Third spot went to Dean Huggins with a thornback
ray of 8lb 10oz.
She explains: "At twenty-six, women without spouses became thornbacks
, a reference to a sea-skate with sharp spines covering its back and tail.
Adrian Millard, fishing from a private boat off South Shields, landed a thornback
ray of 9lb on mackerel strip.
Steve Williams with his catch of six, the best 8lb and right, Jamie Mullen with a decent thornback
are the most common ray in British waters and can grow up to 1.2 metres in length.
are fairly common around the British coastline and are easily recognised, as their name suggests, with sharp 'thorns' along the back and tail.
There is also some evidence that thornbacks
also may currently use Elkhorn Slough as a nursery area, but this has not been confirmed (Carlisle (1)).
Brendan Davies was on the pier and hooked a 6lb 2oz thornback
ray for second place then it was Fred Chick at Black Rock with a 3lb 14oz conger.
He took Seaham's Nighthawk with a right mixed bag consisting of a thornback
ray, a dogfish, six codling and five whiting for 21.49lb including the heaviest fish a cod of 4.75lb - a cracking catch for this time of year and all coming from the blast ledge.
REPORTS of good numbers of thornback
ray being caught off the Holderness coast have alerted anglers in our region.
"We caught 17 different species, including thornbacks
, small-eyed rays and smoothhounds.
Many years ago the Blast Beach was well known for Thornbacks
, with fish to 12lb not uncommon.