Fishing from the Howdiemans at Sugar Sands, where you would expect to lose a few fish in the weeds, Ian Greenacre of Blyth had remarkable luck on his way to winning the Seaton Sluice Open.
He landed eight cod on his first eight casts without getting one hooked up on the retrieve for an excellent weight of 23lb 10.5oz.
Sunderland angler Ritchie Carr had a mixed bag – taking two dogfish, a wrasse, a pollock and three cod from St Mary’s Island to take second with 17lb 10.3oz.
Michael Raine fished at Seahouses to take the heaviest fish, a cod of 7lb 10oz, with Arran Sinclair doing extremely well to take the junior section with two cod from Marden Rocks for 5lb 1oz.
Bedlington Station had a decent weigh-in, Darren Short taking two cod for 12lb 9oz – the best 7lb 8oz – while Steve Alexander won SSBRAAC with three codling, the best 4lb 10.5oz.
Steve Harper won Tynemouth’s match from Hartley with three cod and two wrasse for 7lb 10oz.
Whitley Pipe has again been giving up decent catches of small fish.
Gary Wilson won Whitley Bay’s match with six for 7lb 14oz, Simon Todd taking the heaviest of 5lb from the Old Pipe End. Pleasure angler Peter Hewison, fishing Crawley’s prom, took four fish the best 4lb 4oz.
South of the Tyne most matches have been won with a few small fish for two pound. Ian McLachlan fished Boaties Bay to win Cleadon’s match with three codling for 4lb 5oz.
Marie Sardag Seaham’s Angus Mills Trophy with two codling for 2.13lb.
There have been some cracking fish from the boats.
Chris Smith, fishing on his boat “Jester D” with Dean Redding, hooked and landed a personal-best cod of 21lb, Redding taking cod to 11lb.
Brian Smith fishing on Sarah JFK landed a nice cod of 20lb, Colin Donnely the best ling at 18lb, the best of a catch which included doubles.
Using a spinning rod baited with squid Baz Wright, fishing off Topline, somehow landed a ling of 20lb, while Gary Robson, helping out on Ali Cat, took the best fish a cod of 15lb 2oz.