FINDING his first choice in the Amble Open of Cullernose Point well populated, Chris Stringer walked north to the Black Hole – and it proved a wise decision.
Having the fish in front of him to himself, he landed five cod for 24lb 12oz 12drams, which included the second heaviest fish at 11lb 12oz.
The heaviest fish, a cod of 11lb 11oz, was taken from Howick by Ian Thompson.
Stringer was well ahead of fellow Whitley Bay AC member Tony Anderson, who took six cod for 14lb 3oz 8drams from the Headagee for second place.
It was a magic day for four-year-old Bobby Thompson who, casting for himself at the Burling Carrs, landed seven flounder for 4lb 15oz to win the junior title and a very creditable 23 out of 433.
Pauline Ferry took the ladies’ title with three flounder for 3lb 6oz 8drams.
Michael Newton had a cracking session uptiding with light tackle just off Sunderland aboard “Sapphire.”
Fishing in 30 foot of water with squid filled with lug and crab, he took 15 cod – most in the 5-6lb range, one of 10lb, one of 12lb and a monster and personal best of 28lb. His father Peter took four to 5lb.
In the Northumbria Sea League, Peter Stewart took one of 9lb 11oz and Phil Skinner one of 9lb 10oz as both fished Bog Hall. Stewart, with the heaviest bag of 11lb 3oz, won his club match fished in conjunction.
Keith Walker claimed one of 9lb 5oz from North Row Ends in South Shields’ match which was won by Mark Wilkinson with a bag of whiting for 12lb 13oz.
Peter Smith caight one of 7-11-12 in a bag of 13lb 3oz from Blyth Beach.
Ron Eltringham took one of 6lb 12oz from Bog Hall in Blyth’s match.
Colin Copeland hooked a nice cod of 7lb 8oz from Ryhope Cliffs, Phil Pescod one of 8lb from Hendon Beach.
Kevin Gallagher won Seaham’s Coronation Cup with two codling for 7.99lb, best 4.36lb.
Whiting are showing in good numbers from most piers and rivers. Craig Dalton won St Mary’s match from Hartlepool with 30 for 28lb 3oz.
Paul Richardson triumphed in Ryhope’s match with 20 for 18lb 8oz from the Tyne.
January 27: Dave Jobson Memorial “sweepstake” Match (Penn Points) fish 8-12pm, entry £10 (incl £2 h/f) jnr free (u16) u14 must be with adult, 1st 50% 2nd 30% 3rd 20% h/f 100%, N.B. change of H.Q. reg Sea Horse Pub, Plessey Road, Blyth from 6.30am – 7.15am, weigh in from 12.30pm to 13.30pm Sea Horse Pub, bounds Tyne (Ice House) to Beadnell (Pattersons Garage) exc all rivers, fishing Blyth pier allowed, details Nigel Howitt 07988465416