There were plenty of codling to be caught last week for those anglers tough enough to brave the weather.
Unfortunately, the bad weather meant that sea conditions were too heavy which meant that a lot of marks couldn’t be fished.
Dean Turnbull fished The Blocks at the bottom of Seaham South Pier to take a cracking cod of 12lb 8oz.
The Target at Ryhope has seen codling up to 5lb with high water fishing better than low.
The cliff marks between The Target and The Falls have also seen codling. Last week, Peter Appleby and Gary Blanchard took a bag of 24 codling.
The south end of the prom at Hendon has been the most productive spot with bags of up to five codling going to 3lb taken.
In the River Wear, there have also been codling up to 3lb, with The White Wall the best mark.
The Rat House Corner has seen codling, whiting and flounders with most of the codling taken on the first of the flood tide and the whiting up to high tide.
Roker Pier was closed more than it was open, but on the days it was accessible, there were codling to 4½ lb and some big whiting taken from the end of the pier.
Further inshore, there were codling up to 5lb from The Barrier.
South Shields Pier was again the top mark for anglers chasing codling, with bags of up to ten fish caught.
The best spot was the end of the pier over low water. On the flood tide, The Blocks Post and Rail End all produced fish.
In the River Tyne, the prom at Walker Riverside Park has produced the best results, with bags of up to six codling going to 3lb, along with a few good whiting and the usual flounders taken.
Further north, the rock marks at Howick, Beadnell, Craster and Amble give the best chance of a quality fish with all of them producing fish to 8lb last week.
Six out of the 20 anglers who fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake weighed in nine cod.
First was Barrie Stowell (3lb) from The Target, Richie Carr was runner up (2lb 1 oz) from Souter.
Micky Davison also fished The Target to take third place (2lb), then Paul Riley was fourth (1lb 15oz) from Marsden.
Last Wednesday night’s competition on South Shields Pier saw 15 anglers competing with the top three heaviest single fish coming from the Round Head.
First was J.Wardropper with a codling of 3lb 4oz. Second placed L.Douglas had a fish of 2lb 1oz and then in third was L.Ridley with 2lb 6oz.
Tommy Tate fished the shore side of The Blocks to take the heaviest bag with five codling for 8lb 11oz.
Forty anglers competed in the Newbiggin RLNI Open competition on Saturday, which was won by junior angler Bobby Thompson with 11 flat fish for 7lb 12oz.
Runner-up Ashley Gray had eight fish for 5lb 3oz, then Liam Ord took third with five fish for 4lb 12oz. Ord also took the heaviest flat fish title with 1lb 6oz.
The heaviest round fish was won by Paul Sample’s coalfish at 15oz.
The junior winner was Nathan Riddell with six fish for 4lb 3oz and the women’s title winner was Katie Henderson, with three fish for 2lb 13oz.
Sunderland SAC had eight fishing at the weekend, with two weighing in two codling and two flounders.
Winner Paul Robinson had a codling (1lb 4oz which was the heaviest single fish) and a flounder for a total of 2lb 1oz, whilst Henry Antliffe also had a codling and a flounder for 2lb.
Ryhope SAC saw a good turnout of 63 anglers on Sunday.
Paul Hossack fished in the River Wear to take his winning bag of five codling for 4,325g.
Second was Anth Williams, who fished The Target to catch a codling of 1,275g which was also the heaviest single fish.
Third place went to Ken Haley with 1,240g. The heaviest flat fish was caught by John Porteous – a 750g flounder and the junior winner was Ryan Taylor with 1,035g.
Seaham SAC enjoyed an even better turnout of 89 anglers for the Kirton Cup competition on Sunday.
Sixteen anglers weighed in 49 fish (87.45lb). Winner Gary Pye took six fish for 10.74lb and was closely followed by Glen Appleby with five fish for 10.29lb. Just as close behind in third was Ian Ainsley with five fish for 10.12lb.
The heaviest single fish was Ainsley’s 4.70lb codling. The pairs’ event was won by Pye with Danny Swan with 11 fish for 12.83lb.
Forty five anglers competed in the Dave Jobson memorial match, with 11 of them weighing in fish.
First was James Patterson with two cod 13lb 3oz and also had the heaviest fish – 10lb 1oz. George Hornby was runner-up with a single cod at 7lb 10oz
Whilst Peter Stewart caught five cod for 7lb 5oz to take third.
Ten out of 28 anglers returned fish to the scales in Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match.
First with three fish from Frenchman’s Bay was J.Brennin (6lb 12oz), runner-up D.Browne took four fish from the pier to take second place (5lb).
Third place went to S.Taarland with two fish from Frenchman’s Bay (4lb 1oz). The heaviest single fish was caught from Jacky’s Beach by D.Hall (4lb).
For those anglers who aren’t superstitious, Seaham’s Badger Open takes place tomorrow (7- 11pm).
Entry is £10 plus optional pools. Registration and weigh in are at Seaham HQ.
Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake will take place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in at Ryhope Community Centre.