SEA fishing seems to have reached its peak with plenty of cod and ling from the boats and both whiting and codling coming inshore to the beaches and the rivers.
The Swordfish, out of the Wear on Sunday, took ling to 17½lb, pollack to 7lb, codling to 5lb and coalies to 4lb, plus numerous mackerel. There were no whiting caught.
The best boat fishing was out of the Tyne, where Graham Napier, on the Stingray, took a fine ling of 29lb 12oz, while, on the JFK, Chris Potts landed a 16lb cod.
Shore anglers fishing the shoreline north of the Tyne produced cod in double figures, with the best at 13lb 2oz by Ian Ingleston at Beadnell. There were plenty of double figure cod all along the Northumbrian shoreline.
There is no doubt that the whiting are moving into the Wear. Members of Ryhope SAC took a group of 10 youngsters to Panns Bank last Saturday, with Daren Weldon taking one at 1lb 7oz, Luca Atkins 1lb 6oz and Kai Atkins 1lb 5oz. Victoria Nugent was way ahead with 10 whiting.
Fishing at this venue, though, is now virtually impossible as boats are being taken from the South Dock and moored at the quayside, making it difficult for anglers to cast lines.
Last Wednesday’s Eastenders Sweepstake saw nine of 27 rods weighing in 17 codling plus whiting, flounders and coalies.
Chris Hossack won the roving competition with a 6lb codling from Shields Pier, while Mick Davison fished the same venue and came second (1lb 6oz). Tommy Tate tried his luck at Marsden to come third for a 1lb 5oz coalie and Dale Short was fourth with a 1lb 3oz flounder from Panns Bank.
Saturday saw just 12 rods out for Eastenders SAC’s match at the Glass Centre, with 11 weighing in. Barrie Wright won with a 1lb 2oz whiting, followed by Chris Stringer (1lb 1oz), while Chris Hossack and David Steel tied for third with 1lb whiting.
Stringer had the heaviest catch of 15 fish for 9lb. There were few flounders about.
Sunday’s Seaham Tackle Shop competition had a poor turnout of 32 rods, with four weighing in nine fish (four codling, three coalies, two mackerel and a plaice) for 12.11lb.
Darren Welsh triumphed with a codling of 3.34lb from the Manholes, with second place going to R. Parnaby (1.2lb) from the green wall. K. Longstaff ended third with a 1.14lb plaice from the Blast Beach.
There were 192 anglers in the Whitley Bay Open the same day, with 43, including one junior, weighing in.
Ken Robinson won with three fish for 9lb 4oz from Howick. Dave Milne was second with three fish for 9lb 2oz from the same venue, and third place went to Sunderland angler Colin Todd’s two fish at 8lb 5oz from Newbiggin Cliffs. The heaviest fish was a 6lb 9¼oz codling at Beadnell Point, with Todd second for 6lb 2oz.
The junior winner, Connor Spratt, had three flounders for 2lb 7oz from Cresswell Beach.
The Sunderland Open is on November 27 and tickets are now available from the usual tackle shops.
Competitions arranged – Saturday: Eastenders SAC (11am-3pm, Glass Centre); Sunday: Ryhope SAC (1-5pm, within club boundaries), Sunderland SAA (noon-4pm); Wednesday: Eastenders Open Sweepstake (7-10pm)