It’s been an­other patchy week­end in a dif­fi­cult sum­mer for boat fish­ing

The Chronicle - - Hooked - By SAM HAR­RIS

THE boat fish­ing over the week­end was very patchy. The best fish from the wrecks were Cod to 12lb and Ling to 14lb on the “JFK Two”.

They also had a few Pol­lock to 6lb. The baits were Rhubarb & Cus­tard Sidewinders tipped with prawn and also hokis and day­lights with mack­erel strip.

Talk­ing to Al­lan, the skip­per of the JFK Two he said he felt it was one of the worst sum­mer sea­sons for many years.

Nor­mally he would ex­pect a good num­ber of Cod and Ling into the 20lb, but this year they have been few and far be­tween from the wrecks Al­lan is still av­er­ag­ing be­tween 40-60 per day, which is still pretty good go­ing. The close in­shore hard ground marks are still pro­duc­ing rea­son­able Cod to 7lb or 8lb and oc­ca­sional Ling up to 10lb.

The best baits have been crab, squid and cooked prawns. I heard about a group of an­glers trav­el­ling down to Weymouth and all they got was six fish be­tween them – so the grass is not al­ways greener on the other side of the fence.

Am­ble boats are still pick­ing up plenty of Codling be­tween 4lb and 6lb on a va­ri­ety of baits, with fish be­ing taken from the Cress­well Skeers and the east side of Co­quet Is­land. There are still lots of un­der­sized Codling also be­ing landed. Mack­erel are still around in fair num­bers and some of this species are go­ing to over 2lb.

Kayak an­glers, when it has been pos­si­ble to get out, are hav­ing rea­son­able sport close in with Codling to 7lb, Coal­fish, the usual Mack­erel and there seems to be a lot of Wrasse around this year, with some of them go­ing up to 5lb. Ar­ti­fi­cials and crab, worm, squid have all taken fish.

The fi­nal Whit­ley Bay AS Sum­mer Com­pe­ti­tion was held last Sun­day with 19 rods tak­ing part and four­teen weigh­ing in. The win­ner was Ge­off King with seven fish for 9lb 10oz. Sec­ond was Gary Ap­ple­ton with four fish for 7lb 3oz and third was Colin Bow­man with four fish for 4lb 13 1/2oz. The HSF was taken by Steven Atkin­son with a fish of 3lb 9oz.

The top three fi­nal plac­ings af­ter five matches are: Sum­mer Cham­pion - Gary Ap­ple­ton with 45 lb 6oz. Sec­ond Ge­off King with 26 ln 8oz and third Tony An­der­son with 35lb 11oz.

The over­all heav­i­est fish was taken by Alan OI’Neill with a fish of 6lb. The East End SAC fished a club match in which 10 rods took part and six weighed in.

The win­ner was Dar­ren Gains with three fish for 9lb, in­clud­ing the HSF of 4lb 4oz taken from Sea­houses.

Sec­ond was Nicky Rob­son with four fish for 8 lb 12oz taken from Al­n­mouth and third was Tony Bald­win with three fish for 3lb 14oz taken from Bead­nell.

The fi­nal plac­ings in the Sum­mer League are Nicky Rob­son with 55lb 8oz and in the Sum­mer Pairs were Nicky Rob­son and Greg Nor­ris with 88lb 8oz

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