If the sea stays calm the big fish are out

Sunday Sun - - Angling - BY ALAN CHARL­TON

THEY are there for the catch­ing, the big fish that have al­luded an­glers all sum­mer, but only if the sea stays calm enough for a few days to let char­ter boats have a fair crack at the wrecks,.

We have only seen a cou­ple of ling in the high 20 this sum­mer when they should now be turn­ing up quite reg­u­lar at this time of year.

A few de­cent ling have been taken on the odd foray out to the wrecks to show what is there.

Ian Collinson took a ling of 17.5lb fish­ing off North Eastern Char­ters, how­ever the best cod was one of only 8.5lb – an­other species which should be giv­ing up a few twenty pound plus fish this month and next.

Tony Grey took a per­sonal best ling of 15lb fish­ing aboard JFK TWO – the best of a 50-fish haul.

Most boats when out have also taken pol­lock and cod to 9lb and sur­pris­ingly rea­son­able num­bers of mack­erel for bait.

Fresh mack­erel have taken the bet­ter fish off­shore when fish­ing in­shore on the rough ground, where there have been plenty of codling in the 1-3lb range.

Baited hokkais have done the busi­ness with worm and crab also tak­ing quite a few fish.

Very few pri­vate boats and kayaks have ven­tured off in the poor con­di­tions, the few that have been able to get off dur­ing a calm spell have taken rea­son­able catches of codling in the 1-3lb range with the odd bet­ter fish to 6lb.

Shore sport from Whitby to Ber­wick has been pretty good with beaches af­ter dark, piers, and the rivers Tyne and Wear giv­ing good num­bers of codling in the 1-2lb range.

An­glers are tak­ing up to a dozen at a time on worm and crab baits, with Rocky Is­land and the Bea­cons also giv­ing de­cent catches.

There are signs big­ger fish are start­ing to move in with quite a few around 3-6lb taken from the rough ground at Craster, Sea­houses, Am­ble, New­big­gin, Col­ly­well, Whit­burn, Ry­hope and Mars­den.

The best I know of is one of 10lb 5oz taken by Brian Scott fish­ing the deep wa­ter at St Abbs.

The re­gion’s piers have given up mixed bags of codling, coal­fish, whit­ing, flounder, dab with Sea­ham pier also giv­ing dog­fish and the odd tad­pole fish.

Sea­ham pier seems to be pro­duc­ing this species quite of­ten th­ese days.

The best flounder ac­tion has come from the rivers with the up­river marks the best, whit­ing and small codling will also keep you busy.

Den­nis Trinh on a re­cent trip fish­ing off Whitby boat Shy Torque 111 landed a ling of 28lb 9oz. In­set, Ian Collinson with his ling of 17.5lb taken aboard North Eastern Char­ters

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