Paul stays clear of trouble

The big seas have brought plenty of fish ashore but many anglers have been hampered by the amount of loose weed in the water.

The big seas have brought plenty of fish ashore but many anglers have been hampered by the amount of loose weed in the water.

Paul Arkle had no such trouble - fishing Coble Hole at Cambois he took a cracking fish of 13lb 2oz, only ounces short of a personal best, and the best of a six-fish haul of 24lb, all taken on fresh crab.

Blyth pier has also thrown up good numbers of fish, including a nice cod of 11lb 8oz for Bob Hooker.

Whitley Beach has been fishing well, both at high and low water, Barry Tweddle taking eight cod for 18lb, his best 5lb. And, in a short session, Ronnie Forrest took four - all around the 2lb 8oz mark - on consecutive casts from the Boat Station, which has been producing lots of fish in the 1-3lb range at high water.

Mixed bags of fish have been coming from Newbiggin prom - Gary Kislingbury took cod to 5lb, while good-sized whiting and coalfish have also been taken from there.

While retrieving his best whiting of 1lb 6oz it was grabbed by a big fish on the way in and was badly chewed when landed.

The big seas have pushed good sized cod into the Old pier and Rat House Corner at Sunderland with the best around 6lb, but most no bigger than 2-8-0.

Fish to 6lb have also been pushed into the lower reaches of the Tyne. Thankfully the big seas came away after the Durham Heritage Open, which raised a massive £1,635 for the RNLI thanks to the entry money from 210 anglers, otherwise the area would have been unfishable.

Tony Cook took the £500 first prize with a cod of 4.8lb from the Boiler Hole, while Gary Warwick took one of 4.57lb from the North pier.

Keith Bell, fishing the Targets at Ryhope, took a nice cod of 8lb during a pleasure session. Wayne Harriman won Ryhope's sweepstake with a cod 0f 4.7lb taken at Souter point, while Paul Westmoreland took a nice cod of 7.02lb to win Seaham's Badger Open. Paul also took the heaviest bag of five for 13.52lb.

Mixed bags also came from the Horden Beaches, Mick Edwards winning the Mechanics match with a bag of flounders, cod, and whiting for 9-10-0.

The Lower Tyne also fished well, Colin Cowie winning Cleadon's match with seven fish for 8-14-0 taken from South Shields pier. David Slone won Tynemouth's Harry Hall Cup with seven whiting and four cod for 8-5-0 from the sand bar. Cresswell beach also gave mixed bags, Peter Smith taking seven cod and a bass for 13lb 9oz in Blyth's match, his best a cod of 2-9-0.

ALAN CHARLTON (0191) 2521949 alancharltonsea@blueyonder.co.uk

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