Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Party Fail to Have Ball at the Wrecks; SEA ANGLING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Party Fail to Have Ball at the Wrecks; SEA ANGLING

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Byline: SAM HARRIS

BOTH boat and shore fishing at the moment is still very quiet. The charter boat "Sapphire" out of Sunderland, with a party of 10 rods aboard, had a disasterous day.

The anglers insisted on wreck fishing and although Peter the skipper told them that it was still too early, he took them out as they wanted.

Peter fished 10 wrecks, all about eight miles off, and all they got for their pains was one codling of 6lb.

While they were there a number of commercial boats, fishing for prawns, were passing. Peter called the skipper of one of the boats to ask if they had picked up any cod in the nets, and was told that they had a few - the best was a cod of 30lb.

The Skipper of that boat reckoned that there were plenty of cod but that they were feeding on the prawn.

A private boat, the "Iris Rose" out of Sunderland, fishing just off Hendon with three rods, had 14 codling between them. The best 41/2lb taken by Ritchie Carr. The baits used were cart and hermit crab.

Kayak anglers are still having reasonable sport fishing close inshore, mainly with codling, wrasse, pouting, whiting and coalfish. They have had nothing of any great size, but enough to keep the interest there. Most of the fish have been taken on worm, mussel, squid or crab.

There have been a few crab taken in the tyres in the River Wear. It seems very early, but with this unpredictable weather we have had, things are starting to improve slowly.

I was talking to Jim Whippy, editor of Saltwater Boat Angling Magazine, and he told me about a couple of charter boats which had gone out from the South Coast.

One had gone about 20 miles off and had a couple of dozen or so pollock to 12lb. The other went 47 miles into French water and had over 150 pollock to 16lb. I wonder why? With the boat season hopefully due to start in a few weeks, I thought I would mention one or two boat contacts each week - starting with Hartlepool boat "The Great Escape".

She is an 111/2m Cat and carries all fish-finding and safety equipment and has rod and reel hire. Skipper Lee provides free tea and coffee, plus a hot pie. He fishes the wrecks and hard ground and is planning to learn how to anchor onto the wrecks. …

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