Steve Williams clear in lead at Whitley Bay league match

Steve Williams enjoyed another impressive victory in Whitley Bay’s league match

Sea fishing
Sea fishing

Steve Williams enjoyed another impressive victory in Whitley Bay’s league match. Fished from Newton to Craster, Williams took four fish for 9lb 1oz to put him in an almost unassailable lead after only four matches with 36lb 12oz.

His nearest rival Garry Appleton has 11lb 14oz. Chris Potts was second on the day with three for 5lb 14oz, and Gary Wilson took the heaviest fish at 4lb 4oz.

In BOTAC’S match at Seahouses only Alan Norman weighed in, a codling and a coalfish for 3lb. Retired members had a good day on the pier, John Pearson two pollack for 8lb 5oz, including a 6lb 2oz; Tony Anderson two plaice for 2lb 8oz.

Plenty of mackerel are still being taken from all piers, with a few codling and pollack to 3lb falling to lures meant for mackerel. Those who have managed to find room to bait fish have taken decent plaice from Roker and South Shields piers with a few codling after dark. Better ling are starting to show for boats, midweek saw JFK take around 100 fish, including 40 doubles, mainly ling – Paul Cowan one of 24lb; Gary Parker 18lb; Nigel Osbourne 17lb; Paul Dawson 16.5lb and 15.5lb; Bryan Warren 16lb and 12lb. The catch included pollack to 8lb, cod to 9lb, and five catfish best 6lb.

Anglers on Sunderland boat Saphhire took cod to 7lb and ling to 14lb, while a short trip on Amble boat Serenity gave anglers fishing the ground plenty of cod to 8lb, and plenty of coalfish. At Hartlepool anglers on Evelyn Jane were taking cod to 8lb, ling, a few haddock and plenty of mackerel and whiting. Private boats at the rough ground and a few inshore wrecks off the Tyne have taken cod to 5lb two and three at a time and the odd to 8lb.

There’s an open meeting on August 8 at 5pm at Northumberland IFCA, Unit 60B South Nelson Road, Cramlington, NE23 1WF. Main concern is protection of sea grass within Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast SAC which includes the causeway area. Details at IFCA website www.nifca.gov.uk

Also have your say on the RSA strategy www.nesa.co.uk shorefishingforum

DIARY DATES

August 4 (2-4pm): As part of National Fishing Month Wisbech AC hold a crab catching competition at the Copthorne Promenade, entry free, hand lines and bait provided, age groups up to 11years and 11 up to 16.

August 11: Bedlington Station Summer Open 10.30am to 2.30pm, Tynemouth pier to Seahouses south pier, entry £10, juniors free with paying adult. 1st h/bag £200, h/f £100, h/flat £50, plus prize table, register General Havelock, East Sleekburn, 8am to 9am.

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