HENDON promenade has started to produce small whiting and codling in the hours of darkness, fishing over high water, with the south end of the promenade providing the best results.
Crab, lugworm and mackerel strip are proving to be the best baits.
The Ryhope area has started to see codling, with the best being around 3lb. The Target and The Manhole have been the best marks.
Boat anglers have had a really difficult time with the high tides and bad weather. As a result, most local boats stayed in port.
The River Wear is still giving up flounder, although there has been a lot of small fish in with them.
Crab, mackerel and fresh black lugworm have proved to be the best baits.
Small codling and coalfish have also come from the glass centre promenade and there have also been codling and coalfish at the top end of the White Wall over low water. The Rat House Corner on the old north pier has seen flounder, coalfish and codling up to 1.5lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have given up codling to 4lb and bags of up to five fish, with The Shelf and Wherry at Whitburn and Souter Point, Johnson’s, The Black Path and Frenchman’s Point all worth a look.
South Shields Pier has still been producing codling up to 3lb, as well as a lot of undersized fish. There has also been lots of coalfish and launce sand eels on lures. A few whiting have also been caught in the hours of darkness.
The Tyne has started to produce a few sized codling from Church Bank and Hebburn Marina, along with some good sized flounders.
North of the Tyne, there have been some good codling up to 6lb from the rock marks. This was proved by Sunday’s Seaton Sluice competition. The Beacons, at Newbiggin, have fished well, as have Craster and Seahouses.
Ryhope’s competition last Tuesday night saw 12 anglers taking part. Lee Burton claimed first place with a 2lb 11oz codling from The Manhole, with Dave Mould runner-up thanks to a 2lb 6oz codling. Burton also took third place with a 1lb 7oz codling.
Wednesday’s competition was on South Shields Pier. Winner Andy Rutherford took a codling of 2lb 4oz. Second-placed Leno Fenech had a codling of 1lb 8oz and the heaviest bag went to Mick Bell, with four codling for 5lb 7oz.
The Blenny Hill competition was fished on Saturday at the White Wall, with winner Rita Clark taking two flounders for 58cm, closely followed by her husband, Jack Clark, also with two flounders for 55cm.
Third-placed Paul Edwards was not far away with his two fish amounting to 53cm. The longest fish was a tie between Rita and Jack Clark, who both had flounders of 30cm.
On Sunday, Seaham Sea Anglers fished for the William Holman Trophy.
Gary Ramsden triumphed with a single codling of 3.09lb, the heaviest single fish. Second, with a pollock of 1.4lb, was Paul Edwards, while Dean Ambler produced a codling of 1.31lb for third. Ramsden also won the pairs event with Dave Burwell
Ryhope Sea Anglers fished their first winter league match on Sunday with a turnout of 57 anglers.
Winner Paul Hossack fished Marsden to take three codling for 2,530g, including the heaviest round fish of 1,435g.
Second-placed Alan Burton fished the Tyne to take two codling and two flounders for 2,405g, while Dave Mould also fished the Tyne and produced three codling for 1,740g to seal third place. The heaviest flat fish went to junior Matthew Win, who weighed in a 630g flounder, which also secured the junior prize.
The first big open of the winter, the Seaton Sluice, was also fished on Sunday, with 220 senior and seven junior anglers taking part. In all, 73 anglers brought 165 fish back to the scales for a weight of 379lb.
First-placed Andy Hooper fished The Beacons at Newbiggin to take his winning catch of 22lb 2oz.
Runner-up James Parker had a bag of 17lb 8oz, with Steve Williams third (14lb 3oz). Joe Greaves had the heaviest round fish, a cod of 6lb 3oz. The heaviest flat fish (11oz) was landed by D Ashcroft and the junior winner was Charlie Hall (2lb 3oz).
Sunderland SAC had nine out at the weekend, with three weighing in three flounders. Henry Antliffe won with a nice flounder of 2lb 3oz, while Alan Walker and John Robinson were joint second with 1lb.
A belated result from August 24 saw Walker win with a 1lb 12oz flounder from S. Conlin (1lb 5oz) and R. Carr (1lb 3oz).
Cleadon SAC fished their weekly match on Monday night, with 11 out of the 26 anglers returning to the scales with fish.
Winner A. Heeley had two fish for a weight of 8lb 2oz, including the heaviest fish (5lb 4oz). Second place went to B. Heslop, who bagged two fish for 5lb 1oz. B. Lea claimed third with a single fish of 3lb 8oz.
On Tuesday, Ryhope SAC have their heaviest fish competition (7-10pm). Entry is £5. Registration (6.15pm) and weigh-in (by 10.45pm) is at the Village Tavern.
The Wednesday competition is back on South Shields pier (7.30-10.30pm) with registration at the pier gates (6.15pm). Entry is £10 with a 100 per cent pay-out. All welcome!