What a cracking bag of fish Andy Crow took to win the Bedlington Summer open.
Crow, fishing at Craster, took a bag of fish from this normally cod-rich area consisting of 11 pollock for 20lb 130z, while John Blayney – fishing at Beadnell – took five fish for 14lb 8drams to take second place.
Scott Davison took the heaviest fish – a cod of 6lb 1oz 8drams – with Norma Urwin taking the heaviest flat fish, a turbot of 1lb 4oz.
Eyemouth has also produced some good catches. Steve Harper took 12 cod and a wrasse for a very impressive win in Tynemouth’s match with 23lb 15oz, Paul Foster taking the heaviest – a cod of 4lb 14oz.
Alberta AC fished Burnmouth to Torness and Darren Browne took 11 fish for 15lb 1oz to win the match, Andrew Hodgkinson taking the heaviest, a pollock of 4lb 3oz.
South Shields pier has fished well in the last week for plaice anglers, who have been taking up to a dozen a session, along with codling between 2-5lb.
Robert Lees took six codling from the pier, tying with Mark Robson with three codling, four plaice and a dab in South Shields’ match with 8lb.
Over on Tynemouth pier, Tony Anderson won Tynemouth’s match with six plaice and a gurnard for 7lb 11oz, the best a plaice of 1lb 12oz.
Roker pier is fishing well for mackerel, coalfish, plaice and pollock, with the Wear producing flounder and eel to 2lb. Nicky Robson took five fish, the best 4lb 10oz, to win East End’s match with 9lb 10oz. Shads have also shown in catches and, being protected, they should be returned straight away.
Plenty of fish are being caught in the Tyne. John Stead won the Rutherford’s match with 21 fish for 389cm, the best a flounder of 36cm.
Theresa Hepplewhite had a great day out on JFK taking a personal best ling of 15.5lb and a personal best cod of 12lb, the best of her ten-fish catch. Other trips produced cod to 14lb and ling to 17.5lb.
Private boats have had a few nice fish as well, Arran Stead – on his first-ever trip out on his friend’s boat Blue Note – took a personal best cod of 18lb 8oz just off Sunderland. Graham Bell, fishing off Cowpen Queen, took a personal best ling of 15lb.
Serenity, out of Amble, has had mixed catches for her anglers, consisting of mainly codling and pollock to 5lb, plus coalfish and mackerel.
Serenity is running four-hour weekday reef ‘Dads and Lads’ specials, cost £27 (not each) rods and reels available. For bookings call Grahame on 07930 314030.
September1: An open boat competition, sponsored by Sports & Leisure, fish 8-4pm, w.i. 4p-5.30pm, entry £10, reg Royal Quays or tackle shops in advance. Prizes for heaviest fish in over 20foot and over 20 foot, cash prizes for top three, and special prize for kayaks, open to private and charter boats, details Sam Harris on 0191-5184561 Peter Mantle on 0191-4887421