THE River Wear is still seeing some good quality flounders with fish up to 2lb.
Most of the better flounders are being taken west of the Queen Alexandra Bridge, on crab and mackerel bait.
There are also lots of small coalfish and codling in the river, but a few sized fish have been taken from the White Wall area.
Roker Pier has also given up a lot of undersized codling, with one or two sized fish mixed in. There have also been the usual flounders and coalfish with the odd sized plaice. These should increase in numbers as the weather improves.
South Shields Pier is still giving the best chance of sized codling with fish up to 3½lb, along with some good sized coalfish and plaice. There have also been a few wrasse taken from The Blocks area on float-fished ragworm baits.
The Tyne has seen codling up to 4lb, with Jarrow and Hebburn Marina areas both worth a look. Crab bait is a must for these fish.
Lots of anglers from our area are travelling over to Silloth Prom to fish for thornback rays and are enjoying some success. Most of the rays are taking mackerel, sandeel and bluey baits, or a cocktail of all three.
The best rays have topped 10lb, while Terry Chapman managed one of 9lb the other day. There are also some good sized dabs and flounders at the same venue.
Boat anglers are starting to find fish over the wrecks and hard ground. Last week, a small boat fishing out of Whitburn took bags of 14 codling per angler.
Local charter boat The Sapphire fished over the wrecks last Friday and the four anglers on board took 30 cod between 2½lb and 8lb, with most of the fish taking shad lures and large squid baits. Perhaps this is the start of the spring run with anglers reporting that most of the fish were clean and fresh run.
Boats fishing out of Whiby have been catching well, with cod up to 10lb, and delivering the best fish of the week – a 52lb halibut.
Ryhope SAC’s summer pegged match at Claxheugh Rock attracted 24 anglers, who all caught a mixture of flounders and coalfish, with the top four prizes going to flounders.
Lee Burton won with 1lb 8oz, beating Davy McCready (1lb 7½oz), Sharon Stanlick (1lb 5oz) and Davy Stoker (1lb 3oz).
Saturday’s Blenny Hill Open was a close run competition with winner Lee Burton taking three fish for 98cm, followed by Rita Clark’s three for 92cm.
Steve Rackstraw finished third with two fish for 64cm. The performance of the day was from junior winner Jack Stoker, with three fish for 97cm.
The longest fish was Dave McCready’s 37cm flounder.
Seventeen anglers took part in the sweepstake at Walker in the Tyne.
Zone 1 winner Neil Cutler took seven fish for 179cm, closely followed by Micky Bell’s seven for 176cm. Zone 2 fished better, with winner Steve Potts taking 14 fish for 359cm, just ahead of Gareth Gardiner’s 14 for 353cm. The longest fish was Potts’ 35cm flounder.
This Sunday, Seaham SAC fish for the Moore Trophy (2-7pm) and on Tuesday Ryhope SAC’s summer competition is at the Business Park (7-10pm). Entry is £5, registration at the venue. This is a pegged match.
Next Sunday, May 25, sees the second Little Derek’s Flounder Fanatics competition take place at The White Wall (10.30am-2.30pm). Registration is at the venue from 9.30am.
More details are available from Anth on 07827 338934.
The Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstakes start on Sunday, June 15 at the Glass Centre in the Wear (2-6pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. This is a measure and release competition with 18cm size limit. All eels count as 25cm. The minimum hook size is 4.
In the final event, there will be a Cono-flex Flattie Beach Quiver to be won in each zone. Anglers must fish four out of the six competitions to qualify for the rod prizes. Details of further dates are available from Andy on 0191 5654183.