THERE is a definite change taking place along the coastline, with coalies showing at quite a few places, mostly on Roker Pier and Shields Pier, with some travelling up the rivers.
Reasonable codling are also being taken from the piers, averaging two pounds.
Crab baits are taking most of the fish, but flounders in the Wear are still favouring worm.
Boat anglers off the Tyne are taking some codling at last, with Arthur Smeaton having six codling to 7lb 14oz from just off Whitley Bay, but there are no reports of any activity off the Wear as yet.
The Swordfish was out on Sunday, but, despite trying numerous wrecks and the hard ground, eight anglers took nothing, not even a bite.
Odd single fish are taking the top prizes in quite a number of matches, but the exception was Steve Harper who fished the Tyne in a Tynemouth match and weighed in FIVE coalies and a flounder for the winning catch of 5lb 6oz.
Closer to home, Eastenders had a marathon week, fishing four matches, starting last Wednesday with a sweepstake.
Fourteen rods competed and four weighed in four codling and two flounders. Chris Hossack chose his usual spot on Roker Pier and took the heaviest fish, a 3lb codling.
He also came second with another at 2lb 8oz, beating Ernie Hunter into third place (2lb 4oz) from Panns Bank. Richie Greenhalgh came fourth for a 13oz flounder from Shields Pier.
There was an extremely poor turnout for Friday’s Eastenders Open, with just four competitors registering and one weighing in two fish.
David Steel tried Panns Bank and took a flounder and a blenny for 1lb 13oz. The organisers said that this will be the last of the Friday competitions.
Saturday saw better results for Eastenders SAC, with 22 members fishing and six weighing in eight coalies, two blennies and a flounder.
Chris Hossack changed his venue and fished at Shields Pier, where he won with four coalies for 3lb, with Jim Dobie runner-up for three coalies from Lambton Drops (2lb 10oz). Billy Jackson took a 1lb 3oz flounder from the Queen Alexandra Bridge for third place and Richie Carr came fourth for a 13oz coalie from Shields Pier.
Sunday saw a poor weigh-in for the Eastenders Open, when 18 rods competed and just four weighed in four flounders and a coalie.
Ernie Hunter chose the river and won with a 1lb 1oz flounder, with Ian Ainsley next for a 1lb coalie from Shields Pier. John Gordon was third (13oz flounder) from Panns Bank and John Nixon fourth for an 11oz flounder from Lambton Drops.
This Sunday, Sunderland SAA fish from noon-4pm, while Seaham SAC are out for the Clifford Plate (noon-5pm), Ryhope SAC compete from 2-6pm and Eastenders have an Open with registration from 12.15pm (fishing straight away). Entry is £6. Eastenders also have a Sweepstake on Wednesday (7-10pm).