Event opening up

The Whitley Bay AS are holding their annual evening open shore competition on Saturday.

The Whitley Bay AS are holding their annual evening open shore competition on Saturday.

The registration for the event is at the Whitley Bay HQ, which is next to the mini golf course building on Whitley Bay seafront, from 4pm-5.30pm. Fishing is from 6pm to 11.30pm.

Entry for seniors is £10, which includes the heaviest single fish and super pool, juniors £3.

The boundaries are from Blyth west pier inclusive to the Ice House, North Shields.

First prize is £300 plus a Grays beach caster rod. More details from Michael on (0191) 262 5266.

The are lots of mainly undersized codling around at the moment with a variety of baits taking fish.

There is still a few mackerel coming in from piers in the area and there has been the odd cod to 3lb from North Shields fish quay.

One or two unusual fish have been taken over the last few days.

Tim Swaddle Scott caught a tub gurnard from North Shields fish quay on lugworm. The fish, which weighed just over 1lb, was returned to the water alive.

Then on Roker Pier, G Dunningham, using ragworm, took a red mullet of 11½oz.

The fish was weighed and verified at Rutherfords Tackle, Sunderland.

Also from Roker Pier, there has been a garfish of 1½lb, a tadpole fish of over 1lb and an octopus caught during a competition.

Fish of the week was a cod of 8lb 1oz taken by 14-year-old Chris Atkinson using crab and squid at Rocky Island.

The boats have been rather patchy although the South Shields Boats Angling Club had a decent weigh-in in their last competition, with 184lb of fish.

Winner of the Tyne Bowl was Geoff Brown with 29lb 12oz. His son Stephen was second (24lb 2oz), and third was John Balai with 23lb 13oz, which included the hsf - a ling of 20lb.

The most recent winner of the Royal Quays Marina series of contests was Bob Mennie with a 20lb ling. Second was Terry Senior with a 10lb halibut - both fishing from the boat White Diamond.

Ian Meers, new owner of John's Tackle, Wallsend, which is now to be known at Wallsend Tackle Centre, fished a lower Tyne jetty, and lost a pollock estimated at 12lb while trying to lift the fish.

Unfortunately, Ian had left his drop net at home.

The Whitley Bay AS club competition winner was Chris Stringer with 6lb, while the runner-up was Peter Mooney with 2lb 5oz. Both from the Ice House on crag and rag.

Amble SAC juniors winner was Callum French with 4lb 4¼oz, which included the hsf of 1lb 2½oz.

Second was L Henderson with 2lb 3¼oz. The winner of the senior match was C Taylor.

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