Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seymour's Halibut Shore Is a Surprise; SEA ANGLING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seymour's Halibut Shore Is a Surprise; SEA ANGLING

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Byline: Sam Harris

FIFTEEN-year-old Finlay Seymour took a surprise catch from Roker Pier.

Using an orange plastic squid baited with sandeel, he landed a 3lb 7oz halibut which was weighed and verified at Rutherfords Angling, Sunderland.

There is no shore-caught record for this species at present and the qualifying weight is 10 lb.

About five or six years ago, three of these fish were taken from boats about three miles from Souter Point.

I took the first one at 7lb 3oz, a few days later another of 9lb-plus was taken and then a few days after that one of 11 1/2 lb was taken.

All of these fish came from the same area. The boatcaught record is 234 lb taken at Scrabster.

Almost all of the shore angling clubs have fished the last of their Winter League Competitions and it is normally the end of August/ beginning of September before they start again.

A lot of anglers who fish the shore during the winter switch over to boat angling in the summer.

Shore sport over the last few days has been dire due to flat seas. Warkworth and Alnmouth beaches have produced flounders and dabs, with the odd plaice and turbot among them.

Fish baits such as Bluey and mackerel strip are working well.

Amble pier has given small codling and also a few Whiting at night. Lynemouth beach has produced one or two codling to 21/2lb and some reasonable Whiting to 11/4lb on ragworm and Bluey.

There are still the usual small codling - with odd better ones - from the River Tyne, with Whiting as far upriver as the Copthorne.

South Shields Pier has produced odd codling to 3lb, mainly on crab baits, with whiting at night on fish strip.

Roker Pier has produced the odd sizeable codling, flounders and dabs, with the best sport being at night, and whiting to 11/4lb-plus.

Upriver on the Wear, the Glass Centre area has given small codling and whiting.

Seaham North Pier has also produced codling to 31/2lb, plus whiting and two lesser spotted dogfish. …

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