Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Codling Aplenty - but No Whoppers; SEA ANGLING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Codling Aplenty - but No Whoppers; SEA ANGLING

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Byline: Sam Harris

BOAT angling is producing lots of codling - the only problem is that very few of them are over 5lb on the hard ground.

Amble charter boats are averaging 100-plus for the parties aboard, with a variety of baits working, especially prawn.

Boats out of Newbiggin and Blyth have reported odd better fish up to 8lb and these fish are coming from close inshore, which augers well for the kayak competition being held on the 27th of this month.

This is a heaviest single fish competition and one lucky angler will win a brand new kayak worth almost PS1,000, kindly donated by North East Kayaks & Paddles, Amble.

Tyne boats fishing off the Yellow Can and Briar Dean are enjoying decent sport with codling, pouting, wrasse and coalfish to various baits.

Sunderland boats close inshore between Marsden and Seaham taking mainly codling, average 4lb, with crab being top bait.

The "Sapphire" out of Sunderland had good catches of codling, with a few whiting and pouting in these areas. You can contact Peter, the Skipper, on 07854 819924.

The big tides made for difficult fishing for the wreck boats well offshore, but in spite of this, good bags were returned.

The "JFK Two" out of the Tyne had ling to 16lb and cod to 12lb. You can contact Alan, the skipper, on 07808 684358.

Another Tyne wreck boat the "Blue Eye 2" travelled to a well offshore wreck and was rewarded with ling to 16lb and cod to 15lb - plus masses of mackerel. Also among the catch were coalfish to 6lb and some decent pollack. You can contact Colin, the skipper, on 07903 226202.

The Hartlepool boats are also doing well mainly on the hard ground. The "Famous" and "Ali-Cat" have taken ling to 10lb and cod to 8lb, with haddock to 3lb-plus. Also taken were pollack and lots of mackerel. A variety of baits have worked with the cod mainly coming to the shads. …

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