Boat anglers on right course

Some excellent catches have been landed from boats this week with Sarah JFK skipper Alan Skinner finding excellent sport for his customers.

Some excellent catches have been landed from boats this week with Sarah JFK skipper Alan Skinner finding excellent sport for his customers.

Brian Stuart caught a 21lb ling on daylights baited with mackerel strip, while Davy Collinson landed a ling of 15lb.

Best cod was taken by Jimmy Cassidy and weighed in at 16lb.

Among the catch was a coal fish weighing 10lb which was taken on a blue shad.

A lot of cod up to 3lb were also returned to the water alive.

The Amble boat Warlord also had a good catch with the best fish a cod of 12lb, while another boat from the port, The Solitaire, had ling to 12lb with blue shads again taking the majority of fish.

There have been plenty of mackerel taken all along our coast by local boats.

Sunderland boats have had their best catches two to three miles off Ryhope on the rough ground where cod averaged 5lb.

The Seaham boats are also having good sport with the best a ling of 17lb. The best cod was reeled in by Nick Richardson weighing-in at 12lb.

The South Shields Boat Angling Club fished their fourth competition of the year when fish totalling 184lb were weighed in mainly cod.

Geoff Brown won the Albert Egglesone Cup with a catch of 38lb 1oz, while Ray Parker won the Spence Cup for the heaviest fish - a cod of 6lb 12oz.

Junior member Derek Fleck, fishing his first competition, showed his Dad how to catch cod. Derek caught a bag of 19lb 2oz with the best at 4lb 3oz, while is father reeled in a total of 8lb.

Meanwhile, shore angling has produced mainly mackerel which are being taken in huge numbers from most of the piers at jetties along our coast.

There have been some big fish among them, with the best of 2lb 7½oz taken by Bernie Prest on daylights from Roker Pier.

Anglers also reported herring being caught from the piers.

The British shore-caught record for these fish is 1lb, while the boat record is 1lb 1oz.

If you take a fish anywhere near these weights take it to your local tackle dealer for verification.

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