Sea Angling: Turbot is one any angler would be proud of

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Malcolm Charlton with his 4lb 10oz turbot
Malcolm Charlton with his 4lb 10oz turbot

When Hughie Thompson brought his cod of 3lb 9oz to the scales in Lynemouth AC’s match he thought he had won it.

Talk of only a big flatfish coming in left him confident of victory – that was until he saw Malcolm Charlton’s monster turbot taken off Lynemouth beach.

Charlton, after years of fly fishing a novice sea angler, put the monster on the scales where they registered the biggest North East turbot I have recorded at 4lb 10oz – a fish any angler would be pleased with.

One of the best cod this week was taken by Adam Johnson who took one of 9lb in a five-fish bag fishing at Cullernose.

Davey Wood, fishing at Ryhope, which is fishing very well, took a nice cod of 8.56lb, while Kevin Collins had decent catches of codling from Blyth Beach, most returned, and he landed a nice coalfish of 3.5lb.

All the top bags in Blyth SAC’s match came from Cresswell, Nigel Howitt taking 14 cod and a flounder for 23lb 8oz, the best 3lb 11oz and, Chris Kell nine cod and a flounder for 13lb 1oz. Darren Shields had another good win in Bedlington Station’s match, taking eight codling for 16lb 14oz from Blyth Beach.

Graham Sidney took the best at 3lb 11oz from Craster. Blyth Beach is fishing during high or low water.

Colin Bell won Whitley Bay’s high water match with seven codling for 12lb 6oz, wthe best 3lb 6oz, Dave Craig taking five for 9lb 7oz.

The Tyne is back on song with most marks giving up fish. Mark Shotton won Cleadon’s match from Hebburn with eight codling for 11lb 12oz, Paul Wastell taking the best a cod of 5lb 12oz from Marsden.

Dean Furness took first and third in Seaham’s Badger open with codling of 4.53lb and 4.09lb, the heaviest bag of four for 12.15l.

Furness and Mick Davison also won the pairs with nine for 21.96lb, all taken from the Dene, the Target giving Lee Burton second place with a cod of 4.29lb.

When boats can get out catches have been good. Anglers out on JFK took around 60 codling along with coalfish, pollack and nice mackerel.

Up tiding paid off for anglers on North Star who kept 20 decent fish while returning many more.

With the calm conditions Sapphire fished the wrecks ten rods taking around fifteen decent fish the best a ling of 10lb, along with codling to 5lb, and pollock to 5.5lb.


NOVEMBER 10: Whitehaven match (Penn Points) 9-1pm reg Union Jack Club, Workington 7.00am to 8.45am, prebooking Armstrong Angling, 01900 605093 entry £5, opt pools £10, 100% payout, Snr h/f 1st 50%, 2nd 25%, 3rd 15% h/flat 10%, jnr h/f 1st 60% 2nd 40% plus supporting prize table (one prize per angler). Details Jimmy 07505809710


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