HARDENED anglers brave enough to face last week’s awful weather enjoyed good sport despite the uncomfortable fishing conditions.
Over high tide, Hendon prom saw codling to 5lb along with good bags of whiting, while Roker Beach gave up bags of up to six codling to 3lb over low water.
Before the weekend, the Old North Pier fished well with large bags of very big whiting (the best up to 2lb), along with codling to 5lb.
Roker Pier, when open – it seems to have been closed when the weather was good and then open when a storm was forecast – has fished well for whiting to 2lb and codling to 7lb.
South Shields Pier has continued to be inconsistent, with some tides producing whiting, coalfish and cod to 7lb and nothing on others.
The Tyne has produced codling and whiting, with Jarrow Riverside Park and Hebburn Marina worth a look.
Further north, Blyth Beach and Blyth West Pier have performed very well when there has been a good sea running, with bags of up to eight codling, with the best around the 8lb mark.
Ryhope SAC’s match on New Year’s Eve had 21 anglers out, with seven weighing in nine codling. Richie Carr (7lb 2oz) won from Paul Richardson (6lb 1oz), Micky Davison (5lb 14oz) and Micky Newton (2lb 5oz).
The New Year’s Eve sweepstake at the Glass Centre had a turnout of 27 anglers, with most taking fish, a mixture of codling, whiting and flounders.
The winner in Zone One was Chris Stringer with 18 fish for 571cm, including the longest round fish – a 50cm codling. Runner-up Bob Gascoigne took 12 fish for 384cm and third-placed Steve Ragstraw had 13 fish for 345cm.
Zone Two was won by Shaun Golightly’s 16 fish for 373cm, ahead of Steve Potts (14 for 244cm) and Micky Bell (11 for 286cm). The longest flat fish, a 33cm flounder, was caught by Peter Graves.
Sunderland SAC had 13 fishing at the weekend, with seven weighing in.
Alan Walker triumphed with two whiting for 1lb 15oz, followed by Peter Moir’s two whiting for 1lb 14oz (one of which took the heaviest fish prize at 1lb 2oz). Joint third were Alan Mordey and Billy Gamblin, both with 1lb whiting.
The Amble Open had a magnificent turnout of 379 anglers, with 124 weighing in 373 fish for a total of 443lb 11½oz.
Ben Laws from Whitby took the heaviest bag title with seven cod for 14lb 11oz, while Sunderland angler Gareth Gardiner had the heaviest single fish at 7lb ¾oz.
The heaviest flat fish, at 1lb 14½oz, was taken by Alan Wood. Pauline Ferry scooped the women’s title with four flat fish for 4lb 12¾oz, with Ethane Marshall taking the junior title, also with four flat fish for 3lb 10¼oz.
Ryhope SAC’s first club competition of the year was hard going for the 69 entrants.
The top angler on the day was F. Terry, who was overall winner with a 955g codling (also the heaviest round fish) and the domino card, for a money-spinning treble.
Second place went to A. Win (815g), followed by W. Harriman (750g). The heaviest flat fish was J. Robson’s flounder. The junior winner, and fourth overall, was M. Win (740g).
Seaham SAC’s club competitions begin on Sunday with the Coronation Cup (11am-4pm). The club committee have confirmed that there will not be any work carried out on the North Pier.
The main competition this weekend is Little Derek’s Fishing for Funds competition on Sunday (2-6pm).
Boundaries are Hebburn Marina in the Tyne to Queen Alexandra Bridge in the Wear. Roker and South Shields Piers are in bounds if open.
This is a heaviest single fish competition with one fish, one prize per angler. Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors, who must be accompanied by an adult.
The first prize is a Cono-flex 13ft Beach Quiver., second prize is a tackle box and Breakaway back rest and the third prize is a Sundridge Flotation Jacket. All monies raised from ticket sales and the raffle will go to the charity. Tickets are on sale now in local tackle shops.
Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake returns on Tuesday (7-10pm), with registration at The Village Tavern in Ryhope.