LOCAL and travelling boat anglers have been enjoying good sport.
Boats out of Sunderland have found codling anywhere between Souter Point down to Seaham, with most of the fish taking baited daylite and hokki lures.
The Sapphire had a good day on Sunday fishing over the wrecks six miles out to sea, taking cod up to 8lb, ling between 6lb and 8lb, good sized pouting to 2lb and a 10lb wolf fish, known locally as a catfish. The latter was taken by Paul Coveley.
The Sapphire was out again for a four-hour trip on Monday, with the six anglers on board taking 15 cod between 4½lb and 10lb. Hokki lures baited with squid took most of the fish.
The JFK, fishing out of the Tyne over wrecks and hard ground, has seen catches of up to 150 fish per trip, mostly in the 2-5lb bracket, with a few going up to 8lb.
Fishing out of Whitby, the Sea Otter II, Trot On, Mistress and Libby have taken good bags of codling between 2lb and 5lb, with the better fish just tipping into double figures.
The Chieftain, on a 70-hour trip, returned with 70 stones of cod fillet – let’s hope they had plenty of room in their freezers!
The rough seas in midweek did bring a few sized codling in to the mouth of the Wear, with the Rat House Corner proving to be the top spot, giving up codling to 3½lb along with lots of undersized codling.
Further upriver there have been some good quality flounders, along with big shoals of undersized coalfish.
The best marks have been Claxheugh and the Timber Beach, both on the flood tide and using a mixture of runnydown, crab and mackerel baits.
South Shields Pier has given up a few good sized codling to 5lb with the end and The Blocks the best marks.
Small coalfish have also been taking lures and have been caught in good numbers, but no mackerel have appeared yet. When the water is flat and clear, there have been a few good plaice taking ragworm baits.
Anglers travelling to Silloth Prom are still enjoying great sport with thornback rays taking mostly fish baits and going into double figures.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake had 27 anglers out, with 15 weighing in 16 flounders, two eels and a cod – all returned to the water.
Top rod was John Robson with a 1lb 1oz flounder, with runner-up Chris Coxon catching a 14oz flounder.
Bobby Surtees was third with a 13.5oz flounder, while Willy Rowntree, Davy McCready and Seaham’s Bob Stanlick tied for fourth (11.75oz).
The Fisherman’s Locker Sweepstake, at the Timber Beach last Wednesday, had a turnout of 11 anglers who all took fish.
Winner Andy Rutherford took 18 fish for 450cm, closely followed by Tommy Tate’s 17 fish, including a 31cm bass, for 424cm. Third place went to Dave Mould with 14 fish for 348cm.
There was a tie for the longest fish between Tate and Gareth Gardiner, who both had 37cm flounders.
In the Blenny Hill Open at Claxheugh on Saturday, Lee Burton won with five fish for 151cm. Second-placed Dave McCready took four fish for 127cm and Jim Dobie had three for 90cm to take third. The longest fish was Burton’s 38cm flounder.
Little Derek’s Flounder Fanatic competition took place on Sunday.
Mark Igo won with a 33cm flounder, while Derek Evans and Lee Burton tied for second with 31cm flounders.
The junior winner was Cameron Charlesworth with a 27cm flounder.
The competition raised £102.50 for Little Derek’s Fund. Well done to all who took part.
Sunderland SAC had eight fishing at the weekend, with five weighing in fish. Peter Moir, with a codling, and Paul Robinson, with a flounder, tied for first place (1lb).
This Sunday, Seaham SAC fish for the Tuck Brothers Trophy (2-7pm)
Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is at Southwick Prom (7-10pm). There will be someone available to watch cars.
Northumberland Inshore Fishers and Conservation Authority will hold consultation meetings for interested parties to discuss revised by-laws and environmental assessment of fisheries.
The closest meeting for local anglers is at Dove Marine Lab in Cullercoats on Tuesday, July 1 (6-8pm). There will also be a NIFCA open day on Tuesday, July 8 (1-6pm) at 8 Ennerdale Road, Blyth.