THE winter-like weather has caused anglers to start dusting down their tackle for the start of the season, and those who have ventured out have had some good results, with lots of codling in the 1lb to 2lb bracket, along with some better quality fish going to 5lb.
Hendon Prom has seen codling up to 3lb as well as whiting, taking lugworm baits.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden also produced fish when the sea died down, with codling up to 4lb, along with some good sized coalfish.
South Shields Pier continues to be the top spot for anglers in search of codling, with fish up to 5lb taken on some tides. Crab and lugworm have been the top bait.
Further north, Tynemouth Pier has given up good bags of codling up to 6lb and the rock marks at Whitley Bay and Blyth Beach have seen bags of up to 10 codling, mostly in the 1lb to 2lb range.
The River Wear is still seeing lots of coalfish at the Glass Centre along with some good sized flounders.
The White Wall area has given up some sized coalfish and codling up to 1½lb.
Boat anglers have had a bad time of it due to the weather, but when they did manage to get out they found a few fish. The Blueye 2, fishing out of the Tyne, had good catches of cod and ling, with the best fish a 20lb cod.
Sunderland charter boat The Sapphire took a few fish on Thursday and Saturday, with pollock up to 7lb, cod to 5lb and a 2½lb lesser spotted dogfish. Sunday was a better day despite the big swell, with anglers taking plenty of cod and ling. The best fish was a 14lb ling caught by Derby angler Steve Collins on fresh mackerel bait.
Nineteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake with all catching flounders, coalfish and eels.
Lee Burton triumphed with a flounder of 1lb ¼oz, while Alan Burton was second with flounder of 14½oz. Alan Burton also tied for third place with a 14¼oz flounder alongside Terry Mann’s coalfish.
Last Wednesday night’s Fisherman’s Locker competition was at the White Wall in the Wear with 11 anglers taking part. Winner Thomas Tate had 306cm, followed by Gareth Gardiner (292cm) and Steve Rackstraw (227cm).
On Sunday, Seaham SAC fished for the Treasurer’s Cup and saw 58 anglers competing. First place went to David Sinclair with two codling for 4.20lb.
David Stoker finished runner-up with a fish of 3lb (the heaviest single fish), then Jim Dobie took third with five fish for 2.2lb. The pairs event was won by David Sinclair fishing on his own.
Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is at The Golden Lion (7-10pm). Competitors will need a rod stand. Entry is £5.
Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition will take place at the Glass Centre (7-10pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at the venue (6.15pm).
On Saturday, Seaham SAC fish their Durham Nighthawk competition (6pm-1am).
Tickets are now on sale in local tackle shops for this year’s Seaton Sluice Open competition which takes place on Sunday, September 14 (11.30am-3.30pm).
There is a £500 prize for the heaviest bag. Entry is £13 all classes (juniors £3). Boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses Pier.
More details are available from Micky Bell on 07974 369897.
As part of the restoration project on Roker Pier, people are being asked for their views on the future of the project and how they use Roker Pier. To take part in the online survey, visit www.rokerpier.co.uk The consultation ends next Friday, September 5.