Shore anglers have been spoilt for choice as to which species of fish to target this week.
Roker Pier saw mackerel and coalfish during the day and then after dark there were good numbers of whiting and the odd codling to 3lb as well as the usual dabs and flounders.
The mackerel have been taking daylight lures as well as float-fished mackerel strip which has also taken a few Pollock to 2lb.
Coalfish up to 1½lb are taking fresh and frozen crab baits as well as mussel. Crab has been the best bait for codling with fish coming from the Neck End of the pier or in the heavy ground at the Barrier.
The River Wear has seen coalfish and mackerel taken from the Glass Centre prom, codling to 2lb from the High and Low Ledges and flounders from Southwick Prom.
The Rock Marks at Whitburn and Marsden have produced some good codling up to 6lb, with marks between Souter Lighthouse and Trow Rocks all worth a look.
There have been some good numbers of sized codling taken from the River Tyne – the marks upriver of Hebburn Marina are certainly worth a visit.
The end of South Shields Pier has given up some good bags of codling with most in the 1¼lb to 1½lb bracket, with the odd one up to 4lb.
There have also been some good sized dabs and a few plaice from The Blocks area.
Boat anglers are reporting that there are still plenty of mackerel just off shore and fresh mackerel is proving to be the best bait for the ling and cod.
Boats fishing over the wrecks have taken cod to 8lb and ling to 12lb. Local charter boat Sapphire was out on Wednesday and took codling to 4lb and ling to 6lb along with hundreds of mackerel.
Out again on Friday, they had a better day with crew member Mick Newton taking the best ling of 10lb.
Anglers on board also took codling to 5lb and ling up to 8lb, but the best fish was taken by Australian angler Stephen Pattingale, who fished a full squid on a 7/0 hook to take a cracking Pollock of 11lb 2oz.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake saw 25 anglers competing. Winner with a codling of 3lb 2oz was Dave Sinclair who was also third with a codling of 1lb 7oz. Runner up was Dave Mould with a codling of 1lb 8oz.
The Fisherman’s Locker match last Wednesday took place between South Shields Pier and Roker Pier, with most of the 25 anglers choosing to fish the Rock Marks.
Winner Andy Rutherford took a codling of 4lb 4oz. Runner up Steve Cummings had a codling of 2lb 14oz, whilst Rutherford took third with a 2lb 9oz fish.
Seaham SAC fished for the Angus Mills Trophy on Sunday, with 65 anglers taking part.
Winner Gary Ramsden took four codling for 6.17lb. Second placed Kevin Gallagher took one codling for 1.52lb.
The heaviest single fish was Ramsden’s 2.29lb codling. He also won the pairs’ event on his own with four fish for 6.17lb.
Eight anglers competed in Sunday’s Sunderland SAC’s match. Winner Peter Moir took a codling of 2lb, while second place went to Paul Robinson with a 1lb coalfish.
Fifty five anglers fished Sunday’s Ryhope Club competition. Winner Andy Rutherford took two codling and a wrasse for 5,905g (including the heaviest single round fish at 2,420g – 5lb 4oz). Runner up Bobby Surtees had 1,995g, then Kevin Dylan had 1,575g.
The heaviest flat fish was a 585g flounder taken by Gaz Watson. The junior winner was Dan Tate with 465g.
Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night saw 30 anglers fishing over low water in flat conditions, 12 of them returned fish to the scales.
Winner M.Daglish had eight fish for 11lb 13oz. Runner up D. Browne also had eight fish, but for 11lb. The heaviest single fish was K. Hall’s at 4lb 11oz caught from Marsden Bay.
Seaham’s Badger Open takes place tomorrow night (7-11pm). Registration and weigh in are at Seaham HQ.
Ryhope’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in will be at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry is £5, with payout for the heaviest single fish.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30- 10.30pm). Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout. For details of venue, please ring Andy on the number below.
Dates for the diary include South Shields Open on November 8, and Sunderland Sea Angling Festival on November 29.