THE rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden are providing anglers with the best chance of a cod in our area and have seen codling up to 5lb this week.
The Wherry, Shelf, Black Path, Frenchman’s Point and North Arm are all well worth a visit, with crab, razorfish and black lug the best baits.
Hendon Prom has also produced codling up to 2lb, along with a few whiting, with the south end of the prom, over high water, giving the best results.
Roker Pier has seen codling up to 5lb on the first of the flood tide, along with whiting and lots of flounders for anglers fishing with light tackle.
There are still plenty of flounders coming from Claxheugh and The Business Park in the River Wear, taking frozen blacks and mackerel cocktail.
South Shields Pier has given up codling to 3½lb along with whiting, the odd coalfish, flounders and dabs.
The Tyne seems to be full of undersized codling at the moment, taking all manner of baits – probably best to give this a miss!
Anglers travelling all the way to Arbroath, on the east coast of Scotland, are having good sport with codling, with bags of up to 12 fish, some going to 15lb, being taken.
The best baits have been mackerel, bluey, mussel and razor fish. It may be a long way, but, for quality fish, it’s worth the trek.
Boat anglers were able to put to sea on odd days last week and found a few codling and whiting using the up-tide method.
Local charter boat The Sapphire was on on Saturday and the four anglers on board took 12 codling up to 3½lb.
Sixteen-year-old Connor Chapman was top rod with five fish.
Only four anglers out of the 23 taking part weighed in five cod at Ryhope SAC’s sweeptake last Tuesday.
Paul Hossack took first and fourth places with 2lb 3oz and 1lb 3oz from Marsden, while runner-up Micky Rich had 1lb 13oz also from Marsden. John Robson was third with a 1lb 12oz fish from Hendon Prom.
Sunderland SAC had 17 fishing at the weekend with five weighing in.
Tommy Tate was top rod with two whiting and a cod for 6lb 13oz, including the heaviest fish (a nice 5lb 6oz cod caught on his last catch), with second-placed Don Scott landing two whiting for 1lb 3oz. Ronnie Head was third with a 10oz flounder.
On Sunday, 62 anglers turned out in windy weather for Ryhope SAC’s club competition.
K. Carter chose Hendon Prom to take his winning catch of two codling for 1,510g, while G. Reed fished in the river to take two flounders for 1,165g and W. Harriman took the long walk to the south end of the Blast Beach to take three whiting for 1,045g.
L. Burton also fished there to take the heaviest round fish of 900g, while the heaviest flat fish was G. Russell’s 975g flounder.
Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night attracted 26 anglers, but only four weighed in.
First, with two codling for 5lb 9oz from the Tyne, was Mark Shotton, followed by Terry Wood, whose single codling of 4lb 8oz was also the heaviest single fish.
Neil Cutler took third place with two whiting for 1lb 8oz from Roker Pier, with Alan Heeley in fourth with a 1lb 4oz codling from The Groyne.
Cleadon Club also announced their final placings for the 2013-2014 season this week, with the top six being Stevie Taarland (85lb 14oz), Paul Wastell (81lb 14oz), Mark Shotton (77lb 10oz), Stu Summer (61lb 13oz), Rob Wells (60lb 5oz), Neil Cutler (58lb 8oz) and Paul Harrison (58lb 4oz).
The heaviest fish of the season was Harrison’s 8lb 12oz cod.
This Sunday sees Seaham SAC compete for The Clifford Plate (noon-5pm). Ryhope SAC members are reminded that this Sunday’s club competition is cancelled – there’s some sort of football match on! (Ha’way the lads!)
Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm), with registration at The Village Tavern in Ryhope.
On Friday, March 7, Seaham SAC will hold their Badger Open (7-11pm). Entry is £10. Registration and weigh-in are at Seaham HQ.