SHORE anglers are still enjoying the run of good weather along with a run of good fishing.
There are plenty of mackerel coming from Roker Pier, along with flounders, coalfish and plaice.
There have also been a few good pollock, but most of these have been lost on the lift up the pier wall. These are hard-fighting fish, so you stand more of a chance using a 40lb-plus shockleader.
Shads have been starting to show from local piers and anglers are reminded that these are a protected species and should be returned safely to the water as soon as possible.
The Wear continues to produce flounders up to 2lb along with good-sized eels tempted by crab bait. Anywhere between Southwick Prom and the Golden Lion is worth a look.
For anglers not wanting to walk too far, the Rat House Corner on the Old North Pier has given up coalfish and flounders and, on some tides, good bags of mackerel to anglers fishing on the bottom with fish strip baits.
South Shields Pier has fished well all week, with bags of up to 20 mackerel being caught. Anglers have also caught good bags of plaice – up to 12 per angler, along with coalfish and sandeels. Codling have also shown up in good numbers, although a lot are just of size, there has been a good amount of fish between 2lb and 3lb and the odd one up to 5lb.
Anglers fishing from boats have continued to fish well, with some quality specimens being taken. Aboard the JFK, Ken Hope took a ling of 28lb, which was then bettered by Paul Davison (30lb). On the same trip, other anglers took ling to 19lb, coalfish to 8lb and cod to 15lb.
Local charter boat The Sapphire fished inshore on Sunday and took codling up to 4½lb, pollock and coalfish to 3lb and lots of pouting to 2lb.
The best fish of the week locally fell to the rod of 16-year-old Arran Stead while fishing on private boat Blue Note. The 18lb 8oz cod took a greed shad fished over a wreck four miles offshore.
A group of anglers who travelled to Norway found some fantastic sport. Paul Skea, Keith Olley, Ryan Shaw, Shaun Richardson and Gary Bryant fished on a self-drive boat.
After taking cod to 30lb and decent halibut on their first few days, the fishing really took off with Richardson taking two monster cod of 51lb and 42lb. Skea had a cod of 36lb and a halibut of 30lb while Olley landed a cod of 41lb, Bryant a cod of 30lb and Shaw took the biggest halibut at 45lb. Not a bad week’s fishing!
Last Tuesday night’s Ryhope SAC sweepstake had 26 anglers out. All caught fish, but it was hard work on an ebbing tide with a lot of fresh water and debris coming down the Wear after the heavy rain the previous day.
All fish were returned safely to the water. Jim Dobie won with an eel of 1lb 5oz, while Steve Rackstraw and Davie McCready tied for second place with 1lb 3oz flounders. Frankie Terry and Steve Rackstraw were joint fourth with 1lb 2oz flounders.
Seaham’s Blenny Hill Open saw 21 anglers competing on Friday night. John Lovet triumphed with three fish for 108cm, including the longest single fish at 41cm.
Runner-up Paul Edwards landed three fish for 84cm, with Jim Dobie (58cm) third.
The Bedlington Open saw 40 of 98 anglers weighing a total of 270lb.
Top rod was Andy Crow with 11 fish for 20lb 13oz, followed by J. Blaney’s five for 14lb ½oz and M. Pygal’s eight for 12lb 2oz. The heaviest single fish was Scott Davidson’s 6lb 1½oz cod. Meanwhile, the heaviest flat fish (a 1lb 4oz turbot) was caught by Norma Erwin.
Seaham SAC competed for the Crawford Cup on Sunday, with 17 of the 59 competitors weighing in a mixture of pollock, flounders, plaice, pouting, wrasse and a lemon sole.
Peter Appleby won with three fish for 2.80lb, while runner-up David Woods had three for 2.71lb and Jim Dobie was third with seven for 2.37lb. The heaviest single fish was Robert Davison’s 1.63lb wrasse (setting a new club record) and the pairs event was won by Woods and Paul Edwards with five fish for 3.31lb.
Sunday’s Rutherford’s Cono-flex League fished at the Tyne Business Park, and competitors found plenty of flounders. John Stead was victorious with 21 fish (389cm), followed by Ken McCoy’s 21 fish (294cm) and Chris Stringe’s 16 (283cm). The longest fish was Stead’s 36cm flounder.
This Sunday, Seaham SAC compete for the Treasurer’s Cup (11am-4pm), while Ryhope Summer League continues at the Copthorne Hotel (11am-3pm).
The boat angling competition due to take place on Sunday has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 1. More details to follow.
Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake (7-10pm) will take place at Southwick Prom. There will be someone to watch the cars.
A couple of dates for the diary include the Jewson Builders Merchants Seaton Sluice AC Open on Sunday, September 22 (10am-2pm), with a first prize for the heaviest bag of £500.
The heaviest round fish will win £100 (with £50 for the next best) and the heaviest flat fish £50. Entry is £12 all classes. Boundaries are Tynemouth Pier to Seahouses South Pier. More information from Micky on 07974 369897.
Another competition to look forward to is Seaham SAC’s Durham Night Hawk on Saturday, August 31 (6pm-1am).