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Stuart wins a monster struggle.

The only way to describe Stuart Shields' cod, which won him the South Shields Open is, a lean mean fighting machine. Stuart, of South Shields, was fishing the Black Path when he struck into a fish, which gave him a hectic struggle before he landed the beautifully-coloured long lean cod of 9lb 4drms.

A lot of the top anglers headed for the Tyne where they were quickly into small codling, Jim Dobie, fishing at Jarrow taking no less than 16, taking second place for the heaviest aggregate catch of 19lb.

He was followed by Neil Conway with 13lb 13oz and Bob Gascoigne with 13lb. Helen Lee won the ladies section with 5lb 5oz and Derek McDonald took the junior section with 4-12-14.

A nice cod of 8lb 8oz taken by Rob Nesbitt was needed to win the North-East Rockhoppers charity open, which raised pounds 385 for the Freeman Heart Unit, fished north of the Tyne.

The same night Rod Storey needed a cod of only 2lb 4oz to win the NESA match, which raised pounds 345 for the RNLI, Paul Batey taking the heaviest bag of a cod and five whiting for 5-9-0 from Blyth Beach. Meanwhile, a single codling of 1.71lb taken at the Blast Beach was enough to win George Curry the John Wylie Open. Although the fishing has not been as good as I would have expected after the big seas there have still been some decent bags. Steve Potts had two nice catches winning the Seaton Sluice match with two cod for 7-13-0, the best 6-4-0, and the Shiremoor match with two cod for 7-13-0, the best 6-6-0, all coming from the Middens.

Mick Hardy won Blyth's match from Sugar Sands with four cod for 10-4-0, the best 4-14-0 while Craig Cockfiled from Consett fished Blyth beach taking 10 cod ( seven kept ( the best 2-9-0 .

Mick Brown and Davy Redford fished just south of the Wear, Mick taking 11 to 5lb and Davy eight to 2lb while Shaun Wilson fished the lower Tyne taking nine cod for 9-12-0, the best 2-4-0 to win Cleadon's match, and Gareth Gardiner took a cod of 5-2-0 from the Targets at Ryhope to win East End & Hendon's match.

However it was very disappointing for the anglers fishing the Northumbria Sea League between Tynemouth and Blyth. The biggest bag was P Grey's three fish for 5-1-0 taken from Whitley Pipe including the heaviest a mere 2-12-0.

Seaham Town Council hold their heaviest fish open on November 19, from noon to 5pm with a prize pool of nearly pounds 800. Anyone interested should call 0191 5818034.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2006
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