ANGLERS can expect good sport with codling and big whiting on the re-opening of Roker Pier.
The repairs to the pier’s decking were due for completion yesterday, so, weather permitting, we should see the venue back in business.
The mouth of the River Wear has fished inconsistently with good bags of whiting, flounders and codling to 2lb taken on some tides and then very little caught the next.
For anglers who don’t like to walk far, the Rat House Corner on the Old North Pier has been giving up good bags of whiting on worm and mackerel baits. The Glass Centre Prom has also fished well for whiting and flounders.
Further upriver, there have been lots of small codling at The White Wall, with the odd sized fish up to 2lb.
South Shields Pier has given up codling to 5lb, mostly after dark.
There have also been some good bags of whiting, but again not on all tides.
The Post has fished well for coalfish, and although most are just undersized, anglers have taken up to eight sized fish in a session.
There are still lots of small codling in the Tyne, with the better sized fish being further up the river than usual, with bags of up to six codling to 3lb coming from the top end of Hebburn Marina, Bill Quay and International Paints.
Sunderland angler Paul Hossack took a cracking 8lb cod, along with five other fish, from here through the week.
Further north, the rock marks at Craster and Cullernose Point are still producing cod to 8lb and the beaches at Blyth and Lynemouth are well worth a look if there is any movement on the water.
Boat anglers had problems with the weather. The Sapphire did get out for three hours on Saturday morning and took 20 codling to 2½lb on lug, mussel and crab baits.
Twenty anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake, but only two weighed in two cod to take all the prize money between them.
Paul Hossack was first with a 1lb 5oz fish from The Walkway, while Paul Richardson was second with a 1lb fish from Souter.
The Seaham Town Council Open saw 83 anglers competing and 26 weighing in 86.6lb of fish.
First, with a codling of 5.92lb, was S. Paxton, runner-up P. Moore landed a codling of 3.24lb, closely followed by J. Coil (3.20lb).
The heaviest bag was won by P. Westmorland, with 18 fish for 12.48lb, caught from the south end of the Blast Beach. Westmorland also won the pairs event with D. Swan, taking a total of 29 fish for 22.96lb.
The junior winner was 12-year-old J. Stoker, with three fish for 2.60lb. S. Stanwick took the women’s title with a single fish (0.84lb) and the prize for the disabled angler went to D. Wood with three fish for 2.03lb.
Ryhope SAC fished their Christmas competition on Sunday with 70 anglers taking part, 53 of them bringing fish to the scales.
Winner Paul Hossack chose the Tyne to take his winning bag of six codling for 7,829g which included he heaviest round fish – a cod of 3.560g (8lb in old money).
After a tip-off from Paul, his father Chris moved to the Tyne to take second place with five codling for 4,125g.
Andy Rutherford finished in third, taking five whiting, three codling and a flounder for 3,735g from the Rat House Corner.
The heaviest flat fish prize went to Barry Robson, with a 675g flounder. The junior winner, who was fourth overall, was Matthew Win, with eight whiting and two flounders for 3,320g from the Old North Pier.
Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night had 27 anglers out, but only four managed to weigh anything in.
Davy Hall triumphed with two codling for 6lb 3oz, including the heaviest single fish at 4lb 14oz, from Marsden.
Runner-up Terry Wood had a single codling of 4lb 10oz, caught from Whitburn, while third place was tied between Alan Heeley’s two codling from The Groyne and Richard Landsbury’s single codling from Whitburn for 2lb 11oz.
Ryhope SAC will be holding two heaviest single fish competitions during the Christmas period (December 24 and December 31; noon-4pm).
Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration (10.30-11.30am) and weigh-in (5pm prompt) will take place in the rear car park at the Ryhope Village Tavern.
Anglers can win more than one prize and there are no bait restrictions.
Boundaries are Seaham Spiles (included) to The Walkway in the Tyne. Roker Pier and South Shields Pier are in bounds if open, up to the Queen Alexandra Bridge in the Wear.
Calendars featuring the tide tables for 2014 and photographs taken by local anglers are now on sale for £7 in local tackle shops. Proceeds will go to the Derek Russell fund.