Codling returning to East and West coasts
THERE was plenty of match action last weekend which showed that the codling are returning to not only the North East coast, but also Cumbria.
The Workington and District open was won by Mark Hunton £276 with a cod of 5lb 5oz, Karl Moore winning £207 for second with one of 3lb 12oz, Luke Evans taking the heaviest flatfish – a flounder of 1lb 15oz winning £69.
The Frank Oldham memorial match raised £360 for the Fisherman’s mission. Graham Foster at Marden rocks took the title and £228 with his five codling for 12lb 2.5oz, followed by Scott Davidson at Newton with five for 11lb 13.5oz winning £137.
D Hallyday was third with 7lb 14oz winning £90. Steve Williams took the heaviest fish, a pollock of 5lb 11.5oz, from the Warriors winning £152, Phil Gee taking £91 for a wrasse of 4lb 8oz with Graham Foster third with a codling of 4lb 0.5oz. Matthew Robson was top junior with a codling of 1lb 12oz taken at Hartley.
The day before Tynemouth’s team of Mick Davis, Chris Robson, Phil Skinner, Tony Anderson and Alan Wood won the Karl McLauchlan Top Club match with 17lb ahead of Newbiggin on 16lb 6oz.
Mick Davis took the heaviest fish at 5lb 4oz, Barry Smith next with one of 3lb 15oz, Newbiggins Wayne Smailes took the heaviest bag at 8lb 10oz.
There are signs that the bigger fish are on their way, Darren Browne took a very nice cod of 10lb 14oz from Souter in Cleadon’s match.
There have been some nice flounder in the Wear with Alan Walker taking one of 2lb 12oz and Tommy Nesbitt flounder of 1lb 11oz and 1lb 10oz.
Although codling are turning up along the Cumbria coast, there have only been the odd ray, hound or bull huss taken. Parking has also become a costly problem on the west pier due to building works.
Most of the region’s piers still producing mackerel on some tides with South Shields also giving a few plaice.
In the Whitby Autumn festival the lead has changed hands with some decent ling taken, Matthew Weatherhead going into the lead with one of 19lb 4oz with Mark Farrall second with one of 18lb 7oz.
Boats out of the Tyne and Wear staying close inshore because of the strong offshore winds but still finding fish, anglers on Blue Eye 2 taking up to 40 fish with Paul Swinburne taking a cod of 10lb. Anglers aboard JFK TWO took cod to 12lb and ling to 7lb, with anglers on Sapphire taking up to 50 with codling to 4lb. SEPTEMBER 24: Newbiggin Open (Penn Points) 10-2pm. First prize £500 h/flat, £50 junior Greys rod. Entry £12, juniors £5. Register Bank House Club 9.30am. Bounds Seahouses breakwater to Tynemouth pier (piers & estuaries excluded). Details 01670 365980 / 01670 812214. The Tynemouth team Mick Davis, Chris Robson, Alan Wood, Tony Anderson and Phil Skinner. Below from left, Steve Williams, Graham Foster and Matthew Robson