SOUTH Shields Pier is performing pretty much true to form with fish being caught one day and then none the next.
On the good days, there have been codling to 4lb on The Blocks and The Round End.
From The Small Wall, there have been lots of launce sandeel, and even more small coalfish taking small white lures.
There have still been a few mackerel from the Pier, mostly taken on daylites and spinners.
Seaham South Pier has produced dogfish and codling up to 3lb, along with small coalfish and pollock on float-fished ragworm.
The bottom end of the Wear is giving up flounders, coalfish and the odd codling up to 2lb, mostly on crab baits.
At the moment, there are a lot of very small codling and whiting in the river, taking any type of bait – please remember to unhook these fish carefully and return them to the water as soon as possible.
The Old North Pier has also seen coalfish, flounder and codling, but there have been no reports of mackerel.
The repair works to Roker Pier are running to schedule, so providing that the good weather continues, all works should be complete by November.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have produced bags of up to five codling, mostly 1lb to 2lb, but with some going to 4lb.
North of the Tyne, there have been plenty codling from the Newbiggin area, mostly between 1½lb and 3lb.
Lynemouth Beach has fished very well, giving up good bags of codling up to 3lb along with the odd good plaice up to 2lb and on Saturday night there was a 3½lb turbot taken.
Local boats have been finding fish with codling up to 11lb taken on hokki and daylite lures baited with mackerel or ragworm. Most boats have averaged six to 10 fish a man.
Boats travelling 10 miles offshore fishing over the wrecks have taken cod to 10lb and ling to 15lb on pirks, shad lures and large squid and mackerel baits.
A small boat fishing two miles off Whitburn took a fantastic cod of 22lb 5oz.
Tyne boat JFK2 has had some good catches with some trips resulting in more than 100 fish, including cod and ling to 15lb, plus wolf-fish and pollock.
The biggest fish ever taken on rod and line from a kayak has been caught by Joel Abrahamsson – an incredible 1,247lb Greenland shark. The predator was pulled up from 1,600ft of water and the epic battle was captured by a TV crew.
Nineteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake and all caught coalfish, eels and flounders, which took all four prizes. Dave Alderson (1lb 4.25) won, followed bt Davey Stoker (1lb 0.25). Jimmy Dobie took third place (1lb) and Derek Ross fourth (14 oz).
Last week’s Wednesday night competition was at the Glass Centre and saw 10 anglers taking part, with winner Joe Gibson reaching 192cm to finish ahead of the field.
Second place went to Neil Cuttler with 173cm and Dave McCready was third with 143cm. The longest fish was Dave Mould’s 34cm codling.
Eight anglers competed in Saturday’s Blenny Hill Open.
Top rod Micky Davison had four fish for 113cm, then Dave McCready took second with three fish for 83cm, including the longest fish – a 31cm flounder. Rita Clark was narrowly beaten into third place with three fish for 80cm.
Sunderland Sea Anglers’ competition on Sunday had eight competitors.
Winner Peter Moir fished Marsden to take the winning fish of 1lb 7oz. Runner-up Henry Antcliff caught 1lb 2oz, while third place was a tie between Alan Walker and Ronnie Head, both with 1lb.
Cleadon SAC’s season began again on Monday, with 30 fishing of which 14 returned with fish.
P. Fenwick had the heaviest fish (4lb 3oz) and the heaviest bag (6lb 3oz), from Camels Island. Runner-up G. Stobbs had three fish (3lb 15ozs) from Souter, while L. Kellett took third place with a single fish (3lb 5oz from Marsden Rock.
Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake has returned to the sea (7-10pm). Registration (5.45pm to 6.20pm) and weigh-in (10.15pm to 10.45pm) will be at the Village Tavern.
Roker Pier is out of bounds due to the repair works, so South Shields Pier is inbounds until Roker Pier is reopened.
Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition will take place at The Glass Centre (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at the venue.
Ryhope SAC start their winter season on Sunday (3-7pm) and Seaham SAC will be fishing for the William Holman Trophy (3-8pm).
The first of the big open competitions takes place on Sunday – the Seaton Sluice Open (11.30am-3.30pm). First prize for the heaviest bag is £500. Entry is £13, with tickets on sale now in tackle shops.
The boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses Pier. More details are available from Mick on 07974 369897.