WITH fish scarce it has been the youngsters who have done well from boat and shore. Thirteen-year-old Nathan Fleming, on his first boat trip aboard JFK, took three decent cod in a total catch that included ling to 13lb, cod to 6lb and a nice pollock of 6lb 8oz for Joe Winthorpe.
Michael Charlesworth took his five-year-old son Cameron, who does everything himself, to Roker Pier for his first fishing trip.
Using a spinning rod baited with bluey, young Cameron took four small codling and a coalfish, dad only managing two codling. Cameron was a bit upset when he found he couldn’t put the fish in his pond and they had to be returned – another youngster hooked for life. Junior Ross Barclay, already hooked, won Amble’s match, taking three flounder from Druridge for 1lb 14½oz.
It was left to seasoned veteran Mick Ure who, after many years of fishing in South Beach Residents AC, succeeded where the others failed, catching a flounder of 1lb to celebrated his first win.
The Tyne has given the best match results. Mark Shotton won Cleadon’s match with seven fish for 12lb 9oz, Norman Spour taking four for 8lb 13oz, best 3lb from South Shields pier.
Ken Robinson won Tynemouth’s retired members’ match from the pier with eight whiting and a dab for 7lb 2oz.
Seaham piers are also giving a few fish. John Williams took their Badger open with a codling of 3.14lb, Mark Bates taking the heaviest bag of six for 7.54lb. Roker pier has given codling to 5lb and whiting to over 1lb, anglers taking up to a dozen a session, along with a few sizeable coalfish and the odd small pollock.
While the Wear has given good-sized flounder, Neil Cutler took the best bag of ten for 318cm in a sweepstake at the Business Park, Jim Dobie taking the best at 45cm. Paul Hossack won Sunderland’s match with two for 3lb 7oz, best 1lb 11oz.
A few codling have also come from Ryhope. Paul Riley won Ryhope’s sweepstake with one of 2lb 7oz. Marsden as usual has given up a few codling to pleasure anglers, Paul Rodgers taking one of 4lb.
Hartlepool based boat North Star is running a competition for the heaviest fish caught between April 1 and September 30. The winner gets a free trip for 4 anglers or 4 individual trips for the 2014 season. Details http://northstar-charterfishing.co.uk/
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