Suffering from a bad back, Steve Williams decided to use a carp rod rather than a heavy rod normally used for the rough ground at Craster – and probably wished he hadn’t as his rod bait was taken by a very big fish.
After a hectic battle, Williams eventually landed his fish which proved to be a cracking conger eel of 19lb, along with a wrasse,
Williams easily won Whitley Bay’s match with 21lb 4oz and £255 to ease his pain. Phil Gee was second with three fish for 6lb.
BOTAC anglers had good sport at Eyemouth, Chris Robson taking eight coalfish, a cod and a pollock for 12lb 1oz and Dave Hayley taking four cod for 10lb 3oz, the best weighing in at 5lb 9oz.
Karl McLaughlin took two pollock, best 4lb 15oz and two coalfish for 10lb 2oz.
Pleasure anglers have also been taking nice pollock to 5lb from St Abbs, along with decent wrasse and the odd codling.
Paul Buddles fished at Craster to win Amble’s match with nine coalfish and a codling of 2lb 1½oz for 12lb 1½oz.
The Tweed estuary gave Seaton Sluice anglers plump flounder, Martyn Pygall taking ten for 12lb 10oz, the best 45cm.
Plaice of a better stamp, most falling to ragworm, are being taken from South Shields pier.
Bob Patterson bagged two of 40cm and 42cm.
Boat fishing has taken off with those taking to the hard ground reporting good numbers of codling, mostly in the 2-4lb range with the odd better fish to 7lb taken.
Sunderland boat Sapphire took up to 80 fish, Topline’s crew took 16 cod to 6lb, Barry Wright taking the best fish a pollock of 11lb.
Anglers on Amble boat Warlord have been taking up to a dozen each, as have those on Upholder, Tim McVitie taking the best at 8.5lb.
Ten County House anglers on On A Promise out of Berwick had a tremendous day, taking 243 codling to 5lb, with most being returned as has happened on most trips.
Charter boats hitting the wrecks have taken a few better fish, Jimmy Cassidy, on JFK, taking a cod of 14lb and a ling of 12lb.
June 29, 5-9pm & June 30 5.30-9.30pm: Rutherfords cono-flex open. Entry £30, 100% reg Copthorne hotel car park, two zones, zone prizes for each day, overall prize on entry paid to top five – last year’s prize fund £2,250. Details from Andy on 0191 5654183.