ANGLERS are enjoying great sport at South Shields Pier, with Roker Pier still closed for repairs.
There have been lots of mackerel taken on daylites and spinners, along with coalfish and launce eels taking lures.
Some good pollock to 7lb have come from The Blocks. Codling up to 3lb have shown on the end of the pier over low water and, at first light, bags of up to 10 codling have been taken on crab baits.
On the shore side of The Blocks, anglers have taken plaice up to 2lb on ragworm bait, along with dabs, flounders, coalfish and gurnards.
The Rat House Corner, on the Old North Pier, has given up one or two mackerel along with small codling and coalfish, with a few sized ones being taken. When there has been colour in the water a few sized whiting have been taking worm and mackerel strip baits.
The bottom end of the River Wear at the Glass Centre and Panns Bank has given up flounders along with lots of coalfish, with some good sized ones up to 1½lb.
Small codling have also been taken, particularly in the hours of darkness, with the odd one going to 2lb.
The top end of the Wear has been disappointing, as match anglers found out last weekend. The big tides usually push the fish up the river, but, for some reason, that didn’t happen and anglers struggled to take more than two or three fish.
Further north, there have been some good codling taken from the rock marks between Beadnell and Seahouses, with bags of up to 20 fish, some going to 6lb, being taken. Eyemouth and Stabbs Head have also fished well for mackerel, pollock, wrasse and codling.
Boat anglers struggled with the big tides over the weekend but some boats still found fish. Anglers fishing on board the Iris Rose, out of the Wear, took 50 codling to 3½lb, fishing over hard ground using baited hokki lures.
Local charter boat The Sapphire found it hard work and had to move between Seaham and Souter Point to find fish. Anglers on board took codling to 4lb along with mackerel, whiting and pouting but could not find anything as big as the 20lb 2oz ling taken by Harvey Smith the previous week.
Private boats fishing off Souter Point and Whitburn have taken cod up to 8lb.
David Williams and Norbert Schroeder took good numbers of codling fishing out of Sunderland, taking cod between 5lb and 8lb with the best going to 9lb 14oz. Any skippers wishing to report their catches should contact me.
Sixteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with four weighing in two eels and two flounders. Davy Mould took the top spot with a 1lb 1oz eel, then Chris Hossack had a 1lb fish for second place. John Blaney (10oz) was third, with John Lovett (8oz) fourth.
Last Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker sweepstake at the Glass Centre saw 10 anglers taking part with all catching fish.
The winner, with 10 fish for 267cm, was Joe “International” Gibson, beating Tommy Tate’s nine fish for 248cm and Derek Russell’s eight for 214cm, which included the longest fish – a 39cm coalfish.
Saturday’s Blenny Hill competition at Claxheugh had 16 anglers fishing but all found it hard going.
Top rod George Herron caught two fish for 58cm, ahead of Paul Edwards’ two for 50cm, with Paul Hossack third thanks to a 33cm fish, which was also the longest fish.
Sunderland SAC had nine fishing at the weekend, with five weighing in.
First was Henry Antilffe with a flounder of 1lb 5oz, followed by Peter Moir’s 1lb 3oz cod. Ronnie Head and John Robinson were joint third with 1lb flounders.
Seaham SAC had 40 anglers fishing for the Sulgrave Cup on Sunday, with 18 bringing fish to the scales.
The top three bags came from the Old North Pier. Winner Steve Watson took two pollock for 3.07lb (including the heaviest single fish at 2.07lb), with runner-up Paul Edwards catching three fish (plaice, dab and codling) for 2.63lb. Third-placed Micky Davison had five flatfish for 1.99lb.
Watson also won the pairs event with Ron Wright (four fish for 4.16lb).
Twenty anglers competed in the Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstake at Claxheugh on Sunday.
Zone One was won by Neil Cutler, with three fish for 74cm, followed by Steve Potts (two for 69cm) and Dave Mould (three for 63cm). Zone Two was a very cloase affair with the top three all having three fish. Mick Bell won with 66cm, pipping Gav Owen (64cm) and Joe Gibson (62cm).
This Saturday, the Blenny Hill Open takes place at The White Wall in the Wear (noon-4pm). Entry is £5. Registration is at the venue from 11am.
On Sunday, the Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstake is at the Glass Centre (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration and peg draw are at the venue from 6.30pm.
Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is at Southwick Prom (7-10pm).
Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition will take place at the Glass Centre (7-10pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at the venue. The next Little Derek’s Flattie Fanatic’s competition is next Saturday, July 26, at Claxheugh (noon-4pm). Registration is at the venue from 10.30am.