With a cod of 5lb 8oz taken at the Wherry, Callan Stevens came out on top of the 163 caring anglers who turned out in support of young Derek Russell, who needs to go to America for treatment.
Micky Cave wasn’t far behind with a codling of 5lb 5oz, with Neil Hunter taking the heaviest flatfish at 1lb 10oz, Conor Ferguson coming out on top of the 11 juniors that fished with a codling of 1lb 10oz.
The event raised around £4,000 for the appeal, which had the biggest raffle I have seen.
If you would like to make a donation to help this young lad, you can do so via Michelle Russell who is fundraising for Tree of Hope.
Some nice fish turned up again in Ryhope’s sweepstake. Match Paul Riley, fishing at Marsden, took first and third place with cod of 7lb 6oz and 3lb 10z, Jason Brown taking second with one of 3lb 4oz taken from Hendon prom.
Pleasure anglers fishing for flatfish have taken some nice bags. Micky Quayle, fishing Roker Pier, took a 12 flounder and four dab on rag and mackerel. Another session at Claxheugh saw Quayle losing count of the flounder to 1lb 8oz he took, quite often two at a time.
Blyth beach has produced mixed bags of small flounder. In among these was a real specimen of 44cm long weighing 2lb 9oz taken by Steve Smith.
Most club matches are being won with a couple of pounds. However Iain Galbraith won SBRAAC’s match with two cod for 11lb 6oz, the best 5lb 15.5oz. Lee Mains, fishing at Lynemouth, took two codling for 7lb 14oz, best 5lb 10oz to win Alberta’s.
In the calmer conditions boat anglers have had a chance to get out. Bert Grey, Keith Brown and Jim Carreville had a trip off the Tyne aboard Shady, Jim Carreville taking the best of a dozen fish kept at 7lb 8oz.
Richy Carr had a great day on his boat Iris Rose, taking 29 codling to 5lb 8oz out of Sunderland. Sapphire uptiding off Whitburn has taken some good catches.
There is an open meeting on Tuesday, January 28 at the Waterford Hotel, Castle Square, Morpeth where you can have your say about Sea Angling 2012. You can see the survey at www.anglingtrust.net