Great Scot – Troon kid's a winner!

Declan Turley of Troon was the winner of the Fladen Junior Open Shore competition held at Blyth and Seaton Sluice beaches on Sunday.

Declan Turley of Troon was the winner of the Fladen Junior Open Shore competition held at Blyth and Seaton Sluice beaches on Sunday.

Declan scooped the jackpot of £500 of Fladen fishing gear ahead of runner-up Michael Connor from Amble and third-placed Andrew Wilson from Alnwick.

Fourth was Jed Charlton from Seaham and fifth was Megan French from Amble. The female winner was Catherine Bowser from Newcastle while the heaviest fish was hooked by Adam Spence.

My thanks go to the angling clubs who helped out, including Blyth, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Amble and Seaham and also to Alan Charlton for help in running the competition.

The exciting news this week is that two Porbeagle sharks of 102lb and one tope were landed by anglers from two Whitby charter boats.

These catches could open up a new market for charter boat skippers, tackle dealers and tourism. The Newbiggin Hall AC are holding an inter-club charity match on Saturday, September 2. Registration is at Tynemouth Pier between 8-9am with fishing 10am-3pm.

Registration fees are adults £5, juniors £2.50. All of the money will go to the Special Care Baby Unit at the Newcastle RVI. Further details from Mick on 07946 639436 or Stu on 07921 251450.

Meanwhile, boat anglers have had mixed sport this week with the best north of Newbiggin.

Stevie Stewart fished from the Amanda Jane and using daylights hooked a cod of 8lb 7oz.

Walter Turnbull fished from another private boat, Charlotte, and caught cod to 12lb.

The Isis, also out of Amble, fished close inshore with Mark Wright from Stanley aboard and took pollock to 6lb using Shakespeare black lures.

Boats also report there are still good shoals of mackerel to the north of Newbiggin.

Further south sport hasn't been so good with only the odd decent fish taken with the majority being cod 2-4lb.

Shore anglers are also having mixed sport. The Warkworth and Amble piers are producing flounders and also a few mackerel but not in big quantity.

Blyth Pier has had a few mackerel and coalfish and there are also Allis Shad being taken - these are very similar to herring except that they have larger scales and black spots down the lateral line. This is a protected species and must be returned to the water.

The North Shields Fish Quay is giving up a few mackerel and undersized coalfish with codling mixed in. Further up the Tyne, some decent flounders have been taken.

From South Shields Pier, mackerel with the odd plaice to 1½oz on crab and rag, while Roker Pier had a few mackerel with some decent coalfish averaging 1-1½lb on crab and rag.

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