Very good sport to be had from shore marks

Sunday Sun - - Angling - BY ALAN CHARL­TON

THE win­ter season has got off to a great start with most shore marks around New­big­gin, Am­ble, Whit­ley Bay, Tynemouth, Whit­burn and Ry­hope and piers giv­ing bags into dou­ble fig­ures with the odd in­di­vid­ual fish around 5lb dur­ing dark­ness, with most baits tak­ing fish.

The piers at Sea­ham and Roker have also seen good numbers of whit­ing and some de­cent-size coal­fish although at times small coal­fish have been a nui­sance. Mack­erel have still been taken in good numbers from South Shields, Sea­ham and Roker piers, how­ever at Blyth the mack­erel are be­ing taken fur­ther up the river with very few from the pier.

Although the rivers are full with un­der­sized fish de­cent-sized floun­der have still been taken from upriver marks, with the Wear pro­duc­ing the best re­sults.

The un­set­tled weather has spoilt the floun­der ac­tion from the usual open beaches but with a bit of a roll on there is a good chance of a bass or a few codling af­ter dark. The un­set­tled weather, off­shore winds and huge tides hasn’t helped boat an­glers ei­ther, most of the time boats hav­ing to stay quite close in where rea­son­able catches of codling to 5lb have been taken.

Sap­phire has been tak­ing around 50 fish mostly taken on hokkai and day­lights baited with fresh mack­erel, which at times has been hard to come by.

JFK TWO man­aged one trip off­shore tak­ing around 60 fish with Rus­sell Hud­son tak­ing a ling of 16lb, Dar­ren Haswell one of 15lb and Graham Wyvell a pol­lock of 9lb.

Steven Brooks, who had landed a per­sonal best bull huss of 9lb 11oz a week ago, and Paul E d w a r d s headed back over to Sil­loth and d where soon n into ac­tion n with dog­fish h and dabs s when Brooks’ s’ rod went and nd he was soon on into quite a strug­gle, not ot know­ing if his light gear would uld take the strain, ain, but with Ed­wards do­ing oing the net­ting a de­lighted Brooks ooks upped his per­sonal best huss ss to 15lb 14oz, an ex­cep­tional fish from the shore.

Ed­wards weighed in with one of 10lb 6oz, an­other very good fish for the shore.

South West Scot­land marks have seen rays, con­ger and dog­fish taken.

While I am writ­ing this Steven Spiers and John Evans are in Nor­way where they have been tak­ing good numbers of cod to 30lb, coal­fish into dou­ble fig­ures and some de­cent hal­ibut, Spiers tak­ing the best at just over 50lb.

Sept 16th Work­ing­ton & Dist SAC (Penn Points) heav­i­est fish open Bounds White­haven Nth Pier to Grass­lot pier, 9-1pm, 100% pay­out snrs h/f 1st 40% 2nd 30% 3rd 20% h/ flat 10% jnrs h/f 60% 2nd 40% en­try £5 pools £15 on day Union Jack Club, Glad­stone St , Work­ing­ton CA14 2SG 7.00am-8.30am de­tails Jimmy on 0754078489 Si­mon 078601. Steven Brooks with his per­sonal best bull huss. In­set, Steven Spiers with his hal­ibut

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