Following the completion of the works to the lighthouse, the end of Roker Pier is now open to anglers.
This hot spot of the pier is a popular mark and has been a great miss.
Anglers are kindly reminded to leave the pier, and particularly the area around the lighthouse, clean and tidy when they finish fishing – if we want to avoid being banned from the pier altogether, especially this great mark, we need to look after it!
At the moment, as soon as the sea lifts most marks in our area have been producing good amounts of codling in the 2lb to 3lb bracket with the better ones going up to 6lb.
The beaches at Horden and Easington have seen bags of up to 10 codling a session up to 4lb. The cliffs at Ryhope and The Target have produced some good fish in the dark, with the best around 7½lb.
Hendon Prom has seen codling to 3lb and some good bags of whiting.
The River Wear has produced bags of whiting, codling and flounders with the Glass Centre Prom, Lambton Drops and the Tins all producing fish.
Roker Pier has fished well in the dark, with good bags of whiting from the end of the pier along with codling to 2lb.
There have been better codling coming from the Barrier up to 5lb.
On Saturday there was a 1½lb haddock taken – the first reported for some time.
Roker Beach and Whitburn Beach have produced good bags of codling with the sea conditions have been right with bags of up to eight codling to 4lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have fished well with codling up to 6lb.
The cliff marks at Souter have again been the top spot.
South Shields Pier has seen a lot of codling in the 1lb to 1½lb mark.
The end of the pier has been the best area along with The Post fishing into the bay.
Boat anglers have struggled to put to sea because of the weather.
When they did get out, they took cod to 8lb and a lot of good ling to 15lb, mostly taken on fresh mackerel baits.
On Saturday, local charter boat Sapphire fished the wrecks seven miles offshore, with one angler taking a 10½lb ling on his first drop.
Also taken on the same trip were pollock to 6lb and cod to 8lb, along with more ling ranging from 6lb to 13lb.
There were also plenty of mackerel taken by anglers on board. Dave Mould was top rod in last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake with 1,890g.
Second was Danny Hedley with 1,365g, then Dave Turnbull with 1,320g.
Some 33 anglers fished last Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker match between South Shields Pier and Roker Pier.
First went to Jordan Hunter with a codling of 4lb 9oz.
Runner up was Lee Riley with 4lb 7oz, then Stu Carr with 3lb 11oz.
On Sunday, Seaham SAC fished for the Dillon Trophy with 62 anglers taking part.
Winner Bryan Dobson fished the Chemical Beach to take five codling for 6.20lb.
Second place went to Dave Bond with four fish for 6.03lb.
Third was taken by Anth Price with a cracking 4.82lb Pollock from the South Pier which was also the heaviest single fish.
Kevin Gallagher was fourth with three fish for 3.75lb from the Old Beach. The pairs’ event was won by Dobson and Dave Stoker with six fish for 7.78lb.
Robbie Feenan was top rod in Sunderland SAC’s match taking four codling for 3lb 15oz from South Shields Pier.
Runner up Peter Moir had three coalfish for 2lb 11oz also from South Shields Pier.
Third place went to Richy Carr with a 1lb 8oz coalfish which was also the heaviest single fish.
Ryhope SAC had 55 anglers fishing their club competition.
First was Alan Burton who fished The Tins in the Wear to take his winning bag of 2,205g.
Second place went to Bobby Surtees with 2,090g, then Andy Rutherford took third with a codling of 1,590g (which was also the heaviest round fish). Fourth was Chris Hossack with 1,070g.
The heaviest flat fish was Alan March’s 540g flounder.
The junior winner was Ryan Taylor with 250g.
On Monday night Cleadon SAC saw 11 out of 27 anglers returning fish to the scales.
First was D. Hall with three fish (12lb 5oz) then T. Tate, also with three fish (10lb 6oz), while J. Brennan took third place with a single fish (6lb).
On Sunday, the Newbiggin Open takes place (11am-3pm) with a first prize of £500 plus supporting prize table.
Registration is at Bank House Club (9-11am). For more information, call 01670 365980.
Ryhope’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm).
Registration and weigh in will be at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry is £5, with payout for the heaviest single fish.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30 to 10.30pm) between Shields Pier and Roker Pier. Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish). Meet at the Grotto car park 6.30pm.