Young Owen Highmoor is one to watch

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Owen Highmoor continues his angling apprenticeship.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Owen Highmoor continues his angling apprenticeship.

Fishing with his dad Sean May for a couple of hours at the blocks at the start of Tynemouth pier, he took two flounder of around 1lb, his dad taking three.

Dave Ellis, fishing Longbenton and Seaton Burn’s match beside them, took the winning bag in the match of seven for 7.06lb, the best 1.06lb, all taken on rag and mackerel.

Anglers fishing Roker took advantage of the rougher seas before the pier was finally closed for safety reasons.

Trevor Green had two sessions taking cod to 4lb one night and cod to 3lb, and a personal best dab of 1lb the next.

Roker pier had also been giving anglers good sport, light fishing with floats, using ragworm and mackerel bait, for hard fighting coalfish. Ritchie Walton, fishing with a lure in the Wear, took a very rare brill of 34cm.

In a lull in the weather a few lads managed to get off in their kayaks. Fishing around the yellow buoy they took a few decent codling, Dave Todd taking the best at 6lb.

The upper reaches have produced decent catches of flounder, Steve Williams winning a sweepstake at Claxheugh with six for 204cm, Bob Gascoigne taking the longest at 41cm.

Eric Bell fished the Wear to win Alberta’s match with six fish for 8lb 12oz. David Flood, who had the biggest fish, a codling of 2lb 3oz, and Alan Bennett fished the Tyne to come joint second with four fish each for 4lb 6oz.

The mid-lower reaches of the Tyne have also given decent catches of coalfish to 2lb and the odd codling to 2lb 8oz, with the lower Tyne estuary giving the odd better fish to 6lb, with South Shields pier giving codling to 3lb and decent coalfish. The open beaches, as expected, are below par. Keith Dunn won Amble’s match with four flounder for 3lb, Martyn Pygall taking the best at 1lb 2oz.

If you’re a bit bored when fishing Southwick prom this weekend, you could always have a go on a zip wire across the river Wear from the Stadium of Light in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice – details on 0191 5515191.

When the weather finally settles Amble boat Elizabeth Jade is offering a £5 voucher off your first trip – go to

Another Amble boat, Serenity, is having a competition for the heaviest fish taken this season of £250. For details, visit or telephone 07930314030.

APRIL 28: The Mersey Anglers’ Derby, Penn Points and SAMF qualifier, Otters Pool Promenade (11.30am to 5pm). This is a measure and release competition with any fish over 20cm to count. Reg, Jericho Lane car park (9.30am to 10.30am), details J. Waugh 0151 6397974


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