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Record-breaker Jack is all smiles.


ELEVEN-year-old Jack Robinson landed a new club record pollock during Longbenton and Seaton Burn's match on Tynemouth pier.

The pollock, one of the best fighting fish in the sea, which took a couple of small pieces of rag worm, took Jack all over the place before the fish was safely landed and weighed in at 6lb 12oz.

The fish, which any seasoned angler would be proud of and one of the top half dozen pollock I have recorded for the area, also earned Jack the club's prestigious Gold award, and naturally first place in the junior section.

The seniors fished for their Paul Nathan Memorial Trophy, which was won by Chris Barrass with three fish for 3lb 9oz.

Only a few days before Arran Stead took a pollock of 4lb 6oz from the Tyne estuary. In Tynemouth's retired members match from the pier Tony Anderson took six whiting for 12lb 8oz, best 1lb 11oz.

In the calm conditions most anglers in the Tyne have been fishing for whiting and the odd codling. However, George Patterson got a surprise fishing Hebburn Marina when he landed a cod of 11lb 10oz.

Mark Shotton won Cleadon's match with four codling for 8lb 8oz from the Tyne, taking the Anthony Jackson trophy with his heaviest of 2lb 12oz.

Roker pier has given anglers bags of up to 25 whiting to well over 1lb, with a few codling and dogfish. As well as whiting, Seaham North pier has produced a few decent cod in the 5-6lb range with the best going 7lb 4oz, Dean Turnbull taking three to 7lb.

Very few codling have come from the open shore. One of note was Mark Ruff's personal best of 6lb 7oz taken from the Kings Arms.

In the calm conditions club matches along the open shore have been won with a few small codling or flounder for a few pound. Boat catches, however, have been quite good. In flat calm conditions 20 kayakers met at Whitley Bay for their Christmas competition, Tim Anslow winning with a cod of 5.71lb.

A small party out on Sarah JFK took around 15 fish with cod to 9lb and a surprise ling of 14lb, squid producing most of the fish.

Uptiding tactics again proved productive for anglers aboard Sapphire. Chris Hossack and Ritchie Carr took the bulk of the 30 fish to 6lb taken, with quite a few smaller fish being returned, and crab and runnydown proving the best baits.

ALAN CHARLTON (0191) 2531949


FANTASTIC Jack Robinson with his new club record pollock of 6lb 12oz
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2013
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