Crab and squid just the job for cod

The slack tides at the beginning of the week did not put off junior angler Chris Atkinson.

The slack tides at the beginning of the week did not put off junior angler Chris Atkinson. He fished Rocky Island catching cod, the best of which tipped the scales at 8b 1oz.

Christopher, 14, has already taken cod over 10lb from this mark. He says the secret to his success is a crab and squid cocktail, and the short lob into kelp.

Further up the coast at Seaton Point, Steve Ailen and Paul Buddles caught 22 cod between 1-3lb while testing the new grade of Alnwick shore rigs. These will be available from all grad stockists by the end of the month.

The Tyne Estuary is teeming with small cod, coleys and whiting, with many of the local club matches being won on the Tyne. Steve Elliot won the Cleadon Club match with nine fish for 11lb, including the heaviest fish of the match, a cost 1-15.0.

Micky Jewitt won his Westoe's Sea Angling Club match from the Tyne, taking 11 cod and one coley for 12lb 15oz, while M Todd won the Blyth Sea Angling Club match fished over high water, catching nine cod for 9lb 15oz. Better catches are being taken after dark on worm baits, Alan Pattison landed a nice codling of 4lb from the fish Quay and lost 4lb of lead in the same session.

On the south side of the Tyne, John Taylor landed a good bag of six cod, the heaviest of which (4lb 14oz) won him the Cleadon AC match. The Tyne is also throwing up a few surprise fish, red Mullet and Tub Gurnard have been caught in the estuary over the past week, again on worm baits.

Whiting have started to show on the beaches, no doubt helped by the calm weather at the beginning of the week. By Wednesday there was a small sea running, helping Marty Elliott win Tynemouth's club match with seven cod for 9lb 15oz from Tynemouth Beach.

Whitley Bay and Blyth beaches also fished well, with Kenny Pattison landing cod to 3lb.

Private and charter boats are still hitting plenty of mackerel just offshore. There has also been plenty of cod taken from the hard ground off Cresswell.

Upholder out of Amble, skippered by Dave Boilth landed plenty of cod to 9lb 11oz and ling to 11lb fishing of the offshore wrecks, Daylights and Hokias baited with mackerel worked best.

Out of the Tyne, Shane Henderson has been running evening trips on his catamaran The Abyss. Catches have been mainly cod and ling to 8lbs with the odd pollock to 5lb.

For further details on evening strips contact Shane on 0191 237 7323 or 07939 289149.

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