Boat anglers have taken advantage of breaks in the weather to take good catches of good cod and still the odd mackerel.
Fishing on board the Samson 2, Darren Briggs took a cracking 14lb cod in a bag of 12 fish, while fishing in 30ft of water out of Sunderland.
Squid and frozen black lug were the top baits.
Last Tuesday, charter boat The Sapphire fished over the White Stones, just off Hendon, with anglers on board taking 40 codling up to 6½lb on cart, mussel and squid baits.
Out again on Saturday, fishing the same ground, the five anglers on board had an even better day taking 73 codling, with the best a 7½lb fish and others in the 5lb to 6lb bracket. The fish were all taken on a mixture of razor fish, squid, lug and cart baits.
Boats fishing out of the Tyne have also reported good catches of fish, with cod and ling into double figures.
Shore anglers need the winds to change direction to lift the sea and bring more codling in to feed.
Roker Pier has seen some good bags of whiting in the hours of darkness, along with some nice codling – the best reported was 6lb 13oz taken from the first steps casting into the bay. There have also been a few good sized coalfish, along with the odd pollock up to 3lb.
The River Wear has produced the usual flounders and lots of undersized whiting.
The rock marks from Whitburn to Marsden have seen a few codling up to 4lb, but they seem to be fishing a lot better after dark.
South Shields Pier has produced codling to 3lb, along with whiting.
The Tyne has produced the best bags of codling and whiting, with the fish moving up and down the river. Marks between the Walkway at the mouth of the river and Jarrow Police HQ are all worth a look.
Further north, there have been nice cod taken in the Tynemouth and Whitley Bay areas. At Amble, there have been cod to 11lb and others in the 8-10lb range.
Seventeen anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with all the top prizes falling to cod. Andy Rutherford took first (4lb 3oz) and second places (3lb 9oz), whilst third place went to Peter Morita (2lb 3oz). Both fished from Seaburn Prom.
Last Wednesday night’s Fisherman’s Locker competition had 27 competitiors.
Winner Mark Shotton fished Roker Pier to take a cod of 6lb 13oz. Runner-up Terry Wood caught a codling of 2lb 14oz and third, with a 2lb 8oz codling, was Steve Cummings.
In the Seaton Sluice Open, 61 of the 170 competitors weighed in fish.
Geoff King won with the heaviest bag of three fish from Cambois (12lb 13oz), ahead of M. Gibson’s four fish (12lb 2oz) at Dunstanburgh. Lee Burton had the heaviest round fish (7lb 15oz) and Jamie Davidson had the heaviest flat fish (1lb 7oz). The junior winner was R. Smailes with two fish (7lb 4oz).
The Whitley Bay Night Open had a turnout of 59 anglers.
Alan Wood took three codling (9lb 10oz) to win, including the heaviest single fish (5lb 10oz). Mick Small was second with five fish (8lb 11oz) and Derek Wood took four fish for third (7lb 14oz).
Sunday’s Ryhope club competition saw 51 anglers competing. The winner with 3,020g was M. Telford, who also had the heaviest round fish at 1,510g. Second was K. Carter (1,735g) and R. Stevenson was third (1,610g), with Chris Hossack fourth (1,165g).
Sunderland SAC had 10 fishing at the weekend, with five weighing in.
Top rod was Gareth Gardiner (10lb 14oz) with four cod and three whiting. Runner-up Paul Robinson (5lb 4oz) took five whiting and a cod, while third-placed Peter Moir (3lb 11oz) took a pollock, a coalfish and a dab.
The heaviest single fish (a 3lb 10oz cod) was caught by Alan Walker.
Seaham SAC’s Badger Open takes place tomorrow night (7-11pm). Entry is £10 plus optional pools. Registration and weigh-in are at the club HQ.
This Sunday sees Ryhope SAC fish their last club competition of the year (11am-3pm). Sunderland SAC have brought their next club competition forward by a week, so will also be out on Sunday (noon-4pm).
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 entry, call Andy on the number below.
Tickets are now on sale in local tackle shops for the Sunderland Shore Angling Festival on Sunday, November 29 (2-6pm – weigh-in by 6.45pm). For more information, call Geoff on 07772 393196 or Andy on the number below.
Seaham’s North Pier is now open to club members following the completion of the works on the pier.