Ian Ainsley holds off son’s challenge at Embleton beach

Fifteen-year-old Luke Ainsley took a double shot early in Durham Police’s match at Embleton beach which produced flounder, dab and turbot

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Fifteen-year-old Luke Ainsley took a double shot early in Durham Police’s match at Embleton beach which produced flounder, dab and turbot, announcing his intention to beat his dad.

Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out, Ian winning the match with nine for 129 points, the longest a 30cm turbot, with Luke second with ten for 80pts.

Dad recalls a school report saying “a good effort but must try harder”. I am waiting for 6ft 3in Luke to beat his dad.

Michael Charlesworth took his daughter Demi, 15, and son Cameron, 5, no strangers to fishing, to Roker Pier taking wrasse, coalfish and Pollack, Cameron taking the biggest wrasse.

Andy Copeland and his stepdaughter Alex, 14, had a cracking day at Cresswell,, both taking 22 fish, although Andy relied on a double shot right at the end to save being beaten, mainly dab, Alex taking the best at 1lb 3oz, and flounder.

Seaham North Pier is producing some decent pollock, Mick Davison taking one of 4lb 4 � oz, only to be beaten in their match by Brian Dobson with one of 5.38lb.

Wayne Harriman and his son Adam travelled to St Abbs taking codling, pollock and wrasse, Adam taking the best fish a wrasse of 4.5lb.

BOTAC’s match came from Dunstanburgh, Chris Robson taking eight coalfish, the best 2lb 7oz, two codling, one mackerel and a wrasse for 19lb 2oz, Mick Davis took seven coalfish for 11lb 2oz.

Top bags in Blyth’s match came from Alnmouth, Davy Stansfield taking three dogfish and a codling for 8lb 8oz. Peter Smith (cod) and Keith Smith (wrasse) tied for the heaviest at 4lb 1oz.

Seaton Sluice fished the Aln, Marty Pygall taking ten flounder for 6lb 13oz. Callan Stevens took the longest at 42cm.

Amble’s producing a few codling – Gary Tully took three for 6lb 15.4oz, the best 3lb 3.3oz, to win Newbiggin’s match.

JFK, coping with the wind, has taken good catches, mainly cod and ling into double figures, the skipper’s son Christopher taking ling to 17.5lb and Alan from Walker Taxis a 17.5lb cod.

Rich Roll took his mother Lynda out on his boat Stingray. She took an early lead with cod to 5lb, then they took cod of 14lb 2oz, 11lb 4oz, 10lb 1oz and a ling of 13lb 9oz. Topline out of Sunderland took 25 and 15 ling, Barry Wright taking the best cod at 8lb and ling at 9lb.

Sapphire encountered strong winds on Saturday but still took cod to 5lb, pollock to 4lb,, pouting and mackerel. On Sunday, anglers took 15 codling to 8lb, ten pollock to 6lb, pouting to 2lb.


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