The local wrecks around three to five miles off shore have produced some good quality fish for boat anglers.
Fishing five miles off Seaham Harbour, Dean Redden took a cod of 24lb 5oz along with another cod of 9lb 11oz.
Redden was amongst it again on Sunday, taking a ling of 21lb 5oz.
The Sapphire had a good day on Sunday taking 50 fish.
The haul included codling between 3lb-5½lb, pollock to 4lb and ling up to 14bl 5oz, along with plenty of mackerel.
Best methods were hokki lures baited with fresh mackerel and squid.
Shore fishing has picked up this week, with the Glass Centre seeing good numbers of coalfish.
Roker Pier has also seen plenty of coalfish and mackerel along with dabs and flounders. The top spot for mackerel on the Old North Pier was the Rat House Corner.
The Rock Marks at Whitburn and Marsden have started to fish well for codling, with fish up to 6lb caught mostly on crab baits, with anywhere between the Wherry and Frenchman’s Point worth a look.
South Shields Pier has been the top shore mark this week with good bags of mackerel and a good amount of herring taking sabiki lures with some anglers taking up to 30 in a session.
There has also been some good sized codling from The Blocks area of the pier. The best one fell to the rod of Alan Healey and weighed in at 7lb 12oz.
The inshore side of The Blocks, around the 40-44 marks, has produced some good bags of plaice and dabs with Phil Wright taking 11 plaice in one session on rag and crab baits.
There was even a small smoothound taken from the pier last week. That’s the second one in as many weeks, maybe these fish are starting to move north?
Last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake saw 23 anglers take part, with seven weighing in 12 flounders.
Mickey Davison took the first three places with 1lb 5oz, 1lb 2½oz and 1lb and for good measure, he won the card as well. Paul Hossack took fourth place with 15.75 oz.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker competition at Timber Beach saw 16 anglers fish and first place went to Chris Stringer with six for 165cm.
There was a tie for second place between Gareth Gardiner and Neil Cutler both with three fish for 82cm. The longest fish was Jim Dobie’s 36cm flounder.
Seaham Sea Anglers had a trip to Silloth and fished at Skinburness with 29 anglers taking part. 24 of them brought fish to the scales.
First place went to Jim Dobie with 14 fish for 15.38lb. Runner-up was John Lovett with 11 fish for 11.73lb and third was John Clarke with eight fish for 11.01lb, including the heaviest single fish – a thornback ray of 4.12lb.
The Seaham Berth Holders RNLI competition saw 20 anglers competing. Dean Redden was a clear winner with a ling of 21lb 15oz, while Alan Griffiths took second with a ling of 6lb 11oz.
There was a tie for third place between Chris Smith and Carl Adams, both with a codling of 5lb 10oz.
This Sunday sees the Penn Sea Final fished at Walkworth Beach take place.
Sunderland SAC also have their club competition on Sunday (2-6pm). Seaham SAC will also be out (1-6pm), competing for the Crawford Trophy.
The Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstakes are at The Glass Centre on Sunday (2-6pm). Peg draw and registration is at the venue. Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout.
Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at the Business Park (7-10pm) on Tuesday. Entry is £5, registration and peg draw will be at venue.
This is a heaviest fish competition fished on a weigh and release basis. Anglers may win more than one prize.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday. Call Andy on the number below for details of venue. Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout. Registration and peg draw at the venue.
The Kayak and Boat competitions have been rescheduled for Sunday, August 23. For more details contact Sam on 0191 5184561.
As part of National Fishing Month, the Kid Crab Catching Competition will be held at the Glass Centre on Sunday.
Entry is free with hand lines and bait provided. No rods, reels are hooks are allowed.
Competitors are asked to bring a bucket to keep crabs in and the young person with most crabs will be the winner. All crabs will be returned to the water after the competition. More information is available from Sam on 0191 5184561.