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Steve Hepple claims Whitley Bay Open honours

WITH codling scarce, Steve Hepple’s bag of 12 coalfish weighing 14lb 2.7oz from the cliffs at Dunstanburgh took the honours in the Whitley Bay Open.

WITH codling scarce, Steve Hepple’s bag of 12 coalfish weighing 14lb 2.7oz from the cliffs at Dunstanburgh took the honours in the Whitley Bay Open.

Kenny Bowen headed for Craster where he took four cod for 11lb 2.4oz to take second place. After four years of fishing opens, Simon Todd had his best result, taking the heaviest fish, a lovely coloured cod of 7lb 11oz from Marden Rocks. Six-year-old Owen Ord tookthe junior title with two flounder from Blyth beach for 1lb 14.6oz.

After snapping their rod and being left with a seven-foot piece, most anglers would pack up. Not Graham Burns, who went on to catch five cod for 7lb 12oz from Howick for fifth place.

Boats are taking some decent catches when they can get out. In among a catch of cod and ling, Martin Booth took a cracking ling of 23lb while fishing aboard North Star out of Hartlepool.

JFK, travelling a good way off, found ling of 14lb for Lee Brown, a pollock of 8lb for Paul Longstaff and cod to 10lb.

Codling to 4lb have come from Seaham North pier. Ron Bate’s bass of 7lb 10oz is a new Seaham Club record and one of the best fish taken from the pier for quite a while – a fish most anglers only dream of catching.

Thornbacks have started turning up at Horden beach, fish of 6lb and 7lb taken on Saturday and one of 9lb on Sunday. Most club results have been poor but there have been decent catches. Chris Potts fished at King Eddie’s Bay to win Seaton Sluice’s match with three cod for 13lb 3oz, the best 7lb. Rob Thirwell won Newbiggin’s match with five for 9lb 1.7oz taken from Newbiggin bay.

Among the coalfish, small codling, dabs, flounders, and whiting coming from Tynemouth pier, Terry Brennan took a pollock of 5lb 4oz in his winning bag of 8lb 6oz in Longbenton’s match.

The harder Mark Hutchinson tries to beat his son Dylan the bigger the defeat becomes. At Smiths Docks Dylan took four whiting, his first codling, and two granny fish. The Tyne produced the winning bags in Ryhope’s match – Chris Hossack taking 2,785g (6.2lb) – the best 2,195g (4.8lb). Liam Prest won their sweepstake match with a cod of 5lb taken from Whitburn.


NOVEMBER 4: Sunderland open 2-6pm, 1st £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, entry £12, includes £2 for h/f 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & £4,000 prize table, h/flat Cono-flex Flattie Fanatic Bounds; South Shields Pier (included) to Seaham North Pier (excluded) and west to Queen Alexandra Bridge. Reg on the day The Welcome Tavern, details 0191 5654183.

NOVEMBER 10-18: Whitby Charter Skippers Association cod competition 1st prize heaviest cod overall £1000, 2nd £150, 3rd £100, h/bag cod £100. £100 heaviest other species, £50 heaviest each day, boats participating Never can tell-a, Mistress, and Sea Otter. For details visit



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