DESPITE last week’s strong winds making it uncomfortable to fish, the big tides pushed fish inshore with codling to 4lb and big whiting being taken from all the piers in our area.
Seaham North Pier has seen good whiting in the hours of darkness, along with codling up to 3lb.
The end of Roker Pier has been the best place, with lugworm or lugworm tipped with mackerel the best baits.
Whiting have also shown at Hendon Prom over high water, but not on every tide.
Roker Pier fished well last week on the flood tide and over low water with bags of up to six codling to 4lb taken as well as quality whiting (the best reported was a cracking 1lb 12oz).
The end of the pier has been the best place, with lugworm or lugworm tipped with mackerel the best baits.
There were also codling taken from The Barrier on Roker Pier, with the best around 3lb.
At the start of last week, there were bags of up to ten whiting and codling to 2lb taken from the Rat House Corner with mackerel and mussel top baits.
There were lots of undersized fish at the Glass Centre (codling, coalfish and whiting) taking all types of bait.
Further up river, there have been plenty of flounders coming from Claxheugh and The Timber Beach with frozen runnydown top bait.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have seen codling up to 5lb.
South Shields Pier saw bags of up to six codling going to 3½ lb, along with whiting and the odd sized coalfish.
Local charter boat The Sapphire took advantage of a break in the weather on Sunday morning to have a three hour uptiding session.
Fishing south of the low prom at Hendon, the four anglers aboard took cod from 2½lb up to 10lb – the 10lb fish was caught by Pete Thomas.
All fish fell to crab and black lug bait.
Sixteen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, but only three managed to weigh in two cod and three whiting.
First place went to Barrie Stowell with a 2lb 3oz cod from The Target, while runner-up Bobby Surtees had a 1lb 5oz cod.
Karl Dylan took third and fourth places with a 1lb and a 15oz whiting from the Round Head at Roker Pier.
Club anglers had a hard time of it on Sunday with the rain and gale-force winds, but still managed to find fish.
Sunderland SAC saw nine anglers fishing their match at the weekend, with three of them weighing in 11 cod, six whiting and a flounder.
Top rod was Peter Moir with seven cod (one of which was the heaviest single fish at 3lb 2oz), two whiting and a flounder for a 16lb bag.
Runner-up Paul Robinson had three cod and four whiting for 9lb 1oz, while Alan Walker was third with a single cod for 1lb 8oz.
Forty-seven anglers competed for the Lawson Cup at Seaham, with 12 anglers bringing 12 whiting and 17 codling to the scales.
First-placed Danny Swan took 11 fish (10.49lb), runner-up Peter Appleby had three fish (5.39lb), then Davey Bond also had three fish (4.67lb).
The heaviest single fish was a tie between Appleby and Gary Blanchard, both with a 2.24lb codling.
The pairs event was won by Danny Swan fishing on his own.
Ryhope Club’s competition had 53 entrants. Lee Burton took the top spot with a bag of codling and whiting for 4,750g, followed by Andy Rutherford with 4,490g.
Junior angler Ryan Taylor secured third place and the junior prize with three codling and a whiting for 3,980g.
Fourth was Paul Hossack with 1,865g, including the heaviest flounder of 585g. The heaviest round fish was Taylor’s 1,750g codling.
Twelve out of 25 anglers returned with fish in Monday night’s Cleadon SAC match.
Winner G. Stobbs had four fish for 6lb 9oz. Runner-up S. Start took two fish for 5lb 10oz, while, in third place, L. Jackson had three fish for 5lb 5oz. M. Daglish won the Brickwork Direct Shield with a 2lb 6oz cod.
The European Open Beach Championships takes place this weekend offering a huge prize fund of £35,000.
More information is available from www.eyevents.co.uk or calling Kieran Lawry on 01482 391669.
This coming Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is cancelled, so the next match will take place on Tuesday, March 10 (7-10pm), with registration and weigh-in at Ryhope Community Centre.
Entry for this match is £10 with 100 per cent payout.
The Wednesday night competition takes place on March 4 (7.30-10.30pm) at The Glass Centre.
This is a catch and release competition.
Everyone is welcome, entry is £10 (to include the longest fish prize).
One for the diary is this year’s Silloth Open taking place on Sunday May 24 (10-2pm). Entry for seniors is £20, juniors £5. with 100 per cent pay-out.
This is a catch, measure and conversion competition and is also eligible for Penn Points and is limited to 80 pegs.
To pre-book contact Paul at West Coast Bait & Tackle, on 01900 605093.