LAST week’s tidal surge may have done some damage to our sea fronts and piers, but, on the plus side, it also brought plenty of fish with it.
The beaches at Easington and Horden gave up codling to 6lb along with good bags of whiting. Seaham Hall Beach and Hendon Prom also fished well when accessible, with bags of up to six codling up to 4lb.
The cliff marks at Ryhope produced some good quality fish, with Alan Robinson taking a bag of eight fish to 6lb 10oz.
The mouth of the River Wear fished well, with good bags of whiting up to 1¼lb coming from the Rat House Corner, Glass Centre prom and Panns Bank. There were also good codling in the river, with fish up to 6lb taken on the Rat House Corner and to 3lb from the White Wall.
Whitburn beach fished well on Friday night with anglers taking codling to 6lb on runnydown and lug baits. The cliff marks at Whitburn and Marsden gave up good fish to 8lb.
The same day, the bottom of South Shields Pier saw bags of up to seven codling to 4lb. The best one, however, was taken further up the pier by a local angler and weighed 12lb 6oz.
Further north, there have been cod to 10lb from Cullercoats Harbour, and Blyth Beach has produced good bags of codling, with bags of 15lb common. Lynemouth beach is the venue most anglers are heading to as it has seen excellent fish, with some anglers taking home 20lb+ bags, with the best around 7lb.
Boat anglers uptide fishing close inshore are still finding plenty of fish. Local charter boat The Sapphire fished off Whitburn on Saturday but had to wait until darkness fell before the fish started to feed. They then took 40 codling of 2½-6½lb. Crab, runnydown and mussel were top baits.
Eleven anglers fished Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake last Tuesday, but only four weighed in four cod.
Top rod was Richie Carr with a 5lb 3½oz fish from Whitburn. Runner-up Lee Burton took a 2lb 10oz cod from Ryhope, while Micky Rich, fishing Whitburn, and Chris Hossack, who fished Roker Pier, tied for third place (1lb 13oz).
Friday night saw the last Blenny Hill Open of 2013 take place.
Only seven anglers turned out, with all but two catching fish. Davie Wood triumphed with six fish for 181cm, ahead of Paul Edwards’ six (including the longest at 35cm) for 169cm and third-placed Jack Clark’s five for 149cm.
Organisers thanked everyone who has supported the competition, which will return in March.
Sunderland SAC had 17 fishing at the weekend, with 11 weighing in. Ross Carr won with two flounders and seven whiting for 9lb 11oz, with Steve Conlin, with six whiting and a cod, and John Robinson, with six whiting, tied for second (6lb 9oz). The heaviest fish was Peter Moir’s 5lb 13oz cod.
Seaham SAC fished their Christmas competition on Sunday, with 76 taking part and 38 weighing in 138lb.
Winner S. Sanderson caught two fish for 7.66lb (including the heaviest, a 6,93lb cod), followed by R. Davison’s six for 4.24lb and P. Westmorland’s five for 3.88lb. The pairs prize went to R. Davison and G. Hope with nine fish for 6.38lb.
The Whitley Bay Festival had 132 competitors, with 54 weighing in. Winner Shaun Brannan took five fish from Dulce Carrs for 9lb 14oz, ahead of Gary Erskine’s two for 9lb 12oz and Kenny Bowen’s four for 9lb 5oz. The heaviest single fish was Norman Spours’ 7lb 4oz cod from Cullernose Point. Junior winner Robbie Farrel caught two fish for 2lb 3oz.
Ryhope’s club competition on Sunday had 56 anglers.
Winner Paul Richardson fished the Rat House Corner to take 16 whiting for 5,615g. Runner-up Richie Carr fished Marsden Cliff for two codling for 5,165g, with Anth Williams landing 14 whiting for 5,145g in third. The heaviest single fish was Wayne Harriman’s 2,675g codling, with T. Mann having the heaviest flat fish, a 555g flounder. Junior winner Daniel Tate landed 3,930g.
On Monday night, Cleadon SAC had four of 29 anglers weighing in.
Geordie Stobbs won with two codling from South Shields Pier for 8lb 2oz, including the heaviest at 7lb 4oz, and was awarded the Ray Bardwell Memorial Trophy. Runner-up Neil Turner had three codling from Shields Pier for 3lb 14oz, while Alan Heeley took a 1lb 7oz codling from The Groyne, narrowly beating Paul Fenwick (1lb 15oz codling from Marsden) into fourth.
This Sunday, Ryhope SAC fish their Christmas competition (11am-4pm) and there is the Seaham Town Council Open (noon-5pm), with a £500 first prize, plus £350 for second, £250 for third and £100 for fourth. Entry is £10 for all classes.
There will also be an optional pairs event at £2 per team, heaviest bag £1 and sealed weight £1. Registration (10-11.30am) and weigh-in (5.15-6pm) are at Seaham SAC HQ.
The boundaries are north Hendon Groyne to the Saddleback Rock in Hawthorn Hive, with Seaham North Pier pegged one to 100. More details are available from 0191 5810321.
Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday sweepstake (7-10pm), takes place as usual next week, with registration at the Village Tavern.
A couple of dates for the diary include Seaham SAC’s Badger Open on Friday, December 20 (7-11pm). Entry is £10, with registration and weigh-in at Seaham SAC HQ.
The 37th Amble Sea Angling Competition will take place on Sunday, January 5 (9am-2pm). This is a very popular competition and usually has a big turnout. Competition HQ and registration is at the Radcliffe Club in Amble from 7am. Entry is £12 all classes. The total prize fund is approximately £6,000.