THERE are plenty of small codling in the area to keep anglers entertained.
Although a lot are just undersized at around 33cm (35cm is the legal size), in a few weeks’ time they should be about right.
In with the small fish there have been codling up to 3lb taken from most areas. The ever-popular Hendon Prom has given up good bags of up to seven codling, with the best going to 3½lb.
The prom is a great place to fish if you don’t want to walk far, as two hours either side of high water you can fish out of the back of your car!
Further south, the beaches at Easington and Horden have both started to produce codling, with the biggest going to 3lb.
Unfortunately Roker Pier is still closed due to storm damage – anglers must hope it reopens soon.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have started to produce codling up to 5lb – these marks are great if you want a bit of peace and quiet fishing on your own.
Further north, beaches and rock marks from Whitley Bay to Newton have given up bags of six codling up to 3lb. Better fish have come from Newbiggin, with a few fish around 5lb and the odd one around 7lb. Rocky Island and Whitley Bay Pipe produced some decent mixed bags up to 10lb.
Boat anglers have had some good sport when the weather permitted, with cod up to 15lb, plenty of ling and mackerel.
A lot of local boats have started uptide fishing with mixed results, with some boats taking up to 16 codling going to 4lb.
Boats fishing out of the Tyne continue to do well, with the JFK averaging 30 to 40 fish a trip, with the best around 20lb and plenty more in double figures.
Down at Whitby, boats have enjoyed some fantastic sport. The Sea Otter 2 has taken good numbers of ling up to 20lb over wrecks.
Whitby’s Mistress has been fishing on the hard ground and averaging 20 to 30 fish, with the skipper reporting the ground being “alive” with fish in the 8-9lb range.
Local charter boat The Sapphire took a party out on Saturday, fishing six to eight miles offshore. They took codling ranging from 3½lb up to 7lb and ling to 10½lb, with reports of lots of undersized mackerel.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC match saw 20 fishing, with eight weighing in 16 codling. Paul Hossack (4.1lb) fished Whitburn to win, with runner-up Steven Rackstraw taking 2.5lb at Ryhope. Third-placed Bobby Surtees (2lb) fished at the Glass Centre.
Friday night’s Seaham Badger Open saw 31 anglers competing, with 11 weighing in 34 fish for 42lb.
Darren Swann’s 4.65lb cod took first place for the heaviest single fish, followed by Micky Davison’s 4lb cod and Gary Pye’s spotted ray (2.74lb). Pye had the heaviest bag with 13 fish (11.24lb) and also took the pairs title with Swann with 17 fish (18lb).
Saturday night’s Blenny Hill Open was won by Paul Edwards’ three fish (which included the longest fish at 30cm) for 81cm. Second place was taken by Jim Dobie with two fish for 55cm, while Rita Clark came third with a single fish at 28cm.
Sunday’s Open Boat competition was cancelled due to bad weather and will now take place on Sunday, September 29 – same times and venue.
Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night had 22 anglers out, with only six managing to weigh in.
Top rod with eight codling for 7lb 3oz, taken from Tynemouth, was Stevie Taarland, whose winning bag included the heaviest fish at 1lb 5oz.
Runner-up Rob Wells had a mixed bag of three codling and coalfish from Marsden for 3lb 3oz, while Stevie Gordon took a coalfish and a pollock for 2lb 6oz from South Shields Pier to take third place.
This Sunday sees the Seaton Sluice Open (10am-2pm). Boundaries are from Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses Pier with the weigh-in (2-3.15pm) at competition HQ, the Bank House Club in Newbiggin. Tickets are available from there on the day or in advance from local tackle shops. Entry is £12 for seniors and £3 for juniors.
Sunderland SAC fish their competition on Sunday (2-6pm) and Seaham SAC will compete for the Angus Mills Trophy (2-7pm). Sunday also sees the final Rutherford’s Cono-flex League match at the Tyne Business Park (3-6pm), as well as Ryhope SAC’s first Winter League competition (2-6pm).
The RNLI competition due to take place on Sunday on Roker Pier has been postponed until September 29 (11am-5pm). Meet at Sue’s Café at 10am. Entry is £2 per rod.
Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration is at the VillageTavern at 5.45pm.
Two dates for the diary from Ryhope SAC include heaviest fish matches on December 24 and 31 (noon-4pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout (anglers may win more than one prize). Registration for both matches will be at Ryhope SAC HQ in the Village Tavern from 10.30-11.30am. Boundaries are Seaham Spiles (included) to The Walkway in the Tyne, with South Shields Pier and Roker Pier in bounds if open, and the River Wear up to Queen Alexandra Bridge. No artificial lures and no bait restrictions. Further information from Chris on 07518 927781.