Cod anglers have been rewarded for their patience as this week saw the wind turn to the north and lift the sea, bringing in plenty of fish.
The Cliff Marks at Ryhope produced good bags of fish up to 6lb, with reports of bigger fish lost on the lift.
Hendon Prom also fished well with bags of up to six codling taken from The Slope fishing into the bay.
The riverside of the old North Pier also saw codling to 3lb along with some great bags of whiting. Some anglers have taken bags of 20 plus fish.
Roker Pier was closed during the big seas, but will be well worth a look when it re-opens.
Whitburn beach produced codling over low water with bags of up to five fish to 3lb. The Rock Marks at Whitburn and Marsden saw codling up to 7lb when they were accessible.
The Blocks area on South Shields Pier gave up codling to 6lb and the end of the pier fished well over low water with bags of up to 10 codling.
The River Tyne is still giving up codling and good sized whiting, anywhere between The Walkway and Hebburn Marina.
Further north, the fishing has also been good, with Blyth and Lynemouth beaches producing good bags of fish.
Boat anglers will have to wait for an improvement in the weather conditions, but one angler, Nic Foreman did manage a trip out on the Beverley Ann and caught a 17lb cod just five hundred yards off South Shields Pier.
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake was cancelled due to the weather.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match saw 13 anglers taking part in very windy conditions. Winner Steve Cummings took a codling of 4lb 14oz and second place went to Stu Foots with a codling of 2lb 10oz.
Thirty six anglers fished the Seaham Badger Open last Friday night. Winner with a cod of 6.16lb was Dean Turnbull.
Lee Burton took second and third place with codling of 4.63lb and 4.11lb. Burton also had the heaviest bag with four fish for 11.63lb. The pairs’ event was won by D. Appleby and G. Miller, with nine fish for 17.68lb.
The last Ryhope Club Competition of the year had a turnout of 48 anglers on Sunday.
Junior angler Mathew Winn chose to fish from the Old North Pier to take the winning bag of 14 whiting for 3,915g. Second placed Tommy Tate had a mixed bag of whiting and codling for 3,030g. Third place went to Wayne Cllagham, who took two codling for 2,970g from Ryhope Cliffs (including the heaviest round fish of 2,570g (5lb 7oz)).
Fourth place went to Brian McLennan with 2,950g. The heaviest flat fish was George Crawford’s 545g flounder.
Thirty anglers fished Cleadon SAC’s match on Monday night in flat conditions.
Despite fish being caught on just about every cod mark on the weekend, no two tides were the same.
However, nine anglers did manage to return to the scales with a mixture of codlings, flounders, whitings, and coley.
P. Harrison took first (heaviest bag and heaviest fish) with a single fish for 2lb 11oz from The Post.
Runner up K. Collins also had a single fish for 2lb 3oz from South Shiels Pier. Third placed S. Pearson managed two fish from Roker Pier for 2lb 2oz.
Cleadon SAC is having a trip to Craster this Saturday (pick up Cleadon club at 7am returning at 7pm – £10 there and back). Entry is £5 to fish on the day. Guests are welcome to fish.
This Sunday, Seaham SAC will compete for the Vernon Knapp trophy (1-6pm).
Also taking place on Sunday is this year’s Sunderland Shore Angling Festival which takes place on Sunday (2-6pm – weigh in by 6.45pm).
Tickets will also be available on the day from The Welcome Tavern in High Street. Entry is £12 (juniors free with a paying adult). £2 from the entry fee will be paid out at 50, 30 and 20 per cent to the first places.
Boundaries are from South Shields Pier (included as long as gates are open) in the north to Seaham North Pier (not including the pier) in the south and west up to Queen Alexandra Bridge. Anglers may fish in public areas only.
First prize is £500, second is £300 and third is £200 plus a prize table valued at £6,000. For more information call Andy on the number below or Geoff on 07772 393196
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 per cent payout. For details of entry call Andy on the number below.
Alberta SAC’s Reg Francis Memorial Cup takes place on Sunday, December 27 (11am-3pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration is at Jarrow Riverside Park (10-10.30am).