The good catches continue, with all marks producing fish, mainly in the 1lb-3lb range in rougher conditions.
Marden rocks produced the winning bags in the Bedlington Station Open for Chris Bell, who took five fish in the first hour-and-a-half for 19lb 10oz.
Rob Thirlwell, fishing close by, took four fish in a mad spell of 45 minutes over low water, for 18lb 2oz, to take second place.
Peter Ramsdale, fishing at Howdiemans, was third with two cod for 10lb 15oz, including the heaviest at 7lb 6oz. B Hall won the junior section with three fish for 1lb 11oz.
One of the better pleasure catches was taken by Ritchie Carr, who took eight codling for 25lb from the Spiles at Seaham.
Other good bags came from Roker Pier and Hendon. Ivan Stott fished at Newbiggin, taking four decent fish, the best going 5lb 7oz.
Match anglers have again been heading for Whitley Beach. Chris Stringer won Whitley Bay’s match with 13 fish for 17lb 6oz.
Other good bags came from Tynemouth, Kenny Patterson six for 9lb 8oz; and North Crab Hill, Don Nicholson six for 9lb 2oz.
Hadston has also given good catches. Paul Sample won Newbiggin’s match with 12 for 15lb 11oz from the beach; Gary Tully taking 10 for 14lb 11.8oz from Silver Carrs; Tony Taylor taking 12 for 13lb 5.2oz from Hadston Beach; John Robson taking the best at 5lb 2.6oz from bottom of the cliffs.
Mal McIntyre took 10 codling for 14lb 5oz to win Seaton Sluice’s match from Hadston.
Mick Hardy won Blyth’s match with eight cod and a coalfish for 9lb 14oz from Amble, Keith Smith taking four codling for 8lb 14oz, including the heaviest at 4lb 2oz from Cresswell. Iain Galbraith took four codling for 9lb 6.5oz from West Bay to win SBRAAC’s match.
Alberta AC had a good weigh-in, David Graves taking nine fish from Middle Docks for 10lb 12oz. Mark Minchell took the heaviest, a 2lb coalfish from Smiths Docks.
The Sandbar gave Steve Harper the winning bag of six codling and two coalfish for 8lb 8oz in Tynemouth’s Bill Elliott Cup match.
Alan Heeley took three codling from the Groyne for 6lb 6oz to win Cleadon’s match. Paul Wastell took the heaviest, a cod of 5lb 6oz from North row ends.
Lee Burton took top spot in Ryhope’s sweepstake with a cod of 5lb 7oz taken from the Target, as part of Gentoo’s ‘going fishing’ run in conjunction with Ryhope SAC for over-60s. Call Gemma on 0191 525 5000.
Sixty-five-year-old Billy Broad, new to fishing, took a cod of 5lb 8oz from the Wear’s White Wall.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18: Bedlington Station’s mini night time open, fish 7pm-11pm, Tynemouth pier to Amble pier, entry £10 100% payout, h/bag £250, h/f £100 plus 20 table prizes. Reg General Havelock, East Sleekburn.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20: Seaham David Guy memorial open fish noon to 5pm, Hendon Groyne to Dene Holme at Horden, 100 pegs on North pier. Entry £10, optional team, sweepstakes, & sealed weight. 1st h/f £1000, plus junior, ladies, & disabled prizes, plus prize table. “One prize per angler” tickets in advance Rutherfords Angling & North East Tackle, or reg on day Seaham HQ, 10am-1pm. Details 0191 581 0321.