After watching Colin Dawson taking good pollock on light tackle during the Bob White memorial boat competition at Amble, Gary Allan decided to have a go.
Borrowing a spinning rod and reel, he cast his tiny lure out which, after taking a few decent pollock, was taken by something much bigger.
After a few tentative moments the fish was played to and brought over the gunwales of the Bold Columbo and was by far the biggest fish taken, a cracking cod of 13lb 8oz. Last year Allan landed the smallest fish of the event, a dab of 7½oz.
Dawson went on to take the specimen prize with a pollock of 6lb 11oz, Ruth Henderson the ladies section with a cod of 3lb 13¼oz, Cody Armstrong the junior section with a cod of 6lb 7oz. Another cracking cod has been taken. Bobby Maw, fishing out of Sunderland on Topline, took a cod of 21lb.
Peter McFarlane had a dream catch from his kayak just off Cambois, taking five cod, two of which weighed exactly 14lb.
Another kayak angler, Wayne Thompson, fishing off Souter, landed a 12lb cod.
Boats have taken good catches, JFK taking around 50-60 fish with most cod 8- 10lb and ling 9-11lb. An angler called Ray took a ling of 17lb. Michael Fleming took one of 14lb, his son Nathan taking one of 12lb.
Over the weekend, Sapphire took around 100 fish – the best cod going 10lb, the best ling 15lb.
Leam Lane AC fished aboard Catch 22 taking pollock to 6lb, cod to 8lb, and ling to 10lb from wrecks and then good numbers of cod to 5lb from the ground.
The region’s piers have produced nice pollock to float fished launce and jellyworms. Sam Osborne took three, all around 5lb, Paul Scott one of 5lb and John Berwick one of 7lb.
However, good fish have been lost on lift. A drop net is essential to save losing that fish of a lifetime.
South Shields pier has also given some very nice plaice to 3lb, dabs to over 1lb and the odd codling to 4lb.
The latest Whitley Bay league match at Newton saw Steve Williams extend his lead with two fish for 6lb 7oz, Chris Potts taking the heaviest at 5lb 15oz.
Andy Robson, with six fish, and Leon Stewart, with two fish, the best 4lb 15oz, where joint winners in East End’s match on the Northumberland coast with 7lb 4oz. The upper reaches of the Tyne and Wear are giving match anglers plenty of sport with eels and flounders, whereas the open beaches have only produced a few flounder and odd turbot.