We’ve seen good quality whiting in our area over the last week, with bags of up to 20 fish a session being caught.
The mouth of the River Wear has proved to be the best area, with top venues being the Rat House Corner and the old North Pier.
The Glass Centre prom, Fish Quay prom and Panns Bank have also given up fish.
Lugworm tipped with mackerel strip has been the best bait for the whiting.
Claxheugh has given up good bags of up to 15 flounders, going to 1½lb taken on frozen runnydown and mackerel strip.
Anglers are reminded to safely return these fish to the water as they will be getting ready to spawn soon.
Roker Pier has also given up whiting, along with some good codling in the 5-6lb bracket, with Richie Carr managing to catch a one of 6lb 10oz on Sunday.
Fish to 5lb have come out of the bay side of the pier, at the first steps.
Rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden are still producing fish with codling up to 6lb, but not in any great quantities.
Anglers are reporting a catch of one to two fish a session.
South Shields Pier has produced codling, coalfish and whiting.
The whiting have come from the end of the pier along with codling to 3lb.
The Post has also fished well for coalfish and codling up to 2lb.
The best fish of the week was taken by Bob Coates, from inside the pier gates and weighed 6lb 12oz.
The River Tyne is also still producing codling up to 4lb, along with whiting and flounders, with crab being a must for the codling.
Further north, the Amble area has fished well for codling with the best up to 8lb.
Chris Hopkins fished at Cambois to take a cracking bag of 12 codling for 30lb with the best going to 9lb 2oz.
Eight fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake with five weighing in seven cod and a whiting.
Micky Newton took top spot with a cod of 4lb. Scott Paxton was runner-up with a cod of 3.05lb, followed by Richie Carr with a fish of 2lb – all were caught from Whitburn.
On Sunday, Sunderland SAC had 16 fishing, with six weighing in codling, whiting and flounders.
First was Paul Robinson with 21 whiting for 18lb 5oz, then John Robinson with 16 whiting for 14lb 5oz, followed by Richie Carr with three cod and a whiting for 12lb 6oz.
Carr’s bag included the heaviest fish which was a nice cod of 6lb 10oz. Monday night’s Cleadon SAC Fur and Feather match saw a turnout of 25, with eight weighing in fish.
Stevie Taarland’s single codling of 4lb 5oz, from Marsden, saw him take the top spot and the heaviest single fish title.
Bob Heslop’s solitary codling of 4lb 2oz, from South Shields Pier, secured him second place, whilst Rob Wells, also with a single codling of 4lb from Marsden, took third.
Two competitions are scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve.
Ryhope SAC will be holding a £10 per entry sweepstake with 100 per cent payout for the heaviest single fish (12-4pm).
Registration and weigh-in (5pm prompt) will take place in the car park at the rear of The Village Tavern.
Also that day, there is a measure and release competition at the Glass Centre (11-3pm).
All fish over 20cm to count. Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at the venue.
Ryhope SAC’s first competition of the year will take place on Sunday, January 5, 2014 (2-6pm).
Sunderland SAC will also be out (3-7pm). That same day, the Amble Open takes place (9-2pm).
Competition HQ and registration is at the Radcliffe Club in Amble. Entry is £12, all classes.
Gentoo will be running another free fishing event for the over-60’s on Wednesday, January 8 (11-2pm) at the White Wall, Panns Bank.
All equipment is provided and the event is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced anglers. For more information contact Gemma Carrick on 0191 525 5000.
Looking further ahead, Sunday, January 12, sees Little Derek’s Fishing for Funds heaviest fish competition taking place (2-6pm).
Entry is £10 (juniors £5). Tickets are now on sale in tackle shops. Weigh-in (by 6.45pm) is at The Wolsey pub.
Boundaries are Hebburn Marina, in the Tyne, to Queen Alexandra Bridge, in the Wear, including Roker Pier and South Shields Pier, if open.
More details are available from Anth on 07827 338 934.
H Ryhope SAC will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Monday, December 30, at Ryhope Cricket Club. All members are asked to attend.