Doug’s know-how pays off at St Abbs

A WEALTH of angling knowledge helped Doug Spivey when he fished Tynemouth’s match.

A WEALTH of angling knowledge helped Doug Spivey when he fished Tynemouth’s match.

Trying out St Abbs for the first time in a long and successful career, Doug took four cod, two wrasse and a mackerel for 13lb 11oz to win the match, well ahead of Marty Elliott who took a cod and a wrasse, the heaviest fish at 3-6-0, for 6lb 6oz.

A few cod turned up in the Tyne during the Eastenders Open, Colin Smith taking one of 3-14-0, Joe Archer one of 3-12-0 and Paul Riley one of 2-13-0.

The rivers are also producing good catches of flounders and eels to well over 1lb, with a few over 2lb.

Piers are still producing good numbers of mackerel when the sea is calm with the added bonus of a decent pollock or the odd codling to spinners, with Roker pier producing good catches of whiting after dark.

The new breakwater at Newbiggin looks as if it is going to be quite a good mark. Already good catches of plaice, mackerel and a few dogfish have been taken over the last week, and it will be interesting to see how the deep water channel fishes during the winter with a sea running. Along with mackerel, pollock and coalfish have been taken from Dunstanburgh off spinners, plus a few decent codling to 3lb on crab baits.

Kayak angling is certainly taking off in the North East. Three anglers fishing just off South Shields pier had good sport for pollock, David Donstan taking the best at 5lb.

Tim Swaddle-Scott, of Fraser’s Angling, fished just behind the weed beds off Whitley Bay taking plenty of cod to 4lb, most returned.

Angling from charter and private boats has been steady with cod and ling. The best ling of 16lb has been taken aboard Sarah JFK. Jason Bainbridge took the heaviest fish, a ling of 10-8-0 from Swordfish, in the Wear Boating AC match.

The rough ground out of Amble has produced reasonable catches, including Derek Quinn’s ling of 13lb. Private boats fishing around Coquet Island have taken 30-40 fish to 8lb.

THERE still seems to be some confusion about identifying shad. Some anglers even think they have caught a bass. For an ID chart visit the North East Sea Angling website


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