Crabs taking good catches

Things are starting to pick up for boat anglers with reasonable catches coming from boats fishing the marks between Blyth and Ryhope.

Things are starting to pick up for boat anglers with reasonable catches coming from boats fishing the marks between Blyth and Ryhope.

Parties fishing out the Tyne on JFK have taken cod to 8-8-0 and ling to 9-8-0 with shads taking quite a few fish. Down at Hartlepool anglers fishing aboard Flamer ll have been taking three or four fish each with the best around 5lb.

Long flowing traces baited with fresh crab have taken most fish on the ground, but it is always worth changing tactics. When very few codling where coming aboard Warlord out of Amble, one angler started spinning off the back of the boat and ended up with a bucketful of good sized coalfish.

Boat anglers have noted that all the fish taken are once again full of pipefish, which are again present in vast shoals along our coastline. If you are having trouble getting a bite, try one as bait, although this might prove difficult because of their size and brittleness.

The river Wear, especially the White Wall at Lambton Drops, is again giving up a few decent codling. Paul Hossack fished Eastenders Sweepstake match winning with one of 3lb 7oz, unlike last week this was not a measure and release match so he Paul could keep his fish. Most matches fished in the Wear are on a measure and release basis with plenty of small fish around it gives anglers plenty of sport.

In the Eastenders Open, Alec Harvey took 27 fish for 584cm, followed by Davie Jones with 22 for 465cm. Ernie Hunter took the longest fish a good sized flounder of 37cm. Some early eels to 1lb are also starting to appear in catches.

Quite a few coalfish are appearing down at Hartlepool from the piers and promenade, Bill Bradley won Hartlepool Pirates match with six for 5-2-0, his best exactly 1lb. With the settled conditions Eyemouth and St Abbs are starting to produce a few decent cod to 5lb, Pollock to 3lb and some good sized coalfish.

Some good sized flounders to over 1lb are being taken from Warkworth, Budle Bay and Embleton beaches. The River Aln is starting to produce some nice flounders Mal McIntyre won Seaton Sluice's match with nine for 292cm.

The Tyne has gone off the boil a bit especially the lower reaches with only a few small codling taken. The upper reaches are giving anglers a few codling to 1lb, a few sizeable flounders, but again getting through the many undersized fish is proving difficult.

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