COD and big whiting are still showing up in large numbers in our area with anglers spoilt for choice for where to cast their lines.
The most popular venues have been The Rat House corner and the prom at The Glass Centre, which have both given up fantastic bags of up to 20 whiting, with the biggest going to 2lb.
There have also been a lot of flounders up to 2lb from here – these fish are possibly moving down the river to spawn. With codling up to 2½lb also making an appearance, both of these marks are worth a visit.
Dean Ambler, fishing Seaham SACs club competition from the north pier, took the best fish of the week – a cracking cod of 14.91lb.
Hendon prom, another popular venue, gave up good codling last week, with fish up to 6lb, mostly on lugworm baits.
Roker Pier was closed for the best part of the week due to the bad weather, but this did not stop anglers enjoying good sport, casting into the bay to catch codling of 5lb.
Anglers fishing from the beach, casting into the bay between Roker and the old north pier, also found some good codling up to 6lb. Two anglers fishing there took a 57lb bag of fish on black lugworm, with the best fish going to 8lb.
Roker beach has also seen bags of up to five codling to 3lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn around the Pipe End have given up codling to 4lb.
South Shields Pier has delivered mixed bags of up to 10 codling and whiting on some tides, but not all, with fish to 5lb.
The Groyne at The Walkway, at the north of the Tyne, have also fished well for codling with fish up to 5lb.
In the Wear, Claxheugh has been the top spot for flounders with frozen runnydown and mackerel strip cocktail still the best bait. The best times have been the last three hours of the flood tide on bigger tides.
Last Tuesday, 13 anglers fished Ryhope SACs sweepstake.
Winner Trevor Green fished The Spiles to take a codling of 2lb 12oz, ahead of Wayne Harriman’s 2lb 11.75oz codling from The Walkway and third-placed Davey Mould’s 2lb 6oz fish, also from The Spiles.
Sunderland SAC saw 14 fishing their competition on Sunday.
Peter Moir took 18 whiting for the winning catch of 15lb 9oz, closely followed by Paul Robinson’s 17 whiting for 15lb 6oz. Gary Conlin was third with 15 fish for 12lb 5oz. The heaviest single fish was Robinson’s massive 1lb 15oz whiting.
Seaham SAC fished for the Kirton Cup on Sunday, with 35 of 76 anglers bringing 164 fish to the scales for a total of 167lb.
Winner Dean Ambler took two fish for 16.14lb, runner-up Gary Pye landed 13 fish for 12.57lb, third-placed Darren Swan also had 13 fish for 12.22lb, with Stevie Graham in fourth with eight fish for 10.22lb.
The heaviest single fish was Ambler’s 14.91lb cod. The pairs event went to Pye and Swan with 26 fish for 13.79lb.
Ryhope SAC had 70 anglers fishing their club competition.
Ken Haley took the short walk to the Rat House Corner to take the winning bag of 23 whiting for 8,490g.
Second place went to junior angler Ryan Taylor, who also fished the Rat House Corner to take 15 whiting for 4,515g, while Keith Carter finished third with 4,160g.
The heaviest flat fish, a 735g flounder, was taken by Elise Robinson, while John Porteous fished The Target to take the heaviest round fish, a 2,105g codling.
Cleadon SACs match on Monday night had 28 competitors.
Kevan Hall fished Whitburn to take a codling of 4lb 12oz, which not only secured him top spot but also the heaviest single fish prize. Runner-up Mark Shotton fished the Tyne to take four whiting for 3lb 13oz, while third-placed Richard Landsbury fished Marsden to take a 3lb 5oz codling.
Tomorrow night, Seaham SAC hold their Badger Open (7-11pm). Entry is £10 plus optional pools. Registration and weigh in are at the club HQ.
Ryhope members are asked to note that the club competition scheduled for Sunday, March 2 will now take place this Sunday (noon-4pm). The club’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday as usual.
Anglers are asked to note that parking fines are now being issued on Marine Drive.