ANGLERS took good bags of codling from most marks last week, with bags of up to 10 fish not uncommon.
Most of the codling have been around 1¼lb to 2½lb, but there have been a good number around 4-5lb.
The Spiles at the bottom of Seaham North Pier has given up fish to 6lb and there’s nowhere easier to fish – but note that the Dock Company closes the access gate at 7.30pm.
Cliff marks at Ryhope have also produced fish, as have the beaches at Roker and Whitburn. The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have produced some better quality fish around 5-6lb.
The Groyne, at the mouth of the Tyne, and The Walkway have given up bags of up to 14 fish, with the best around 4lb.
South Shields Pier has fished well in the dark for codling, with bags of up to 14 fish to 4lb being caught.
Further north, there have also been plenty of codling, with the Whitley Bay area giving up bags of 10 fish. Cambois, at Blyth, has produced some better quality fish up to 6lb, while marks at Newbiggin have fished well, with Alan Robson taking a bag of 13 fish for 26lb.
Craster, Seahouses and Amble have had good results, with Davey Sayers taking a cod of 13lb in a bag of 10 fish.
Although the big seas have kept shore anglers happy, they have meant that boat anglers have struggled to put to sea. Those who have managed to get out have had some great sport uptiding.
The Sapphire went out on Saturday and took 15 codling to 4lb, along with a surprise 10lb conger eel taken by Philip Heirs on squid and runny down bait.
The Topline had a great day on Sunday taking more than 70 codling between 2lb-4lb, with most of the fish returned to the water. The best baits were mussel, lugworm and crab kart.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC match saw 11 of the 23 competitors weighing in 35 cod. Davy Mould (5lb 4½oz) won, followed by Chris Hossack (4lb 11oz), Stew Carr (4lb 9oz) and Richy Carr (4lb 5½oz).
Sunderland SAC had 14 fishing at the weekend, with about half weighing in codling, whiting, flounders and a single coalfish.
Gary Conlin won with two cod for 2lb 6oz, ahead of Alan Walker’s two cod for 2lb and Alan Mordey’s two flounders for 1lb 15oz. There was a tie for heaviest fish, both cod of 1lb 5oz, between Gary Conlin and Billy Gamblin.
The Newbiggin Open saw 78 fishing with 55 weighing in 285lb, mostly codling of 1-2lb, a couple of flounders and coalfish.
Willy Foster triumphed with nine fish for 16lb 9oz, while runner-up Scott Davidson also had nine fish for 15lb 9½oz. Mark Smith took third place with six fish for 10lb 12.1oz, while Steve Williams had the heaviest single fish (5lb 9½oz).
Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night had 29 entries, with 13 weighing in.
Lee Jackson took the top spot with four codling (5lb 12oz) from Marsden. Whitburn was the mark of choice for Stevie Taarland, who caught two codling (5lb 7oz) to take second place. Andy Brotherton caught two codling from Marsden (5lb 4oz), one of which secured him the heaviest fish (4lb 3oz), in third.
Tonight, there is a sweepstake competition at Hendon Prom (7-10pm).
Entry is £5 with 100 per cent payout, for the heaviest single fish.
More details from Ken McCoy on 07773 646895.
Tomorrow night, Seaham Sea Anglers will fish their Badger Open (7-11pm). Entry is £10 – registration and weigh in at Seaham HQ.
Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday sweepstake (7-10pm), takes place as usual next week with registration at the Village Tavern.