THE good news is that there are plenty of codling in our area at the moment, but the bad news is that the vast majority are undersized.
Some anglers believe that this bodes well for the forthcoming season – if only that were true!
Mick Davison did manage to catch a couple of sized codling from Featherbed Rocks, 3lb 11oz and 2lb 12oz.
Other fish caught this week include a 5lb thornback ray from the first bay at Hendon, caught by Peter Appleby who was casting a long way.
Roker Pier has provided the best sport this week, with flounders, dabs, coalfish, small pollock and even the odd bass taking worm and crab baits.
There have also been one or two sized codling up to 2½lb from here, with the area between the round end and the second steps casting in to the bay producing the better fish.
The rock marks at Marsden are still seeing the odd good sized codling on crab bait, with the Black Path, Man Haven Bay and the north arm of Frenchman’s Bay worth a look.
South Shields Pier has started to give up a few sized coalfish, which should start to show in better numbers soon, along with flounders, dabs and the odd sized plaice, as well as lots of small codling.
The long beach at South Shields has produced good bags of flounders, with fish up to 1½lb. The best bait has been ragworm tipped with mackerel strip and this mark has fished best over low water.
Further north, the beaches at Cresswell and Druridge Bay have started to produce flounders along with a few early-season turbot.
Fourteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with seven weighing in 10 cod and a bass.
Paul Hossack won with a 4lb 6½oz cod from Marsden, while Micky Davison took second and third places with 3lb 11oz and 2lb 12oz cod from Featherbed Rocks.
Chris Hossack was fourth with a 2lb 9½oz cod from Roker Pier.
Sunderland SAC had 11 fishing at the weekend with two weighing in two flounders and a coalfish.
The winner was Alan Mordey with two flounders for 1lb 6oz, ahead of runner-up Alan Walker’s coalfish of 11oz, which was also the heaviest fish.
There was a measure and release competition at Walker Riverside Park on Sunday and the 24 anglers found plenty of small fish to keep them busy.
Zone One winner Micky Bell took 19 fish for 490cm, while second-placed Steve Williams took 17 fish for 438cm.
It was a close call for Zone Two, with winner Marty Pyegill taking 20 fish for 490cm and a tie for second place on 487cm between Andy Rutherford and Gareth Gardner. Gardner had the longest fish, a 35cm codling.
There were a few eels taken, which is very early in the year.
Sunday sees Ryhope SAC’s final club competition before the summer break (1-5pm), while Sunderland SAC will also be out on Sunday (1-5pm).
Seaham SAC’s popular Blenny Hill Open competitions in the Wear start again soon. More details to follow next week.