All smiles for 30-pounder

Anthony Ross, 20, is grinning like a Cheshire cat after taking what is thought to be the best ever boat-caught cod taken off the Sunderland coast.

The local angler was fishing with his father David aboard his uncle’s boat Sea Spray, out of Sunderland marina.

They were fishing a wreck about 10 miles out catching cod, ling and pollack when Anthony’s joey mackerel Sidewinder lure was snatched by a 30lb cod.

“At first I thought I had hooked the wreck. After 15 minutes I managed to get the fish to the surface,” he said.