Codling re­turn­ing to East and West coasts

Sunday Sun - - Angling - BY ALAN CHARL­TON

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

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