Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pushing the Boat Starting to Pay Off

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pushing the Boat Starting to Pay Off

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BOAT angling is improving by the day with plenty of codling being taken - although average sizes are still 3lb to 5 lb with the odd better fish among them. Mixed in with the codling have been a few ling, pollack, pouting and a few mackerel also now starting to show.

Amble charter and private boats are taking plenty of codling between 4 lb and 6 lb, mainly on daylights and hokis baited with bluey. Boats fishing close in to Cresswell Skeers and Hauxley have found good sport. The back of Coquet Island is also fishing well and mixed in with all of these nice fresh run codling are lots of undersized fish.

Newbiggin and Blyth boats fishing the Windmills and the Sow And Pigs areas report plenty of codling, pouting and coalfish.

Tyne boats are also having very good catches from both the wrecks and inshore hard ground. The "JFK Two" out of North Shields, skippered by Allan Skinner, fished the offshore wrecks with all rods aboard taking cod to 10 lb and ling to 15 lb.

In all, more than 160 nice cod and ling were taken, with many fish returned alive.

About 60 mackerel were also landed. The first ones aboard were used as bait on hokis and daylights and this seemed to be the top bait.

The Sunderland charter boat "Catch 22" had an abundance of codling between 2 1/2 lb and 8 lb with many fish returned. You can contact Bob, thes kipper, on 0797-9238464.

On Saturday June 6 there is an open boat competition out of Hartlepool. This is a heaviest single fish event with first, second and third money prizes and also a raffle. There are three charter boats available, which must be booked in advance. They are "Evelyn Jane 2" - telephone Paul on 01325 460 822 "Loan Shark" - telephone Dennis on 07900 330 476 "Danny Boy"- telephone Lee on 07923 308 1632.

The competition is open to trailer boats and for further information call Steve Ryder on 07814 009 701 or email uk or www.hartlepoolboat competitions.

Shore fishing is very quiet at the moment, apart from flounders, dabs and plaice from Alnmouth, Amble Pier and Harbour, Warkworth beach and the mouth of the Wansbech. …

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