WHEN Roker Pier opened last Tuesday, there were a few codling up to 4lb taken, along with one or two good whiting, plus the usual dabs and flounders.
During daylight hours, there have been coalfish starting to show. Most have been undersized, but there have been better ones up to 1½lb.
Roker Pier had to be closed again soon after because someone had thrown the cones warning people about the damaged decking on the pier, into the water.
South Shields Pier is still producing codling to 3lb along with some good coalfish to 2lb. Crab and mackerel strip has been the bait tempting these fish.
Seaham North Pier gave up codling to 6lb last week, with the end of the pier being the best area.
There have also been a few lesser spotted dogfish taken from the pier, with mackerel and sandeel being the best bait for these fish.
The top end of the Wear has continued to produce flounders, with the best going to 2lb. Through the week, five-year-old Cameron Charlesworth beat his dad, Michael, fishing the Wear, taking a nice flounder to his dad’s very small flounder.
Boat anglers managed to find a few fish over the weekend, although it was hard going. The Sapphire fished off Marsden on Saturday with eight anglers on board and took 15 codling to 5lb on crab and runnydown bait.
Last Tuesday, 15 fished Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake with only four weighing in six cod.
Top rod was Chris Hossack (3lb 2oz) followed by Andy Rutherford (2lb 4½oz), both caught from Roker Pier. Third-placed Micky Rich chose Whitburn for his catch (2lb 1½oz), with Lee Burton fourth (1lb 10oz cod) from Ryhope.
Seaham Sea Anglers fished for the Clifford Plate on Sunday, with 69 taking part and 10 bringing fish to the scales.
It was a mixed catch of two lesser spotted dogfish, a flounder, a cod, two coalfish and nine whiting.
Dave Wood won with three fish (2.90lb), ahead of Paul Westmorland’s four fish (2.38lb) and Gus McGee’s single codling (1.96lb), which was the heaviest single fish. Woods and P. Edwards won the pairs event with 2.90lb.
Ryhope SAC were also out on Sunday for their club competition. Most of the 70 anglers headed for the Wear in search of flounders.
Twelve-year-old Tony Smith took the top prize with two flounders for 1,380g, while Daniel Tate, also 12, was runner-up with two flounders for 1,160g. Paul Richardson’s two fish (1,145g) was third.
The heaviest flat fish was a tie between Tony Smith and Paul Grace, who both had 1lb 13oz flounders. The heaviest round fish was Chris Hossack’s 525g coalfish.
Southwick Prom hosted 28 anglers for a sweepstake on Sunday, with most anglers taking flounders.
Zone 1 winner Steve Potts took seven fish for 183cm, closely followed by Ken McCoy’s seven for 181cm. Zone 2 winner Neil Cutler also took seven fish for 178cm and second-placed Steve Rackstraw had seven for 169cm. The longest fish was Potts’ 37cm flounder.
Sunderland SAC saw 18 fishing on Sunday with eight weighing in mainly flounders and a single whiting.
Henry Antliffe triumphed with two flounders for 1lb 13oz, including the heaviest fish (1lb 3oz), followed by Darren Welsh’s two flounders for 1lb 7oz. John Robinson was third with a 1lb 1oz flounder. On Monday night, 24 fished Cleadon Club’s match but only four weighed in three codling and four flounders.
Mark Shotton chose the Tyne to catch his winning bag (3lb 3oz) and also the heaviest single fish, a 2lb 1oz codling. Neil Cutler was second with three flounders (2lb 4oz) from the Wear, while Tynemouth provided Rob Wells with a single codling (1lb 8oz) and Graham Slesser had a 1lb flounder from South Shields Pier.
This weekend sees the big European Open Beach Championships in Bridlington.
With the top prize a Peugeot 107, there’s bound to be a lot of interest. This is a two-day competition on Saturday and Sunday, and there is a flounder competition tomorrow. More information from Paul Roggeman on 01482 391668.
Seaham SAC will hold the Geordie’s Open on Sunday (noon-5pm). Named after its organiser, George Hope, this is a heaviest single fish competition. Entry is £10 all classes and payout will depend on entry. Optional pairs £2 per team and heaviest bag £1. Boundaries are Hendon Groyne (Groyne excluded) to Saddleback Rock in Hawthorn Hive, with the North Pier pegged one to 100. Registration is 10-11.30am and weigh-in 5.15-6pm – both at Seaham Sea Angling Club. More information on 0191 5810321.
Ryhope SAC will hold their sweepstake on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in at the back of the Village Tavern.