Marden Rocks again produced the winning bags and fish in open competition.
Newbiggin AC’s Anthony Eke took a bag of six cod for 18lb 8.1oz to take top spot in the Newbiggin Open, with Chris Bell taking second place with three cod for 12lb 8.7oz, including the heaviest fish of 5lb 10oz. Steve Ayling took the second heaviest fish of 5lb 7.5oz.
Norma Urwin fished at Lynemouth to win the ladies section with a cod of 3lb 1oz taken on her first cast, Lee Nyberg taking the junior section with two flounder for 1lb 6.7oz from Druridge.
Standing in the queue to weigh his fish in at the Bedlington Night-time Open last Friday, Billy Foster said he was due a win and that is exactly what came about – his bag of nine codling for 16lb 9oz taken from the Flat Rocks saw off the challenge of Scott Davidson who took nine codling for 15lb 9½oz from Hadston.
Steve Williams took the heaviest fish of 5lb 9¼oz from the Private Beach.
Surprisingly the biggest fish in last weekend’s opens was taken in Seaham’s Open. Derek Russell took the £1,000 first prize for a cod of 8.22lb on his last cast from the North Drum. With another small fish Russell took £263 for the heaviest bag of 9.38lb, which will go to the £60,000 needed to send his son to America for an operation.
Second place went to Lee Burton with a cod of 5.2lb.
Club anglers have also done well with most venue producing bags well over 10lb. Ivan Stott won Seaton Sluice’s match with eight cod for 17lb 3oz, the best 4lb 8oz taken from Lynemouth, Mal McIntyre taking 12 for 15lb 11oz from Blyth. Cresswell produced the best bags in Blyth’s first match, with Keith Smith taking eleven for 16lb 13oz, brother Peter taking nine for 15lb 8oz.
Hadston did the business in their match, Brian Smith winning with ten for 13lb 5oz, Chris Kell taking 11 for 12lb 15oz from Amble.
The Middens and Haven Rocks have produced decent catches. Brad Hill won BOTAC’S match with eight for 14lb 2oz, best 4lb 10oz, as has Whitley Bay beach. Nick Robson took eight for 11lb, Vince Gates taking the best of 4lb 8oz from the Middens. South of the Tyne, where heaviest fish matches are preferred, Wayne Harriman won Ryhope’s sweepstake with a cod of 6lb 1oz taken from the Blast Beach, Chris Hossack taking one of 5lb 8oz from Marsden.
Other marks producing bags of around 10lb or cod to 6lb are South Shields and Tynemouth piers, Hadston, The Walkway, The Spiles, Hall Beach, and Target Rock.