THE continuing bad weather has been great for anglers because it’s brought the cod in to feed and most areas have produced good sized fish.
Last Tuesday, Whitburn Beach fished well with codling up to 5lb being taken.
The following day local angler Steve Harvey, took a fish of 10lb from Roker Beach on lugworm bait.
When accessible, the rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have also given up fish to 8lb.
South Shields Pier has also produced good size codling with local angler Big Olly taking fish of 2lb, 6½lb and 9lb on Saturday.
The best fish by far reported this week was a 17lb 4oz cod caught by Mark Tait, from Shields Pier.
Further south at Seaham, the south end of the Blast Beach has been fishing very well with cod up to 7lb.
Hendon prom has continued to produce codling to 4lb, along with a few good sized whiting.
Roker Pier, when it’s been open, has delivered up some good sized whiting, but not in the big numbers expected, as has the Rat House Corner, which has also given up codling to 2½lb.
Further north, the cod have also been feeding well at Blyth and Whitley Bay, with Whitley Bay beach being the top sport.
The best fish from here last week was taken on Wednesday night and weighed 10lb 2oz.
I’ve not heard of many fish from the Northumberland area, but I would expect some very good fish to be taken this week on the big tides.
The top end of the River Wear has seen a lot of flounders taken on runnydown and mackerel baits. The best spots have been the Business Park and Claxheugh.
The River Tyne is full of under-sized codling, taking all manner of baits and proving difficult to avoid.
Last Tuesday, 14 fished Ryhope Club’s sweeptake, but it was a case of quality not quantity as only four anglers weighed in five cod for 26lb 4oz.
Chris Hossack took first and fourth place with 8lb 2oz and 4lb 1oz respectively, from Whitburn.
Runner-up Keith Carter caught a 5lb 3oz cod from Whitburn and third-placed Mick Davison weighed in a 5lb 1oz cod caught from Ryhope.
On Friday night, Seaham SAC held their Badger Open.
Winner Glen Appleby fished the south end of The Blast Beach to take a cod of 6.01lb in a three fish bag of 8.23lb for the heaviest bag and heaviest fish title.
Second-placed Paul Hossack fished The Chemical Beach and took a codling of 4.36lb.
Third place went to Robert Davison with a codling of 3.40lb. Hossack and Paul Riley took the pairs title with 4.36lb.
Eleven anglers fished a measure and release competition at Claxheugh on Sunday.
Top rod was Bob Gasgoine with 23 fish for 557cm. Second place went to Ken McCoy with 18 fish for 418cm. Phil Wright brought up the rear with 15 fish for 410cm. The longest fish was a 38cm flounder taken by Ross Carr.
Sixty-eight members of Ryhope Club fished their competition on Sunday, in difficult windy conditions.
Winner Richie Carr fished The Shelf, at Whitburn, to take two codling for 1,385g (including the heaviest round fish of 910g).
Ken Haley was runner-up with three whiting and one flounder for 1,000g (including the heaviest flat fish of 410g).
Third-placed Chris Hossack put up with four hours on a windy Roker Pier Round Head to take a whiting of 500g.
Junior winner was Daniel Tate with 180b.
H On Saturday, the Whitley Bay Evening Open takes place (8.30pm-12.30am) with a first prize of £300, second prize £200 and third prize £150.
There will also be £200 for the heaviest single fish.
Entry fee is £12, all class and boundaries are from The Ice House, North Shields to and including Cresswell Cars.
Registration is between 6.30 and 7.30pm at Whitley Bay HQ. Weigh in is between 12.30 and 1.30am.
H On Monday evening, 31 anglers fished Cleadon Club’s Ray Bardwell Memorial Trophy match.
Paul Rogers won the trophy and heaviest fish title with a single cod of 7lb 7oz from Marsden Beach.
Runner-up Norman Spour took a 3lb codling from South Shields Pier. Stevie Gordon took a mixed bag of three fish for 2lb 11oz from South Shields pier to take third place.
H This Sunday sees the Redcar Navy and Gents Angling Club Heaviest Fish Open (10am-2.30pm).
Entry fee is £8 (£2.50 for juniors) plus a pools and team event.
Registration is from 8.30am at Redcar Angling Centre, High Street, Redcar. For more details call Tony Barker on 01642 503 049.
Sunday also sees Sunderland SAC fishing their competition (2-6pm) and Ryhope Sea Anglers will hold their Christmas competition fishing 3-7pm.
Ryhope SAC will also be out on Tuesday for their sweepstake (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in are at the rear of Sea View Club.
H One for the diary is a measure and release competition on New Year’s Eve (2-6pm) at Claxheugh in the River Wear.
Entry fee is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at the venue.
Only lugworm, rag worm and mackerel to be used as bait.
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