LOCAL anglers, frustrated that Roker Pier remains closed, have moved to Hendon Prom and are enjoying the ease of access and the fact that it is producing codling to 2lb!
Flounders are still plentiful in the Wear, with the best areas being Claxheugh and the Business Park.
A few have also been taken at the Golden Lion and, on Saturday, 15-year-old Aidan Bates caught a seabass of 2.5-3lb on crab bait from the Wear underneath the A19 bridge.
South Shields Pier continues to produce coalfish, dabs, flounders and one or two late plaice, along with lots of codling (the majority of which are just about on size), with the best going to 3lb.
The Walkway and The Groyne, at the mouth of the Tyne, have given up flounders and whiting along with good bags of codling up to 2½lb and should fish better this week on smaller tides.
Boat anglers found it hard work over the weekend due to the very big tides, but some boats still managed to find quality fish. Two anglers fishing on a private boat nine miles out of Seaham had a good day, with a 21lb cod caught on their first drop. They went on to take another fish of 11lb, along with a 5lb pollock.
Local boat Topline fished the wrecks off Sunderland on Sunday, with Baz Wright taking the best fish after a 15-minute battle to boat it – a 20lb ling caught on a spinning rod using squid bait.
Local charter boat The Sapphire also found it hard work with the size of the tides, fishing wrecks six to 10 miles offshore. They still managed to catch cod to 8lb along with lots of mackerel and whiting.
Twenty two anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake with six weighing in six cod and one whiting. Top rod was Paul Richardson with a 1lb 15oz cod from the Walkway. In second place was Davey Mould with a 1lb 7oz cod from Rat House Corner, whilst in third place was Bobby Surtees with a 1lb 6oz cod from the Glass Centre.
Sunday’s Seaton Sluice Open saw a cracking turnout of 277 anglers with 113 weighing in a total of 260 fish for 565lb.
The heaviest round fish title went to Sunderland angler Michael Raine (7lb 10oz), with N. Ruane taking the heaviest flat fish (14oz). Aaron Sinclair (5lb 1oz) won the junior title.
Top rod was Ian Greenacre, with a total of bag of 23lb 10oz, followed by Sunderland’s Richie Carr with 17lb 10oz and Phil Gee (16lb 8oz).
Seaham SAC’s Angus Mills club competition also took place on Sunday, with 13 of the 69 competitors weighing in 17 fish for 12lb.
Marie Sardag triumphed with two cod for 2.13lb, while runner-up Paul Edwards weighed in a cod and a pouting for 1.88lb. Geordie Heron took third place, and the heaviest single fish prize, with a 1.62lb pollock.
The pairs event was won by Sardag and Matty Swan with two fish for 2.13lb, followed by Edwards and Davey Wood (1.88lb).
Sunderland SAC had 14 fishing at the weekend, with seven weighing in seven flounders. Billy Gamblin won (1lb 7oz), followed by Alan Walker (1lb 4oz), with Peter Moir and Ronnie Head (14oz) joint third.
Ryhope SAC fished their first winter league competition, with 64 anglers taking part.
Winner Bobby Surtees fished the Tyne to take four whiting and two flounders for 1,800g. Runner-up Steve Harriman had 1,100g, closely followed by his brother Wayne Harriman (1,060g). Steve Harriman had the heaviest flat fish at 685g. Steve Maw fished Marsden to take the heaviest round fish, a 910g codling. The junior winner was Daniel Tate with two flounders (400g).
The final Rutherford’s Cono-flex League match was fished at the Tyne Business Park, with Ken McCoy’s 25 fish for 410cm winning the day from John Stead’s 20 for 361cm and Andy Rutherford’s 11 for 200cm
Cleadon Club’s match on Monday night saw 13 of the 26 entries weighing in fish. Top rod, with three fish, was Ian McLachlan (4lb 5oz), followed by Terry Wood (3lb 5oz) and Stevie Gordon (2lb 15oz), including the heaviest fish, a 1lb 14oz codling.
The Open Boat Angling Competition will take place on Sunday, weather permitting (8am-4pm). Tickets are on sale from Royal Quays Marina and local tackle shops. More information is available from Sam Harris on 0191 5184561.
Sunday also sees the RNLI competition (11am-5pm). Registration is at Sue’s Café on Marine Walk (9.30-10.30am). There are open boundaries with weigh-in from 5.30-6pm at Sue’s Café. Entry is £2 per rod plus two small pieces of tackle (which will be pooled together for the winner). All money raised will go to the RNLI. More information is available by calling 07862 799332.
Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Register at the Village Tavern at 5.45pm.
Tickets are now on sale for the Seaham Open on Sunday, October 20. With a first prize of £1,000, there’s sure to be a lot of interest in this popular fixture. More details to follow next week.
Disabled members of Seaham SAC who wish to renew their passes for Seaham Hall Beach Prom, must do so by 25 November.
Passes can be renewed at Seaham SAC HQ.