Paul Edwards lands a monster mackerel

Fishing from Seaham north pier using a light bass rod, Paul Edwards bagged himself a North East record-breaking mackerel

Paul Edwards with his record mackerel of 3lb 7oz
Paul Edwards with his record mackerel of 3lb 7oz

There have certainly been some big mackerel caught but none as big as Paul Edwards' fish – a Seaham club record, a Northern Federation record, and a North East record.

Fishing from Seaham north pier using a light bass rod, with four daylights and a 2oz Dicky Shenton spinner, Edwards thought he had hooked a full house until a single flash told him it was just one fish which gave him a terrific fight and was officially weighed at Seaham SAC at 3lb 7oz 12 drams.

The inaugural North East Kayak open was a huge success with Blyth angler Dave Todd winning day one with a Pollack of 6lb 13oz. Unfortunately day two was spoilt by strong westerlies with not one angler weighing in, although one did drop a sizeable fish back.

After two intense days Neil Cutler took the Rutherford’s title with a zone second on day one with 26 for 431cm and a first on day two with 22 for 417cm. Some decent pollock have shown at Roker pier.

The marks from Amble to St Abbs have proved erratic.

But East End SAC hit a few fish, Adam Kennedy taking four for 9lb 12oz, Alan Henderson the heaviest at 3lb 7oz, pleasure angler Tom Holloway taking a cod of 4lb.

Norma Urwin won Amble’s match with five flounder for 3lb 7lb oz, the best 1lb 3oz. Mackerel may not be in massive quantities but there are still enough for fresh bait which is essential for decent ling such as Jimmy Cassidy’s 18.5lb and Bryan Warrens 15lb ling taken aboard JFK.

Other trips had some decent hauls of cod of 7-9lb, Neil Grace taking the best at 16lb, Eric Ramsbottom taking a haddock of 5lb.

Walter Turnbull and Paul Conroy, out on Turnbull’s Charlotte close in off Eyemouth, took 60 fish, the best two 6.6lb and 8lb.

Sunderland boat Sapphire took up to 30 fish per trip with cod to 8lb and ling to 5lb. Anglers on Catch 22 fishing the ground taking up to 60 fish to 7lb.


Sunday August 18: Heaviest Fish Open boat competition, private and charter from any port, sponsored by Sports & Leisure Blyth. Fish 8am-4pm w.i. Royal Quays ends 5.30pm prompt, entry �10 all classes under 20ft & above 20ft, 1st, 2nd & 3rd % entry, plus table prizes, details Sam Harris 0191 5184561.


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