After the thrashing they got at the hands of the British and Irish Lions, some Australian pride was restored when 18-year-old David Lamb from Sydney went out on his first wrecking trip on Sarah JFK.
With good numbers of cod and ling into double figures coming over the gunwales, Lamb hooked into a really big fish which, when landed, crashed the scales down to 22lb 8oz.
Lee Campbell, also on his first boat trip, took a ling of 14lb fishing aboard Upholder out of Amble. Other trips produced a personal best fish, a ling of 15lb for Andy Mackie, a cod of 13lb for Tony Crawford, and another personal best, a ling of 12lb 10oz for Rick Fisher. Sunderland-based boat Sapphire had three good trips. Seven anglers on the first took cod and ling to 10lb, anything under 4lb being returned.
After a party of ten failed to turn up two anglers set off and took 30 fish, with cod between 7-10lb taken and ling to 7lb.
Stagecoach anglers had a good day after an early start, taking around 30 fish, with David Lamp getting a ling of 13lb and Kevin Ritchie one of 15lb.
Private boats out of all ports have been doing extremely well, taking good numbers of fish to double figures.
After a hot day at work, Chris Smith was asked by his wife if they could go out somewhere. They did – about 300 yards off Seaham pier in their boat Jester where Susan Smith showed her husband how to catch fish, taking decent codling and a nice pollock.
Out on David Craig’s Amble-based boat Wicked Jack, Peter McKenzie took a personal best cod of 13lb and Will Spoil a personal best cod 0f 9lb.
The hot, calm weather has certainly brought the plaice out. Micky Bell took seven, the best 1lb 13oz, along with three dabs for 9lb 1oz to win Tynemouth’s match on the pier, Jeff Mole taking the heaviest fish, a plaice of 2lb 3oz.
There have also been some decent plaice to 2lb from South Shields pier if you can get through the mackerel bashers.
The open shore has not been as productive as I would have expected, although Blyth did have a decent weigh in their match, Chris Kell taking two cod for 6lb 8oz, the best 3lb 6oz, from Boulmer.