As soon as the sea lifted, plenty of codling were taken in our area over the last week, with the average size between 1½lb and 2lb, although there were the odd ones up to 6lb.
When the sea dropped off there were still mackerel for the taking from Roker Pier, and in the hours of darkness, good bags of whiting with dabs and flounders were mixed in. There have also been some quality coalfish from Roker Pier, up to 2½lb.
The Cliff Marks at Ryhope and The Target produced codling up to 4½lb. Hendon Prom also gave up codling to 4lb, with the ends of the prom being the best marks.
The River Wear saw catches of flounders (1½lb) and codling (2lb) taken from the area known as The Tins (which is at the top end of Lambton Drops).
When the water was coloured, whiting were taken from the Glass Centre.
The Rat House Corner on the Old North Pier has seen lots of fish, but mostly undersized.
Over low water, Roker Beach has seen bags of up to five codling. This mark is best fished on a south easterly sea, two hour either side of low water.
The Rock Marks at Whitburn has seen codling up to 4lb. The Wherry and The Shelf are well worth a look. Crab has also been the best bait at Marsden Rock Marks with Souter car park, Camel’s Island, Black Path, Johnsons, Shelf and Frenchmans Point all worth a try.
South Shields Pier has delivered up codling to 4lb, along with whiting and coalfish.
The Walkway, at the mouth of the Tyne, has seen lots of small codling. Further upriver, the top end of Hebburn Marina has seen bags of codling up to 2½lb along with some good sized flounders.
Boat anglers fishing close inshore at Whitburn have taken codling up to 5lb with some boats taking up to 30 fish.
Local charter boat Sapphire had a good ling aboard last Tuesday, with Hong Kong angler Tony KwK taking the best on at 17lb 12oz.
25 anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake with nine weighing in nine cod and a coafish.
Davy Mould took first place with a 2lb 1oz cod from The Groyne at the mouth of the Tyne, then came Richy Carr with a 2lb cod from the Whitburn area.
19 anglers took part in last Wednesday night’s Fisherman’s Locker match on Roker Pier.
First with a codling of 3lb 10oz was Gareth Gardiner, closely followed by Jordan Hunter with a codling of 3lb 8oz. Gardiner also had the heaviest bag at 6lb 3oz.
Ryhope SAC’s club competition on Sunday saw 57 anglers competing. Paul Richardson chose to fish the River Wear to take first with a bag of codling and flounders for 1,870g.
Runner-up Chris Hossack fished Roker Pier to take two fish for 1,775g. Richardson had the heaviest flat fish of 625g. The junior winner was Ryan Taylor with 830g.
Seaham SAC fished for the William Holman Trophy at the weekend with 56 anglers taking part.
Winner Dean Furness took three fish for 6.41lb (including the heaviest single fish at 3.45lb). Second place went to Steve Harriman with four fish for 4.38lb. The pairs event was won by Furness alongside Micky Davison with four fish for 8.59lb.
Last weekend’s open boat competition was cancelled due to bad weather – a rescheduled date will be announced soon.
Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match saw Paul Rogers take first place with a codling of 4lb 3oz (heaviest fish and heaviest bag), Neil Cutler was second with two fish for 3lb 11oz.
Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in is at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry is £5. This is a heaviest single fish competition.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout.
For details of venue, please check the website or ring Andy on the number below.