baits a close second.

A few mackerel have been reported being taken from South Shields pier and there is an unconfirmed report of a few from Blyth Pier. Boats have also reported a slight increase in the numbers of mackerel although there are still very few being taken.

ALAN CHARLTON (0191) 2531949
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 20, 2006
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