AFTER taking a few cod at anchor off Whitley Bay, Arthur Smeaton and Ken Robinson – fishing off Smeaton’s boat Lazy Days – decided to have a drift over the wreck they were fishing before heading home.
Fishing with a single hook on a light spinning rod, Smeaton’s rod bent over double halfway through the drift, Robinson thought he had caught the wreck until the fish made another dive for freedom.
Smeaton gradually played the fish up and away from the wreck, only for the fish, when about 30 feet up, to strip line from his reel as it dived for the wreck.
Eventually the fish was brought to the side and safely netted.
After landing, the fish was weighed by myself and was by far Smeaton’s biggest pollock from the North East coast, weighing in at 13lb 4oz. Robinson weighed in the biggest cod at 7lb.
JFK, out at the weekend, had a reasonable day taking 25 cod with most touching 7lb. The best shore-caught cod that I know of this week, weighing 7lb 8oz, was landed by David Maughan while fishing South Shields pier.
Gordon Grear, fishing Blyth beach, took four nice flounder and a turbot of 39cm during daylight.
As well as good flounders taken on mackerel strip from the Wear with the top end producing the best catches, Duncan Smith landed a nice codling of 5lb 3oz from Panns Bank.
Ritchie Carr landed a codling of 2.65kg from Marsden to win Ryhope’s sweepstake, Chris Hossack winning their club match with nine coalfish for 3.45kg, from the Tyne Pedestrian tunnel.
The lower Tyne is giving a few coalfish, David Slaone winning Tynemouth’s pier match with four for 5lb 5oz, Mick Styles aking the best at 2lb 3oz. Steve Gordon won NESA’s cash match from the Tyne with a mixed bag of coalfish and whiting for 4lb 12oz, including the heaviest a coalfish of 1lb 6oz.
There have been rumours two mackerel were taken from Seaham pier and four from a boat fishing behind Coquet Island at the weekend.