ANGLERS heading for Roker Pier this week will no doubt be admiring the smart, new pier gates.
In their admiration, they might also notice that the new gates are a good few yards further up, which will enable anglers to fish the bottom of the pier on big seas and tides.
It will be interesting to see if any fish are caught from this new mark!
As for the rest of the pier, there have been whiting and lots of flatfish taken from the end of the pier, as well as one or two codling up to 2½lb. The heavier ground around the barrier has seen codling up to 3lb.
My prediction for this week is that fishing for whiting will really pick up as the tides get bigger.
The best bait is worm and mackerel strip, although the increasingly popular blueys (proper name Pacific Saury) have been taking a lot of whiting as well as a few codling!
The River Tyne (particularly Hebburn Marina, Jarrow Police HQ and The Walkway) has fished well for big whiting and codling up to 4½lb, with the best baits proving to be frozen or fresh crab and lugworm.
South Shields Pier has been giving up good bags of whiting along with codling to 3lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have not disappointed either with codling (up to 5lb), whiting and small coalfish. The water marks have been fishing best with The Wherry and Shelf at Whitburn, and Black Path and Johnsons at Marsden, all worth a look. Best baits will be crab, mussel and lugworm.
Heading south, Hendon Prom and Seaham Hall Beach have been fishing well for whiting, along with codling up to 6lb taken from Seaham North Pier, the Green Wall and Chemical Beach.
Last Tuesday, Ryhope Club fished their midweek Open, with 18 anglers competing and four weighing in six fish.
Lee Douglas took the top two places with a pollock (915g) and a cod (630g) taken from Roker Pier. Third place went to Chris Hossack for his pouting (560g), also from Roker Pier, while Willie Rowntree chose Souter to catch his coalfish (475g) in fourth place.
Last Sunday’s John Wylie Open was fished in very windy conditions.
Despite this, 65 anglers fished with 17 weighing in 38 fish (50.32lb). Paul Hossack claimed first place with a codling (4.99lb), followed by Peter Appleby, with a codling of 3.88lb.
Another codling (3.39lb) secured third place for Joe Gibson, who also claimed the heaviest bag with five fish (7.67lb).
The pairs prize went to P. Appleby and D. Appleby with two fish (6.01lb), followed by Dean Ambler and John Barrass with eight fish (5.58lb).
Monday evening saw 28 members of Cleadon Club fishing their competition, with 10 weighing in.
First place went to Billy Lea, who had eight whiting (6lb 3oz) from Roker Pier.
Gary Parker’s codling (4lb 12oz) from Marsden Beach guaranteed second place and the heaviest fish prize. Marsden Beach also provided Albert Gray with third place, giving up four whiting (2lb 15oz).
The Sea Anglers Match Federation (SAMF) are holding a match this weekend at Hendon Beach tomorrow and Blyth Beach on Saturday. This competition will see teams from SAMF, the Army, Police and Fire Service competing against each other.
Sunday is going to be a busy day for match anglers – Ryhope Sea Angling Club will be holding their club competition (3-7pm), Sunderland Sea Anglers will also be fishing (3-7pm) and Seaham Sea Anglers will fish for the Dawes Brothers Cup (2-7pm).
Ryhope Club’s Tuesday Open will take place next week (7-10pm).
This is a heaviest single fish competition with registration and weigh-in at the back of the Sea View Club.
Entry is £5 and the boundaries are south to Seaham North Pier (excluded), north to Souter Point car park and west to Wearmouth Bridge. Weigh-in by 10.45pm.
One for the diary will be Seaham Angling Club’s next Badger Open on Friday, February 3 (7pm-11pm).
Registration and weigh-in at Seaham HQ. Entry is £5 plus optional pairs.
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