THE Bank House summer open produced some cracking catches and a nail-biting finish.
Gosforth angler Steve Potts won the match with two cod and two big wrasse taken at Beadnell. Stan Preston had a hectic time taking seven cod at Marden Rocks for a weight of 16-6-8, followed by Phil Gee with five cod for 16-4-3 taken at Craster. Chris Atkinson won another junior event with a cod of 1-2-4.
Most of the 254lbs of fish taken – made up of 78 red cod, 16 wrasse, nine coalfish, two flatfish and two Pollock, best 4-14-12 taken by Steve Coverdale – came from the marks between Amble and Seahouses.
Beadnell also produced the winning bag in The Railway AC’s match, Gavin Owen taking two cod for 6-13-0, best 4-4-0. Piers and deep water marks are still producing good catches of mackerel, with good-sized plaice coming from the piers, Lynemouth Beach, Newbiggin Cliffs and the New beach at Newbiggin.
With Hartlepool and Roker piers producing good catches of whiting after dark, South Shields pier produced good catches of coalfish on some tides. Christopher Newton won Seaham juniors’ Edwards Cup with five fish for 4.09lbs while Kieron Newton took the heaviest, a mackerel of 1-2-0, all from Seaham pier.
There’s been plenty of action in the rivers with good-sized flounders and eels with some well over 2lbs, plus the occasional codling and coalfish. Another monster cod has been landed at Hartlepool. Sean Wroe, fishing aboard Flamer 11, took one of 26lb 7oz.
A couple of very nice ling have been taken from the wrecks, the best one of 27lbs taken by Stan Cee aboard White Diamond, followed by one of 24lbs for Andrew Harding, and one of 16lbs for Geoff Mole, both fishing from Sarah JFK.
Boat fishing has been very steady with good catches of codling and ling to 12lbs, many around 4-8lb, with many smaller fish being returned.
A typical catch at Craster was Tony Rutherford’s 14 to 6lbs aboard Bon Ami. Similar catches have been reported from Amble, Blyth, Sunderland, Hartlepool, and Seahouses. Tomorrow, the Cedric Bilverstone memorial boat competition takes place from 8am (Tyne piers) HQ friars Goose, Felling. For more details call 07717 350611. First h/f £100, second £50, third £20 and £20 for the most unusual species, plus a buffet and raffle.
The Bedlington Station AGM takes place on Wednesday at General Havelock from 8pm. New members are welcome.
The Hartlepool Charter Skippers’ Association summer festival runs to Sunday, September 2, with weekly prizes for the heaviest cod, ling and for overall heaviest fish. Details are available from Friarage tackle shop, open each morning from 5am, on 01429 273145.
Alan Charlton (0191) 2531949 email@example.com