Sunderland’s coastline seems to be lacking codling

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Sea Angling by Jack Melton

WHERE have all of the codling gone?

It seems that they are supposedly well offshore and the lack of activity apparently bears this out.

The only time that fish came in was last Sunday when anglers fishing on the Hendon Promenade had a good session while there was some movement on the water, but there has been nothing either before or since.

By far the best results have been from the promenade where Jay Kelly of Hartlepool OMAC took 11 codling for 19lb 10oz and Chris Smith three for 4lb.

A party of six anglers who normally fish in the Eastenders competitions travelled to Eyemouth on Sunday, but they found that it was a waste of time as they fished for over five hours and didn’t even get a bite. A case of a 80 mile trip for absolutely nothing!

The pattern has been of very few fish being taken apart from Sunday, with just the odd small codling and a few undersized flounders from the Wear. The have been a couple of codling from Shields Pier but very little further upriver.

The Northumbrian coastline has produced very little, with some club matches just producing the odd single fish and others nothing.

Eastenders had the one recorded competition of last week when they fished on Wednesday night. Nineteen rods competed but only Ernie Hunter weighed in with a 13oz coalie from Panns Bank.

My records show that this year is no better than 2010 when one competition had a turnout of 19 rods, with the winner taking the only fish of the match – a 14oz bullhead. There were quite a few competitions with no fish being taken.

Locally, there is not a lot doing. Obviously there are some flounders in the Wear and it appears that a few coalies are now showing on Roker Pier and in the lower reaches of the river, but I hope that some movement on the water will bring in a few sizeable codling.

For example, one angler fishing on the pier last year took a magnificent codling of just over 19lb and had the sense to play it to the beach where he landed it.

Hopefully, fishing will pick up with some reasonable seas if the pattern of last year is anything to go by. Things are not as bad as south of the Tees where a Saltburn match was won with 15 rockling for 2lb 5oz, taken from Whitby harbour.

There are more competitions beginning to take place over the next few weeks.

Eastenders have their usual Wednesday night Sweepstake next week with fishing from 7-10pm. They also have a club match on Saturday (2-6pm) and Ryhope SAC are out on Sunday (3-7pm).

Seaham SAC are also out on Sunday for the Kirton Cup (noon-5pm).

The meeting last Tuesday night at the Village Inn at Ryhope was to discuss the possibility that the European Parliament may ban fishing from the Tyne to the Scottish border, but nothing has been decided by them yet.