Kids upstage dad on Tynemouth trip

WHEN Mark Moffat-Hardy takes his two kids Holly and Finn fishing in his boat Naughty Nancy he usually ends up being beaten.

WHEN Mark Moffat-Hardy takes his two kids Holly and Finn fishing in his boat Naughty Nancy he usually ends up being beaten.

Their last trip just off Tynemouth was no exception with Holly, aged 12, taking the best cod at just over 9lb, plus five others around 4lb, and Finn, aged eight, taking one of 6lb and a few around 4lb – and both also taking plenty of mackerel. As for dad he would not say what he caught.

Boat angling in general has been very good with some decent ling being taken from most ports, the best of 26lb taken by an angler fishing aboard Famous out of Hartlepool. The best cod I have heard of was one of 19-2-0 taken aboard the private boat Salamander fishing out of Sunderland. No monsters are coming aboard boats fishing out of the Tyne or Blyth but parties have been taking around 80 fish per trip with cod and ling into double figures.

Graham Slesser won south Shields’ boat club match with a mixed bag of cod, whiting and dabs for 35.74lb fishing aboard Shady. Up at Amble most boats fishing the ground have taken good numbers of cod. Shore angling has also been quite good with some good coalfish coming from the piers, Chris Coxon taking one of 4lb from South Shields pier in Hartlepool Pirates’ match. South Shields pier has also seen some good-sized Pollock.

A few codling showed at Seahouses, Doug Spivey winning Tynemouth’s match there with three for 8-8-0. Anglers reporting catching record-breaking herring while mackerel fishing should be aware these are shad, a protected species and should be returned.

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