WHAT a day it was for five-year-old Amelia Urwin from Crawcrook.
Fishing in her first competition, the Amble Olympic Torch Open, Amelia landed two plump flounder on her first cast for 2lb 3oz to win the junior title and the heaviest flatfish category with her best of 1lb 6oz.
The overall winner, Chris France from Whitby, fished at Beadnell to land a codling of 4lb 11oz 8drams.
On a day when flounder were scarce, surprisingly there were quite a few codling taken – Andy Grief of Jarrow taking the heaviest bag section with two taken from Newton for 6lb 3oz 12drams. Steve Williams, fishing with him, was third with two cod for 5lb 13oz 8drams. Elaine Scott of Amble AC won the ladies section with two flounder for 1lb 10oz 8drams.
On a day when Sunderland boat Sapphire hit the cod, with 40 out of 60 fish going 10-14lb, Marc Vickery was chuffed when he landed a personal best of 10.5lb, only to smash that not long after with a monster of 18.5lb.
Tony Mason, fishing off Norman White’s boat Slinky Kate off the Tyne, took a personal best of 18.5lb (17lb when cleaned) to take the lead in the Royal Quays seasonal competition, White weighing in with one of 12.5lb, in a catch of 16 fish. When anglers on JFK midweek found the fish, they certainly had aching arms taking over 100 fish, mainly cod in the 6-7lb range with two cracking cod – one of 19lb for Keith Rider and one of 18lb for Davy Dinning.
At Hartlepool, anglers on TJ Gannett had a hectic spell on one wreck, taking plenty of cod in the 6-7lb range. After a quiet spell the fish came back on, Matt Howden taking a personal best of 14lb.
Those who prefer a more relaxing fish can head to Craster, where anglers fishing the ground from Bon Ami have taken up to 150 fish, many returned, with codling 5lb, with most baits doing the business.
Andrew Hodgkinson had a good win in Alberta SAC’s match taking nine fish for 9lb 7oz, including the heaviest fish, a flounder of 1lb 12oz, taken from the Tyne.
Ryhope AC fished the Tyne business park, Paul Richardson winning zone A with 10 for 258cm, including the longest, a flounder of 35cm. Zone B produced the better catches, Lee Burton taking 18 for 500cm, and John Bryant taking the longest, a very nice flounder of 41cm.
Eels showed in their River Wear match, Micky Davison winning £60 with one of 1lb 7oz 8drams. Reelsports fished the Timber Beach, Tommy Tate winning with 503cm.
If you are fishing the Lynemouth to Amble area look out for a liver and white springer spaniel called Kip, who is blind and was lost at Druridge Bay. Phone 07850 433719 or give me a ring.