SUNDAY’S 47th annual Seaham Open saw a very good turnout of 392 anglers fishing in blustery conditions.
In total, 36 anglers brought fish to the scales for a combined weight of 56.27lb.
The winner of the David Guy Memorial Trophy, and £1,000 cash, was Wayne Harriman, who fished at Easington Flight to take a codling of 4.59lb.
Second prize was awarded to Kenny Newton, who had a codling of 2.50lb caught from Seaham North Pier, and third was Danny Swan, with a codling of 2.43lb.
The winner of the disabled section was Pat Carroll, with a 0.56lb flounder. Steve Potts won the £365 prize for the sealed weight of 3.61lb.
When there has been movement on the sea, there have been codling taken from Ryhope Cliffs and Hendon Prom, with the south end of the prom the best area.
The Wear has seen a few codling from The White Wall up to 2lb on crab baits, along with flounders up to 1lb caught on runnydown and mackerel strip.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden are still giving up codling to 5lb and are always worth a look, even if the sea is flat. South Shields Pier is still producing codling up to 3lb, but not many big bags.
The Tyne is still giving anglers the best chance of a bag of codling, with Jarrow Park, Hebburn Marina and even as far upriver as the Gateshead Stadium producing fish with bags of up to 12 fish up to 1½lb but there have been one or two at the 5lb mark. Fresh or frozen crab is the bait of choice here.
Further north, there have been great bags of codling from places such as Newton, Boulmer, Beadnell, Amble, Seahouses, Craster and Newbiggin.
Keith Ryder took a bag of 41lb from Beadnell, with the best fish weighing 7lb 7oz. Fishing next to him, Ben McFarlane took a bag of 21lb. Bags of up to 20lb have been a regular occurrence from all of these places.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake was cancelled due to the weather conditions.
The Wednesday night competition fished between Hendon Prom and Ryhope Dene was won by Andy Rutherford, who fished in front of The Falls to take the winning fish of 3lb 4oz and had two codling for 4lb 6oz to take the heaviest bag.
Second place went to Stu Carr, with 2lb 6oz, while David Mould was third with 1lb 3½oz.
Eleven anglers fished Sunderland SAC’s match at the weekend, with five weighing in mainly codling.
Peter Moir triumphed with eight cod for 8lb 14oz, followed by Gary Conlin with three cod for 4lb 5oz (one of which was the heaviest single fish at 2lb 1oz).
Joint third were Alan Walker (three cod) and Stevie Conlin (three cod and a whiting), both at 3lb 9oz.
Twenty-seven anglers fished Cleadon SAC’s competition on Monday night, with 12 weighing in. K. Hall won with two fish for 5lb 8oz (including the heaviest single fish at 4lb 4oz). Runner-up A. Brotherton had four fish for 4lb 7oz, with M. Daglish third thanks to three fish for 4lb.
This Sunday, Ryhope SAC fish their club competition (10am-2pm).
Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday night (7-10pm). Entry is £5, with registration at the back of the Village Tavern.
Tickets are on sale in local tackle shops for the Sunderland Sea Angling Festival which takes place on Sunday, November 9 (2-6pm).
Entry is £12 all classes and juniors are free with a paying adult. This is a heaviest single fish competition with one prize per angler and at the weigh-in one fish per angler.
The first prize is £500, second is £300 and third is £200 with a supporting prize table worth over £2000. Registration on the day and weigh-in are at the Welcome Tavern in High Street East.
Boundaries are from South Shields Pier (included, if open) to Seaham North Pier (excluded) and west up to the Queen Alexandra Bridge. Anglers may fish in public access areas only. Sunderland Council has confirmed that Roker Pier will be open for the day of the competition – anglers will be keen to fish this much-missed mark.
More details are available on the number below.