THE few anglers who caught the calm conditions last weekend had some decent catches from the boats. Anglers aboard Famous out of Hartlepool took cod to 6lb and good numbers of ling in the 8-12lb bracket topped by a monster of 29lb 8oz, taken by an angler known only as “Hodgey”.
Dave Bolam, took 11 cod to 6lb and Marty Pickford had seven cod to 5lb fishing aboard Volante out of Sunderland.
Considering the conditions and the big tides shore catches have not been as good as I expected. The best venues have been the sheltered marks inside the Wear Estuary and just south of the Wear where anglers have been taking up to a dozen fish, the best around 7lb. Most other marks south of the Tyne have been unfishable, apart from the Target where John Gibson took the top two cod of 3.2lb and 3.1lb in Ryhope’s match.
The lower Tyne itself, however, is still fishing and John Taylor won Cleadon’s match with eight cod for 11-4-0. North of the Tyne, most fish have been around 1-3lb with a few better ones around 6lb.
In the Northumbria Sea League match fished between Blyth pier and the Tyne the 120lb of fish taken was evenly spread with Scott Davison taking six for 11-9-0 from Blyth pier and Steve Shields three for 5-1-0 from Hartley Skeer. Chris Stringer took five for 12-4-0 and Geoff King five for 11-9-0 – a 5lb and a 2lb fish on his last cast – fishing from Whitley Beach while Tony Anderson took three for 8-2-0 from Slatey Gut and Kevin Burns had the heaviest of the match at 5-14-0 from the Haven Rocks.
Chris Stringer fished Tynemouth beach to win Whitley Bay’s match the previous night with six cod for 10-9-0. Dave Hodgson, fishing Newborough beach in Newbiggin’s match, took a bag of 9lb. Dave Todd fished at Hauxley to win Blyth’s match with six cod for 9-6-0, Peter Smith taking the heaviest at 3-4-0 from Cresswell.
Sadly I have been informed Shiremoor AC has folded. At a recent AGM it was decided to donate £2,000-worth of funds to Blyth Volunteer rescue boat and £500 to the Great North Ambulance service.