DESPITE the flat seas, there have still been some codling to be had in our area this week.
Seaham North Pier has produced codling, along with good sized whiting, mostly through the hours of darkness.
The rock marks at the Green Wall have also seen codling going up to 4lb.
Roker Pier has produced quality whiting up to 1½lb, but not in any great numbers. There have also been good codling from the pier, particularly from The Barrier and the end of the pier, with fish up to 6lb being caught. The best reported was taken by Dicky Oliver and weighed 8½lb.
The cliff marks at Marsden are still seeing some good codling up to 7½lb, with anywhere around Souter Lighthouse worth a try.
South Shields Pier has seen codling up to 3lb and, in darkness, bags of up to 10 whiting have been taken.
The Tyne has still been the top spot, anywhere between the Copthorne Hotel and Jarrow Riverside Park producing bags of up to 15 codling, most around 1½lb to 2lb, along with some good sized fish up to 5lb. The best reported was caught by Anthony Morrow at 6lb 3oz. The best baits have been crab and lugworm.
Further north, there have still been some quality codling. Robert Armstrong fished Beadnell to take a cod of 12½lb. Steve Anderson took a bag of nine fish from Bull Rock at Newbiggin, with the best at 4lb 11oz.
The open beaches from Creswell to Embleton have produced some reasonable catches of flounders when the sea is calm.
Seventeen anglers fished last Tuesday Ryhope sweepstake, with nine weighing in 11 fish. Bob Surtees was top rod with 5lb 9oz from The Roundhead at Roker Pier. John Blaney was runner-up with 2lb 1oz from The Hall Beach, then Chris Hossack came third with 1lb 12oz from The Barrier at Roker Pier. Micky Davison sealed fourth place with 1lb 9oz from Ryhope.
The Wednesday night competition on Roker Pier last week saw 12 anglers taking part. Steve Rackstraw won with a codling of 1lb 6oz, closely followed by Tommy Tate (codling of 1lb 5oz), who also had the heaviest bag of three fish for 3lb 8oz.
Seaham SAC’s Christmas Fayre competition had 86 anglers out, with 27 bringing 73 fish to the scales for 68.66lb.
Winner Gary Pye took 21 fish (three codling and 18 whiting) for 18.59lb, while runner-up Gary Blanchard took five fish for 7.09lb, including the heavisest single fish, a 3.10lb codling. Danny Swan was third with six fish for 6.10lb, followed by Bob Turnbull (four fish for 5.72lb) and Steve Graham (four for 3.85lb).
Seven out of 32 anglers returned with fish at Cleadon SAC’s Fur and Feather match on Monday night. S. Pearson triumphed with three fish for 4lb 15oz (including the heaviest single fish, a 3lb cod) from Roker. Runner-up L. Jackson had two fish for 3lb 14oz, while B. Heslop had a single fish at 2lb 5oz in third place.
Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake will take place on Tuesday (7 to 10pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Boundaries are open (but no trespassing please) with registration and weigh-in at Ryhope Community Centre.
Easington Social Welfare Centre’s SAC will hold the Dean Foster Memorial Open competition on Sunday, January 4 (11am-4pm). Registration is at Easington Social Welfare Centre (8.30-10am).
Entry is £12 with an optional heaviest bag pool at £2. Boundaries are from Noses Point to Blackhall Chair. The top four prizes for the heaviest single fish are £1000 and the Dean Foster Memorial Trophy for first place, £500 for second, £250 for third, £150 for fourth.
More details are available from Ian Foster on 0191 527 0635.
Ryhope Sea Anglers’ first club competition of 2015 is also on January 4 (1-5pm).
Seaham SAC memberships for 2015 are available to buy from January 2 at Seaham HQ. The club HQ will be open Monday to Saturday (9.30am-12.30pm) for new and existing members. More information is available from membership secretary Paul Edwards on 0191 581 0321.