WE-AR FISHING will be running tutor-led angling sessions which are free of charge, for people interested in taking up the sport or simply wanting to know more about fishing in the River Wear.
Sessions will take place (11am-2pm) on August 19, 21, 26 and 28 at Panns Bank (south side of the river, under Wearmouth Bridge).
All equipment and bait is provided and a small amount of terminal tackle is available for participants to use after they have attended a session.
More information is available from Geoff on 07772 393196.
Seaham North Pier is now closed to anglers until October 31, although will be available for this year’s Seaham Open competition.
The South Pier isn’t open yet, but access is promised as soon as possible.
Anglers are asked to note that if they have a key to access the North Pier, that same key will also work for the South Pier when it re-opens.
The Old North Pier is still producing mackerel from the Rat House Corner and The Slope into the bay, mostly taken on daylites and spinners.
Bait fishing anglers have taken flounders, coalfish and codling and in the hours of darkness, there have been some sized whiting taking worm and mackerel baits.
The River Wear is giving up flounders and coalfish in good numbers, along with a few eels and the odd codling up to 2lb.
Crab and mackerel strip have been top baits with anywhere between The Glass Centre and Southwick Prom well worth a look.
For anglers wanting to avoid the crowded piers, the rock marks at Marsden have seen mackerel and codling up to 4lb.
South Shields Pier is still the top mark in our area with a good quantity of mackerel on most tides, along with coalfish, dabs and plaice.
Anglers fishing for codling on the pier have had good results with bags of up to six fish a session with the best ones around 4½lb.
There have been a few good codling coming out of the River Tyne with the best ones just over 5lb, taken from Hebburn Marina.
The rock marks in Northumberland are still producing some good codling up to 6lb.
Local boats fishing close in-shore have had good results with up to 50 codling a session, the best going to 6lb.
The Sapphire had a few good days last week taking ling up to 12lb and pollock up to 7lb, along with lots of mackerel and whiting.
Steve Cook, from Durham, landed the biggest cod at 12lb. Hokkis baited with fresh mackerel have given the best results.
H The Lone Shark fishing out of Hartlepool enjoyed some great catches last week taking up to 60 cod and ling a trip, with the best ling going to 14lb.
Anglers fishing with orange shad lures seemed to have the best results.
To book a trip on the Lone Shark, contact Dennis on 07900 330476.
H Twenty one anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake with all catching flounders, coalfish and eels which were all returned to the water.
First place was tied between Paul Hossack’s flounder and Paul Richardson’s eel, both at 1lb¼oz.
Chris Hossack took third with a 15½oz flounder with Sharon Stanlick in fourth with a 15¼oz coalfish.
Last Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker match took place at The White Wall in the Wear, with 10 anglers taking part.
Winner Andy Rutherford took 14 fish for 402cm (including the longest fish, a flounder of 34cm).
Second place went to Davey Mould with 11 fish for 314cm and third was Tommy Tate with 10 fish for 291cm.
Sunderland SAC had 10 fishing at the weekend with six weighing in two cod and four flounders.
Michael Rich won with a cod of 1lb 15oz, followed by Peter Moir with a cod of 1lb 3oz, then Gary and Stevie Conlin in joint third place with flounders of 1lb.
H Seaham SAC fished for the Crawford Cup on Sunday in very poor conditions.
Thirty one anglers took part, but only five managed to bring fish to the scales.
Winner, with a single coalfish for 0.83lb was David Alderton. Second with two fish for 0.66lb was George Hope, closely followed in third by John Blaney with 0.63lb. Alderton had the heaviest single fish and won the pairs event with Davey Stoker.
H The Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstake also took place on Sunday at the Glass Centre when 14 anglers competed and all managed to catch fish which were mostly flounders and coalfish as well as a 45cm (about 2lb) codling caught by Micky Bell.
Winner Jim Dobie took 13 fish for 290cm, second place went to Micky Bell with 11 fish for 272cm and third placed Andy Rutherford had 10 fish for 235cm.
This Sunday sees the last of the Rutherford’s Cono-flex sweepstakes taking place for this year (7-10pm) at the Glass Centre. Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout.
Anglers planning to fish the Whitley Bay Summer Open on Sunday please note that the times have been changed to 12.30-5.30pm (not 1.30pm as previously advertised) and the last match at Newton is fished from 11am-4pm.
Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake is at Claxheugh (7-10pm).
Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker competition will take place The White Wall (7-10pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout.
H The 43rd Newbiggin Open will be fished on Sunday, September 28 (10am-2pm).
Registration (8-10am) will take place at the Bank House Club in Newbiggin. Entry is £12 for seniors (including heaviest single fish), juniors £3.
There will be an optional superpool for £2 with 100 per cent payout and an optional team event for £2.
Payout is also 100 per cent for first place only and the boundaries are Seahouses breakwater to Tynemouth Pier (excluding pier and estuaries).
More details are available on 01670 365980.