ALL anglers go through bad patches when they fail to catch. John Findley was going through such a patch and didn’t expect much if anything with a flat calm sea when he fished at Tynemouth.
However, on his second cast he was into a nice fished which proved to be a codling of 5lb 3oz. Findley went on to land another seven fish including codling, whiting, flounder and dab.
The first of a series of events to raise funds for Derek Russell got off to a good start, raising £65. Sam Osborne took a codling of 3lb 9oz from the Tyne to win the match.
Match anglers continue to take decent bags even in the calmer conditions. In Blyth’s match Keith Smith took eight cod for 16lb 9oz and brother Peter five cod, a bass and a flounder for 15lb from Cresswell. Peter followed this up winning their latest match with seven cod and a bass for 15lb 9oz from Cresswell.
Mal McIntyre fished Blyth beach to win Seaton Sluice’s match with 12 fish for 12lb 15oz. Bob Ferguson fished at Cambois to win Newbiggin’s match with seven cod and a coalfish for 11lb 12oz, Colin Errington taking the best at 3lb 5.7oz.
Sean Hildrew popped over from Sunderland to fish Cambois for a change taking four cod for 16lb, the best 7lb 5oz, while Arron Stead fished at Newbiggin taking two cod, the best 5lb 8oz.
Whitley Bay anglers might wish David Airey had not returned to angling after his golfing sabbatical, winning another match with seven fish for 7lb 9oz taken from Blyth Beach.
Tyne estuary’s giving mixed bags. Tony Anderson won Tynemouth’s retired match with nine whiting, a coalfish and six dabs for 11lb 2oz, Steve Hardy winning Longbenton’s Ronnie Huston trophy with a bag of 5lb 8oz.
Some better fish have come from south of the Tyne. Ritchie Carr won Ryhope’s sweepstake with a cod of 5lb 9.5oz taken at Whitburn, Paul Riley taking one of 4lb 1oz from Marsden.
The recently re-opened Roker pier has fished well with whiting to more than 1lb and codling to 5lb, with South Shields pier giving anglers bags of up to 10 decent coalfish and codling to 4lb.