Sport for boat anglers is improving by the day, with good numbers of cod and mackerel along with ling and Pollock.
The best fish of the week was a massive 26lb cod taken by Keith Ryder fishing on board the JFK2 out of the Tyne.
Ross Alexander took a personal best ling of 20½lb.
Most local boats have averaged 100 fish per trip with most codling in the 3lb to 5lb bracket.
Local charter boat, Sapphire, was out last Tuesday and took codling to 9½lb, pollock to 5lb and ling to 7lb, with shads, particularly orange shads, taking most of the fish.
Out again on Sunday fishing over the wrecks, anglers on board took cod in the 4lb to 5lb mark with the best going to 6½ lb, along with pollock up to 5½ lb.
The Whitby Festival was won with a 24lb 2oz ling taken by Mick Leonard, second place went to Peter Lockwood with a cod of 17lb 4oz.
Carl Farrar was third with a ling of 15lb 7oz. The ladies section was won by Sarah Miller, with a cod of 10lb 5oz.
The skipper of the Blueye2, fishing out of the Tyne, landed the best fish, a 15lb 3oz cod.
Also on board, Anthony Dodds took a cod of 14lb 6oz.
Shore anglers have taken good numbers of mackerel from Roker Pier with some anglers taking bags in excess of 50 fish. There have also been coalfish, dabs and flounders.
The River Wear is still producing flounders and good eels from most up river marks.
At the Glass Centre there have been lots of coalfish, with a few going to 1½lb – mostly taking crab and mackerel strip.
South Shields Pier has also seen good numbers of mackerel, along with launce sandeel from the Small Wall area.
The Blocks have produced codling up to 3lb on crab bait.
Six out of 19 anglers weighed in five flounders and an eel (all were returned to the water) at last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake.
First was Joe Gibson (1lb 5oz eel), second was Davy Stoker (1lb 1oz), third was Gary Watson (15oz) and fourth was Lee Burton 12oz.
The Wearside Fishermen’s Locker match took place at Southwick Prom last Wednesday, with 16 anglers competing.
First place went to Gareth Gardiner, with seven fish for 192cm including the longest fish – a cracking 40cm flounder.
Runner up was Steve Cummings, with eight fish for 190cm and third went to Chris Stringer with seven fish for 197cm.
On Sunday, eight anglers fished the Sunderland SAC competition, with only one bringing fish to the scales – a 1lb 8oz codling caught by Peter Moir.
The Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstake took place at the Glass Centre on Sunday, with the low peg numbers producing coalfish.
Winner Jordan Hunter took 16 fish for 462cm. Second place went to Stu Foots with 14 fish for 385cm, with Leno Fenech taking third with 12 fish for 329cm.
Darren Browne won the Bedlington Summer Open with 10 fish for 14lb 14oz.
Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at Southwick Prom (7pm to 10pm) on Tuesday.
Entry is £5, registration and peg draw will be at venue.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday.
Call Andy on 0191 5654183 for details of venue.
Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100% payout. Registration and peg draw at the venue.