AT the beginning of last week, the whiting were still around in good numbers – taken mostly after dark, along with dabs and flounders, particularly from Roker Pier and the Rat House Corner.
When the seas came away last Thursday, the Ryhope area gave up good bags of codling, with rumours of a 14lb cod coming from The Target.
Darren Donnelly took a fish of 7lb 10oz from Hill 60, the weight of which was verified in a local tackle shop. Anyone taking a good fish can call into a tackle shop to have it weighed accurately. Tackle dealers, I’m sure, will be very pleased to oblige.
When Roker Pier reopened, there were once again good bags of whiting along with codling up to 4lb for the taking.
Hendon Prom also gave up good codling on Thursday with bags of up to six fish going up to 2½lb.
South Shields Pier fished poorly with just a few good whiting and the odd codling to 3lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have given up a few codling up to 3lb, but nothing like what you’d expect at this time of year.
Boat anglers are managing to take fish as close in as a few hundred yards, making it a mystery why these fish aren’t coming in close enough for shore anglers to take.
The Wear is still producing good-sized flounders, with the best areas being Claxheugh and The Timer Beach. Anglers should unhook these fish carefully and return them to the water.
Further north, Craster Harbour, Cullernose Point and Beadnell have all fished well for cod with bags of fish over 20lb in weight – mostly in the 6-9lb range – being caught. John Gilbertson had a cod of 10lb 10oz and Tony Rutherford just missed out on a double figure fish (9lb 15oz).
Boat anglers uptiding in the Whitburn area had mixed results last week. The Sapphire fished on Saturday and took 12 codling to 5lb. On the same day, The Topline took five codling to 4lb.
The top performing boat this week has to be The Samson 2, with six anglers aboard who took 31 codling between 2-8lb. They kept 17 out of the 31 codling and returned the rest to the water. They also had some very good whiting with the best going to 2½lb. All the fish were taken on a combination of rag, lug and bluey.
Last Tuesday night’s Ryhope sweepstake had 11 fishing with six weighing in one cod, a flounder and six whiting. Andy Rutherford won with a 2lb 4oz cod at Marsden, beating Paul Hossack’s 1lb 10oz flounder from the White Wall, while Gateshead’s Craig Smiles was third and fourth with two whiting of 1lb 4oz and 1lb 3oz from the Round Head at Roker Pier.
Competition anglers were looking forward to a whiting bonanza on Sunday, but to say that the sea came away is an understatement.
Anglers were forced off the piers and the whiting went into deeper water. Seaham’s John Wylie Open attracted 65 entrants, with only seven bringing fish to the scales. Winner P. Appleby fished the North Pier (until the sea got too big) to take a 7.13lb cod, while runner-up S. Dixon chose the Blast Beach to take a 5.18lb cod. Third place went to M. Booth (4.13lb).
Theaviest bag went to Dixon with two fish for 7.82lb and the pairs event went to P. Appleby and D. Appleby (7.13lb).
Ryhope Sea Anglers had 72 anglers taking part in their club competition, with most anglers sheltering in the Wear.
The Glass Centre provided S. Moore with his winning weight of 1,275g, closely followed by junior angler D. Tate (1,265) and third-placed C.Smith (1,260g). The heaviest round fish went to K. Waters (705g codling), while Tate took the heaviest flat fish (530g flounder), along with the junior title.
On Monday, Cleadon SAC saw 26 fishing with only four weighing in. Top rod was David Carrick with two codling (4lb 13oz) from South Shields Pier, followed by Paul Rogers’ single codling (4lb), the heaviest fish, caught from Marsden Beach. Micky Mouat chose Frenchman’s Bay to catch his codling (2lb 8oz) for third place.
Tomorrow night, Seaham SAC stage their Badger Open (7-11pm). Registration and weigh-in is at Seaham’s HQ. Entry fee is £5 plus optional pools.
On Sunday, Sunderland SAC have a club competition (3-7pm), while there will be a catch and release match at the River Wear Business Park (3-7pm).
Registration is at the venue and entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. This will be pegged, with no crab or white worm bait. Anything caught counts.
More details from Ken McCoy on 07989 811941.
Ryhope SAC will hold their Tuesday night sweepstake (7-10pm) with registration and weigh in at the back of Ryhope Tavern.
Many North East anglers enjoy fishing trips to Norway in the quest for a large fish. This year there will be a shore fishing festival held there for the first time from November 14-21. If you break a Norwegian record, you could be in with the chance of winning a holiday. For more information and bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nordicsportfishing.com