The continuing bad weather last week brought the codling in to feed, with most areas producing good bags.
Hendon Prom fished very well, although not on all tides, with fish up to 7lb being caught.
Ken McCoy took a bag of eight codling up to 2½lb with lugworm bait from there last Tuesday night.
Paul Riley fished one of his favourite marks at Ryhope last Wednesday and took a 10lb cod on lug and ragworm bait.
On Friday night, Micky Rich fished The Shelf at Whitburn and took a cod of 9lb 8oz, meanwhile, a 11lb cod was taken from The Shelf at Marsden.
The biggest fish reported last week was a cracking 17lb 8oz cod caught by Karl McLaughlin, which came from Cullercoats.
Although the fishing was good last week, it was unpredictable as some areas fished well on one tide and then were completely lacking in fish on the next.
Lugworm and runnydown seem to be the top bait for catching codling, with crab, razorfish and mussel a close second.
Roker Pier has been closed for the best part of the week because of the weather, but when it opened on Monday, there were good bags of whiting up to 1½lb taken on mackerel strip baits.
South Shields Pier has given up cod to 7lb along with a few good whiting.
The Wear and Tyne have not fished well due to the vast amount of fresh water coming down, but will hopefully return to normal soon.
The Ryhope area fished well last week for codling, with the best areas being Hill 60, The Target and the Broken Steps.
Sunderland charter boat, The Sapphire, enjoyed a good catch of codling on Sunday fishing off Souter Point.
Fishing at anchor and up-tiding, anglers took the odd codling to 5lb during daylight hours.
After darkness fell, the fish came in to feed and using black lug tipped with squid and crab baits, anglers took codling between 4½lb and 5lb, along with some big whiting up to 2lb.
The best fish of the session was a 16lb cod, taken by Sunderland angler Steve Wilson.
H Last Tuesday, due to the Sunderland match and the monsoon conditions, there were only 10 hardy souls turned out to fish Ryhope’s sweepstake with only three weighing in three cod and one whiting.
Top rod was Bobby Surtees with a cod of 2lb from Seaburn Beach.
Chris Hosssack was second with a cod of 1lb 7oz from Hendon prom and third-placed Mick Davison also had a cod of 1lb 3oz from Seaburn beach.
H Sunderland SAC had 12 fishing on Sunday with five weighing in whiting.
John Robinson took the top prize with three whiting for 2lb 11oz and the heaviest fish of 1lb 1oz.
Second was Henry Antliffe with two whiting for 1lb 3oz and finally in third place was Alan Walker with one whiting of 14oz.
H Seaham SAC fished their Christmas competition on Sunday. Forty nine anglers took part with 14 bringing fish to the scales.
First place went to Micky Grey with four codling for 6.41lb. Andy Clegg was runner up with a codling of 5.82lb which was also the heaviest single fish.
Third place was taken by Paul Westmoorland with two fish for 4.92lb.
The pairs title was taken by Grey and Denny Halliday with six fish for 9.53lb.
Second place in the pairs went to Dean Furness and Micky Davison with three fish for 5.81lb.
H Ryhope SAC was out again on Sunday for their club competition and saw a fantastic turnout of 70 anglers.
Paul Hossack took a cod of 3,000g (6½lb) to take first place and the heaviest single fish title.
Second place went to M. Harley with 2,910g and third was J. Surtees with 2,870g.
The heaviest flat fish went to L. Burton with a flounder of 470g.
The junior winner was Matthew Winn with 375g.
H Thirty one anglers fished Cleadon Club’s competition on Monday with seven weighing in.
Albert Gray caught four whiting (2lb 2oz) from South Shields Pier to take the top spot.
Runner up and winner of the heaviest fish title, Steve Riddell also chose Shields Pier and caught a codling (1lb 15oz).
Third place went to Mark Shotton’s codling (1lb 13oz) taken from the Tyne.
H A lost property plea now – a forgetful angler left his rod, reel and rod stand behind in Souter car park on Sunday.
If anyone has found it, please call him on 07506 684509 or drop it into any tackle shop – he would be very grateful for its return.
H Seaham SAC will hold their Badger Open tomorrow night (7-11pm). Registration and weigh-in at Seaham HQ.
H On Sunday there will be a measure and release competition for match anglers at Claxheugh (9.30am-1.30pm) with £100 added to the prize money.
H Ryhope Club will be out again on Tuesday night for their sweepstake (7-10pm), with registration and weigh-in at the back of the Village Tavern.
H A date for the diary includes the Whitley Bay Angling Society’s Night Time Open, on Saturday December 15 (8.30pm-00.30am).
Competition HQ is the society’s club house next to St Mary’s island approach road.
0191 565 4183