Ian Woods H.S.F. Boat Open report

by David Proudfoot

Flat calm seas and blazing sunshine enabled boats get to well offshore. As expected, ling made up most of the catches but some cracking cod were boated too. In the over 20-foot section, Brian Wilkes on ‘White Diamond’ took the biggest ling of 19lb 8oz; this specimen was the biggest of a tremendous haul of 60 fish, which included around twenty double figured fish.
Brian Wilkes

Perhaps the most notable fish of the event fell to Norman White on ‘Slinky Kate’. Fishing a mere 200 yards off the Tyne piers, and using ragworm on a pink muppet, Norman bagged a superb 16lb 8oz cod on his very last drop to finish second overall. Third placed Billy Campbell ran Norman incredibly close with a ling of 16lb 7oz taken aboard Star Dance.

In the under twenty foot section Gareth Thomas on ‘Dani-K’ topped the pile with a cod of 8lb 14oz; followed by Ronnie Duell on ‘Reiver 1’ with another of 5lb 12oz.


Over 20-foot section

1st Brian Wilkes ling 19-8-0 White Diamond
2nd Norman White heaviest cod 16-8-0 Slinky Kate
3rd Bill Campbell ling 16-7-0 Star dance
4th Norman seaman ling 15-5-0 White Diamond
5th Derek Sergbine ling 15-2-0 Swordfish
6th Stan Fee ling 14-0-0 White Diamond
7th Terry Senior cod 13-12-0 White Diamond
8th Bob Mennie ling 12-15-0 White Diamond
9th Adam Goldsmith ling 11-6-0 Salamander
10th Neil Evans cod 10-8-0 Swordfish
11th John Marsh cod 8-14-0 Salamander
12th Jeff Ayre cod 8-7-0 Swordfish
13th Jason Bainbridge ling 7-8-0 Swordfish
14th Paul Norman cod 6-10-0 Mistress
15th Steve Moore ling 6-8-0 slinky Kate
16th Raymond Wilkinson ling 6-0-0 Swordfish
17th Tony Gray ling 5-12-0 Slinky Kate
18th Michael Kirby ling 3-15-0 Star Dance

Under 20-foot section

1st Gareth Thomas cod 8-14-0 Dani-K
2nd Ronnie Duell ling 5-12-0 Reiver 1
3rd Arthur Smeaton cod 4-4-0 Whiplash
4th John Henshaw cod 2-8-0 Reiver 1

Report and pictures by Alan Charlton



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