Codling and whiting are aplenty as the North Sea calms

Ash Orwin with his fat cod!
Ash Orwin with his fat cod!
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When the big seas dropped away, there were plenty of good codling and whiting in our area with lugworm the top bait (although it was in short supply due to the small tides).

There were also reports of good size cod lost on the lift. With January and February the best time to catch a large cod in our area, you really need to take your drop net with you.

Seaham North Pier saw codling to 4lb along with big whiting.

The Cliff Marks at Ryhope gave up bags of up to 10 codling with the best around 8lb.

Hendon Prom has fished very well with each end of the prom best with bags of eight codling to 6lb, along with coalfish and whiting.

When it was open, Roker Pier produced good quantities of codling up to 7lb along with some very big whiting (the best going to 2lb).

The Ramp on the Old North Pier has seen plenty of codling, with the most productive mark being the Rat House Corner which saw big bags of good size whiting – some anglers managed 25 a session.

Lugworm tipped with mackerel proved to be the top bait for the whiting.

The Prom at the Glass Centre and the High Ledge have both fished well for whiting and have also seen codling up to 4lb.

Roker and Whitburn beaches have given up codling to 5lb when fished over low water.

South Shields Pier has seen some good bags of codling with most of the better fish taken inside of the first gate.

The Walkway at the mouth of the Tyne has fished well with codling up to 7lb.

Boat anglers have struggled to put to sea due to the bad weather, but that didn’t put Norbert Shroeder and Ashley Orwin off.

On Saturday, they had an up-tiding session close in off Hendon in 15m of water.

Ash was rewarded for his efforts with a cracking 18lb cod taken on squid and lugworm. When the fish was gutted, it was full of flatfish and sandeels! The also took 10 more codling, mostly in the 5lb to 6lb bracket.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake was cancelled due to the weather, but Wednesday night’s Fisherman’s Locker match went ahead with a change of venue to the Glass Centre.

Winner of the measure and release competition, Andy Rutherford took 11 fish for 329cm. Second place went to Chris Potts, with eight fish for 246cm. The longest fish was Colin Stead’s 49cm (about 3½ lb) codling.

On Sunday, Ryhope SAC saw a fantastic turnout of 86 anglers for their first club competition of the year.

The weigh-in took one hour and ten minutes, because 60 anglers brought fish to the scales. First was Liam Simpson, who fished The High Ledge and took whiting and codling for 6,105g.

Second placed Ken Haley fished the Rat House Corner taking 5,980g. Steve Rackstraw took third place with 5,215g.

The junior winner was Ryan Taylor with 4,715g. The heaviest flat fish was Gaz Watson’s 705g flounder, and the heaviest round fish was Paul Richardson’s 2,085g codling.

Seaham SAC competed for the Coronation Trophy on Sunday, with 87 anglers taking part, catching 161 fish for a total weight of 154lb.

Top rod was Jimmy Barrass with five fish for 10.10lb. Second place went to Timmy Ibbinson with four fish for 9.18lb (including the heaviest fish – a codling of 5.72lb).

Third place was taken by Danny Swan with eight fish for 8.92lb.

Sunderland SAC had 10 fishing at the weekend with six weighing in mainly whiting.

First was Paul Robinson with eight whiting for 6lb 3oz, second was Alan Walker with eight whiting for 5lb 7oz, then third was Henry Antliffe with four whiting and a flounder for 5lb 3oz.

Antliffe had the heaviest single fish which was a flounder of 1lb 10oz.

30 anglers fished Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night where 14 returned to the scales and weighed in with a mixture of cod/codlings, whiting and Coley.

T.Tate won with 16 fish (12lb) from Roker Pier, followed by P.Wastell with a single fish (6lb 3oz) from The Target, then D.Hall also with a single fish (5lb 13 oz) Whitburn.

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% payout. Registration is at Roker Pier car park (6.15-6.45pm). Boundaries are The Walkway to The Spiles at Seaham.

One for the diary is this year’s Bridlington Open taking place on March 4-6. More details are available from

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