COD in good numbers have been taken all across the North East, with the average size reaching between 5lb and 6lb.
Over the next few weeks, there should be a very good chance of taking double figure fish from the shore, just as Gary Pye did, catching a 10lb 12oz fish from Hawthorn Point.
Hendon Prom has fished very well, giving up bags of up to 12 codling over high tide.
The Old North Pier was the mark chosen by Arron Stead to take a fantastic bag of 17 codling, with the best reaching 6lb 8oz.
The Rat House Corner has seen quality whiting taken on lugworm tipped with mackerel bait, along with codling up to 5lb, which were tempted by lugworm alone.
Roker Pier, when open, has fished well. Big whiting up to 2lb have been taken along with bags of five codling to 5lb.
The best fish of the week fell to the rod of Wayne Gleaves on Saturday night and weighed a cracking 13lb 8oz.
Roker Beach and Whitburn Beach have provided great sport over low water, with local angler Brian Hopper taking eight cod to 8¾lb, then returning the next night to take a further nine fish for 32lb, with the best this time going to 9.35lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn have seen some quality fish, with Richy Carr taking eight codling in an hour, a half-a-mile from the Mud Hole, with the best going to 5lb 7oz.
On the next tide, Carr moved to Marsden Cliffs to take three fish for 19lb 12oz, with the best being 9lb 14oz.
The 40mph mark at Marsden Cliff has produced cod up to 8lb. Fishing at the North Arm of Frenchman’s Bay, Tommy Tate took two fish of 9lb.
During daylight hours, South Shields Pier has fished well, with codling, whiting and a few good coafish being taken.
Last Monday, Stephen O’Brien took a 9lb cod from the end of the pier.
Further north, the fishing has been just as good with quality cod being taken.
Simon Todd took the heaviest fish in the Whitley Bay club competition with a 10lb 6oz cod from Castle Rocks, while Shaun Brannen won the Bedlington Station match with 10 fish for 30lb 7oz.
The Newbiggin area has fished well, with all marks producing fish, with the best fish going to 16lb. Peter Ramsdale fished Howick to take four fish for 16lb, with the best one at 8½lb, and rhe rock marks at Dunstanburgh Castle have produced bags of five and six fish up to 10lb.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake saw only six out of 23 competitors weighing in 16 codling.
Top rod was Richy Carr with 5lb 7oz from Whitburn, and he also managed fourth place with a 2lb 8oz specimen.
Second and third places both went to Lee Burton with 4lb 7oz and 3lb 4oz, caught from Ryhope.
Ryhope’s club competition on Sunday saw 51 anglers competing.
The clear winner, with eight codling for 7,810g, was Chris Hossack. Runner-up C.Coxon had 2,615g, with junior angler Ryan Taylor, fishing his second ever club competition, third with 2.135g. Fourth place went to K. Haley (2,050g).
The heaviest flat fish was Colin Smith’s 705g flounder. Hossack had the heaviest round fish at 1,595g and the junior winner was, of course, Ryan Taylor.
This Sunday sees Seaham SAC competing for the Kirton Cup (1-6pm). Ryhope SAC will fish their club competition (3-7pm) and Sunderland SAC will also be out (1-5pm).
Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm) with registration at The Village Tavern.
Next Friday, Seaham SAC’s Badger Open is on from 7-11pm. Entry is £10, registration and weigh-in are at Seaham Club HQ.