WITH calm conditions over the festive week, pleasure anglers have had little reward for their efforts.
The best catch I know of was taken by Sunderland angler Andy Rutherford, who fished at Seaburn Promenade with big black lugworm to take two nice cod, the biggest at 10lb, the other weighing 6lb.
Most pleasure anglers have been heading for the piers at South Shields, Seaham and Roker where reasonable catches of whiting, coalfish and a few cod can be taken after dark.
Competition anglers have also found the going hard with only a few connecting with decent cod. A single fish of 3.98lb was taken by Gary Pye in the Seaham Boxing Day Open.
Pye took first place with the heaviest fish, the heaviest bag and also emerged victorious in the team event with John Dunnett.
One angler into cod was Chris Hossack, who fished Roker pier in Eastenders’ match, taking first and third places with cod of 5lb and 2lb. Brian Turnbull took a cod of 4lb from the Rat House Corner to take second place. Andy Rutherford was at it again, taking three coalfish, two cod, and a dab for 6-1-0 from Roker Pier to win Sunderland SAA’s match.
Whitburn proved the best venue in Ryhope’s sweepstake, Walter Yardley winning with a cod of 5lb, followed by Paul Riley with one of 3lb.
Marden Rocks, always a decent venue in calm conditions, produced the goods in the Amble sweepstake, C Ogilvy taking two four cod for 8-8-0 and Brian Hurrell taking two for 6-0-0, including the heaviest at 5-2-0.
Even catches in the Tyne estuary have dropped. John Newcombe, fishing the Walkway at South Shields, won Cleadon’s match with three cod for 5-6-0, including the heaviest at 3-5-0. Over on the north side of the Tyne, Kenny Patterson won Tynemouth’s match with two coalfish for 2-5-0. In their next match only Lyndsey Storey, with a coalfish of 12oz, weighed in. In Seaton Sluice’s match fished between Alnmouth and Beadnell, anglers really struggled, Steve Potts winning with two cod for 3-10-0, his best 2-9-0.
The lack of sea has certainly hit catches at Newbiggin, Alan James winning their match with three fish for 3lb, Paul Sample taking the heaviest at 1-8-8.
Micky Heslop travelled to Amble to catch the biggest fish in their Christmas Fayre match, taking a cod of 3-6-8, but it was worthwhile as he won £150 and a Penn 525 reel.
THE government’s consultation paper on Recreational Sea Angling is open to comment until March 31. Representatives of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are also willing to come to club meetings. This is a great opportunity to air your views and failure to do so could intimate a lack of interest. This can be done by accessing DEFRA’s website – www.defra.gov.uk
Tomorrow: Blackhall Navy Club 10th Get Carter Open 9-2pm, 1st h/f £500, 2nd h/f £300, 3rd h/f £200, jnr £50, plus prize table. Foxholes Pipe at Horden to the Heugh Breakwater, (piers excluded). entry £10, jnr free with paying adult, reg Navy Club, 6.30am till 9am. Details John 0191-5182036, Mal 07971-702048.
January 6: Sweepstake 6-9pm Reg Granary Car Park, Amble 4.30pm to 5.15pm, fish Hadston Carrs to Beadnell (patterson Garage) Entry £10, details from Gavin Owen on (07974) 130205 or Barry Tweddle on (01670) 732851.