SUMMER sea angling is now at its peak, apart from the codling, which have been in short supply despite the heavy seas.
No doubt the shoals will return as soon as the wind turns.
Boats were unable to get out over the past week but the prospects are now looking good.
Shore anglers are settling for the river marks with plenty of coalies and flounders in the Wear and the Tyne.
The best marks for the coalies are in the Tyne, with fish to over two pounds from Shields Pier and the Walkway.
There was plenty of action for anglers fishing in the Eastenders Sweepstake, at the Glass Centre last Wednesday, with 20 rods competing and all weighing in.
The score was 198 fish consisting of 150 coalies, 47 flounders and a single whiting.
This match was for the longest fish, with Davie Mould leading the field with a coalie of 43 centimetres, followed by John Lovett with one at 42cms.
There was a tie for third place between Bob Gascoigne and Mason Burton for coalies at 42cm.
The longest total length bag was one of 22 fish for 649cms by Jim Dobie.
The Rutherfords and Conoflex Open on the Tyne, at the Copthorne Hotel, had 20 rods out on Saturday night with the usual full house of catches.
Chris Potts took the top award for 275cms followed by Ken McCoy at 222cms and Tommy Tate with 220cms.
The next Open is on August 6, at the same venue from 7.30-10.30pm.
H Eastenders SAC were out again on Sunday for a club match at the Glass Centre, with 19 members competing.
The score was 137 coalies, 19 flounders, 2 eels, one blennie and a whiting.
Jim Dobie scored with the longest fish, a coalie of 41cms, and there was a tie for second place between Jim Dobie, Keith Johnson and Chris Stringer with flounders at 40cms.
The longest bag was 22 fish for 658cms by Jim Dobie. Ernie Hunter caught five fish but could not take anything but flounders.
H The members of Blue Watch Youth Club were taken on a trip to Silloth, for some great fishing by Bob Surtees.
H There is a new sea fishing club being created by Phil Wood. This club will be the Tyne and Wear SAC and the first meeting is at the Garden Farm Hotel in Chester-le-Street, on Tuesday, August 2, at 7pm. Anyone interested should contact Phil Wood on 0191 378280.
H Competitions for the coming week are: Saturday, Eastenders Open competition noon to 4pm at the Timber Beach. Sunday, Eastenders SAC noon to 4pm at the Golden Lion.
Ryhope SAC 1pm-5pm at the Tyne Business Park. Sunderland SAA 1pm-5pm. Wednesday, Eastenders Sweepstake 7-10pm. Saturday, August 6, Rutherfords/Conoflex Open 7.30-10.30 pm, at the Copthorne Hotel on the Tyne.
H Don’t forget the crab competition for youngsters up to 17 years of age at the Glass Centre on Sunday from 2-4 pm.
All tackle and bait provided for this free competition. Entrants must supply a container to keep the crabs in for weighing at the end of the contest. There will be two categories: up to 12 years-of-age (must be accompanied by an adult) and up to 17 years-of-age.
H There will be a Sunderland Shore Angling Festival between 1-5pm on Sunday, November 27, between the boundaries of Shields Pier and Ryhope Dene, with prizes in excess of £3000 of angling equipment.
The top prize is £500 for the heaviest single fish. Further details at a future date.