Seaham’s North Pier has seen a lot of lesser spotted dogfish over the last week.
Most were caught when it was dark, with anglers taking up to 10 in a session using all manner of baits, including sandeel, squid and lugworm.
Any anglers there using fish baits, stand a good chance of a thornback ray.
There have also been good bags of whiting and codling up to 6lb, but anglers are reminded that they have to be a member of Seaham Angling Club to have access to the pier. Anglers will be able to renew or take out membership after January 1. For more information, contact the club on 0191 5810321.
Further south, the colliery beaches at Easington and Horden have seen bags of up to six codling up to 6lb, with lugworm and fresh black lug the top baits.
Hendon Prom has produced some good bags of whiting, along with codling up to 4lb, with the north and south ends of the prom the best for codling.
The Glass Centre prom and The Rat House Corner, on the Old North Pier, have both given up good catches of whiting along with the odd codling.
Roker Pier has also produced good bags of whiting on lug and mackerel baits, with the end of the pier seeing some nice codling, with the best up to 5lb.
When there has been a bit south-easterly sea running, Roker Beach has given up some nice codling up to 6lb.
The rock marks at Whitburn and Marsden have still produced the better quality fish. Micky Rich fished Whitburn to take a cod of 8lb, while David Ratcliffe fished Marsden and took one of 9½lb.
South Shields Pier is producing whiting and codling to 3lb as is The Groyne at the mouth of the Tyne. The Walkway has fished well, with bags of five codling taken going to 4lb.
Further north, the rock marks between Craster and Dunstonburgh have seen some nice codling up to 8lb. The strangest reported fish of the week was a mackerel taken on a spinner by an angler fishing from St Abbs Head.
Local charter boat The Sapphire had a six-hour uptide trip on Sunday, fishing in 30ft of water a mile and a half off Souter Lighthouse. Forty codling were caught in the 3½lb to 6lb bracket. The top baits were squid, black lug and cart.
Seventeen anglers fished last Tuesday night’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake, with five weighing in seven cod.
Chris Hossack was top rod with a 2lb 8oz cod from the Barrier. Steve Cummings took second and third places with 2lb 4oz and 2lb from Roker Beach.
Wednesday’s Fisherman’s Locker match was badly affected by the gale force winds, with only eight brave anglers taking part. Lee Riley took first and second places with codling of 1lb 11oz and 1lb 9oz.
Sunday saw Seaham and Ryhope SAC’s fish their Christmas competitions.
Darren Swan won the Seaham event with nine fish for 10.84lb, while Ian Ainsley was second with five fish for 6.89lb. Third place went to Gary Blanchard with two fish for 6.66lb.
The heaviest single fish was Kevin Barris’s 6.15lb cod. The pairs’ prize was won by Swan and Gary Pye, with 17 fish for 17.19lb.
Ryhope had 63 fishing their Christmas competition, with 51 bringing fish (mostly whiting) to the scales.
Winner Barry Stowells took 4,680g (just over 10lb). Second place went to Stu Bland with 3,910g, while Chris Hossack took third with 3,645g, which included the heaviest round fish – a codling of 1,815g. The heaviest flat fish was Gary Taylor’s 450g flounder.
Sunderland SAC had 11 fishing at the weekend, with six weighing in.
Steven Rackstraw won with three whiting and a codling for 3lb 9oz. In joint second (2lb 2oz) were Ian Bellfield, with one whiting and a codling (which was the heaviest single fish at 1lb 10oz), and Alan Walker, with three whiting.
Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night saw six out of 27 anglers return fish to the scales with a mixture of codling, whiting and flounders.
First was N. Cutler with five fish (7lb 15 oz). Runner-up P. Harrison had four fish (5lb 2oz), while K. Hall took third place and the Ray Bardwell Memorial Shield with a single fish for 3lb 9oz.
Ryhope’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh-in will be at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry is £5, with payout for the heaviest single fish.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30-10.30pm). Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish), with 100% payout. For details of entry, call Andy on the number below.
The Easington Social Welfare Centre’s SAC will be holding the Dean Foster Memorial Trophy open competition on Sunday, January 3 (11am-4pm). Entry is £12 with £2 optional heaviest catch.
The heaviest single fish will receive £1,000. Registration is at Easington Social Welfare Centre (8.30-10.30am). More information is available from Ian Foster on 0191 5270635.
Members are reminder that Ryhope SAC’s presentation night takes place this Saturday (7.30pm at Ryhope Cricket Club).