Sea angling: Rough weather hampers angling efforts

The latest sea angling news from around the region with Alan Charlton

Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire A man fishing braves the wind and rough sea
A man fishing braves the wind and rough sea

Unfortunately, the recent rough weather has not brought in the numbers of fish I would have expected and the majority of sizeable fish which are being caught are again coming from south of the Tyne.

However, there is always one angler who will prevail while others struggle - and Gary Pye always seems to be able to find fish.

He was the only one to catch in Easington’s match taking six small codling for 10lb 7oz - his best 2lb 4oz taken at Easington.

Gary Watson was not far behind Pye, winning Ryhope’s match with three codling for 3.21kg (7lb) his best 1.33kg (2.9lb) from the Target.

The junior winner was again Matthew Winn, who did very well to take two flounder for 0.78kg (1.7lb).

The few matches which have been fished have been won with the odd flounder or codling.

With Seaham piers closed because of the rough conditions, Bob Coates fished the Spiles - where he took three codling to 3lb.

South Shields pier has also produced a few codling, Anthony Morrow taking two to 2lb 10oz.

Hartlepool marks have also produced a few codling.

Steve Swales claimed one of 2lb 11oz and M Hutchinson one of 2lb 10oz in Hartlepool Pirates’ heaviest fish match.

There was plenty of action in a Tyne sweepstake fished at Jarrow Police Launch.

Steve Williams taking a bucketful of small fish for 277cm - but the surprise of the match was John Youll, who took a codling of 47cm approx 2lb 8oz.

The normally consistent River Wear has gone off the boil with anglers only taking a few flounder per session, the best around 1lb.

The rough weather has also curtailed boat fishing completely - that is unless you fancy a trip out on Chaz Walker’s boat Lady Elsie, which has changed base from Hartlepool and is now fishing out of Norway with great success.

Hartlepool anglers Garry Owen and Steve Tate had a good week, taking cod up to 64lb with many more around 40lb and 50lb and many bigger fish lost.

They also caught many more around 20lb and 30lb mark, with most of the big fish returned alive.

From the shore they took 63 codling to 3lb in their best session, with haddock to 7lb - all on light tackle.

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