ANGLERS have been spoilt for choice this week, with most marks producing fish.
Roker Pier gave up some big whiting and what they lacked in quantity they certainly made up for in size with some going over 2lb.
There were also codling around, with most being taken from the end of the pier on the first of the flood tide. The average size was 2lb, with the best going to 8lb.
The Rat House Corner on the Old North Pier has again seen some great fishing, with good sized whiting and flounders, as well as codling up to 7lb.
Similarly, the prom at the Glass Centre has also fished well with bags of up to 10 whiting, flounders and codling to 3lb being taken.
Over low water, Roker Beach fished well for codling up to 6lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have produced some quality codling with most fish in the 5lb to 6½lb bracket.
The best areas have been around Souter Lighthouse.
South Shields Pier has performed well for whiting in the hours of darkness and also produced some good bags of codling with a lot of these coming on the inshore marks on the pier.
One angler fishing inshore off The Rubble took six codling to 6lb.
Further north, anglers have found some good cod, with the areas between Howick and Amble producing cod up to 10lb. Andrew Boyle fished St. Mary’s Island to take a cod of 10lb on lug, squid and bluey bait.
Boat anglers struggled to put to sea due to the weather. The Sapphire made an attempt on Saturday but had to return to shore as most of the passengers on board were seasick!
A further attempt was made on Monday when they went up-tide fishing at Whitburn and took cod to 8lb and lost a double-figure conger eel. The day ended with 45 cod being caught and only 15 returned to the water.
Sunderland angler Ian Dixon took 13 cod from 3lb to 8lb. Micky Newton took five cod between 3lb and 5lb while the other three anglers took cod to 4lb. Most of the catch was taken on black lug, mussel and squid.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC Sweepstake saw seven of the 14 entrants weighing in seven cod and two whiting.
Micky Newton won with a 5lb 9oz cod from Whitburn, with Richy Carr taking second and fourth places with cod of 4lb 3oz and 3lb from Whitburn, while Paul Riley was third with a 4lb 2oz cod from Marsden.
Sunderland SAC had 14 fishing at the weekend, with half weighing in mainly whiting. Winner Billy Gamblin had five whiting for 4lb 8oz, followed by runner-up Robbie Feenan’s 4lb 2oz cod, which was also the heaviest single fish. Henry Antliffe was third with four whiting for 2lb 15oz.
Ryhope SAC’s club competition had 71 anglers out on Sunday.
Winner Lee Burton chose The Target to take two codling for 3,660g, while runner-up John Lovett fished the Wear and took six whiting for 2,195g. Third placed Paul Hossack finished with two codling for 1,806g.
Lee Burton’s 2,380g codling was the heaviest round fish and the heaviest flat fish was Gaz Watson’s cracking 1,030g flounder.
The junior winner was Tony Smith with a codling and a whiting from the Glass Centre for 1,100g.
Seaham SAC cancelled their club competition due to the bad weather.
Five out of 29 competitors in Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match weighed in fish. Winner and captor of the heaviest single fish was Dave Hall with a 8lb 7oz cod from Whitburn. Paul Harrison was next with two codling at 7lb 8oz, while Paul Rogers took third with a codling of 6lb 7oz from Marsden.
Ryhope SAC will fish their club competition this Sunday (3-7pm) and their sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm) with registration at The Village Tavern in Ryhope.
Blyth SAC will hold the 19th David Jobson Memorial match on Sunday,February 16 (8am-noon), with a £200 first prize. Entry is £10 for adults – juniors are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration (6.30-7.15am) and weigh in (12.30-1.15pm) take place at The Sea Horse (415 Plessey Road).
Boundaries are the Ice House in the Tyne to Pattersons Garage at Beadnell, excluding all rivers.
More information is available from Nigel Howitt on 07988 465416.
The grand total raised in the Little Derek’s Fishing for Funds competition was a fantastic £4981.25.