Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Milder Conditions Bring Festive Cheer to Anglers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Milder Conditions Bring Festive Cheer to Anglers

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UNSEASONAL conditions have brought some festive cheer for boat anglers with good catches of cod to 8lb being taken from the rough ground just offshore.

Some boats fishing Cresswell and Newbiggin reported taking up to 30 fish, with many under 3lb going back. Surprisingly most of the fish have been taken on shads on the drift, which shows how clean the water is.

Dave Todd and Leighton Bell, who were fishing from their kayaks just off Hadston, took cod to 5lb and a few good wrasse.

However, south of the Tyne, although there have still been plenty of fish in the 2-4lb range with a few to 6lb, most of the fish have fallen to mussel, lugworm and cart fished at anchor.

Most shore anglers have had a hard time finding a codling of any size to bring to the scales in club matches, with most being won with a few pounds made up of coalfish, flounder, pout and whiting.

One exception was Ryan Taylor, whose three for 7lb 14oz taken from South Shields pier, which has been very quiet, in the "One that got away match" - sadly the best did get away as Taylor lost one of around 8lb on the lift.

SBRAAC had a reasonable weigh-in, Barry Sanderson taking two codling and a pout for 7lb 4oz, best 3lb 14.5oz from Whitley Bay, Dave Delaney taking two for 4lb 1.5oz from Amble.

Newbiggin anglers headed for the beaches at Hauxley and Warkworth in search of flounder in their match, Graham Foster taking 11 for 11lb 7oz from Hauxley and Alan James 13 for 9lb 3oz from Warkworth. John Bell took the best, a codling of 2lb 11oz.

In BOTAC's match, only Mick Davis with two codling for 2lb 7oz, the best 1lb 5oz weighed in.

Lynemouth beach, which has been almost a sure bet for a codling or two, has gone right off the boil. In SAR's Piscan Pot trophy match only a few flatfish where taken, Terry Chapman winning the trophy with a flounder of 34cm. …

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