Roker Pier in the dark’s the place to be

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Bags of up to 20 whiting have been caught from Roker Pier this week on mackerel and worm baits, but only during hours of darkness, which is also when codling up to 4lb have shown.

During daylight hours, there have been a few coalfish and the odd pollock up to 3lb taking mackerel bait.

The rock marks at Marsden have given up codling with Aaron Stead and John Cousins taking four to 5lb 1oz on Monday night, from the left hand side of Marsden Rock.

Marks at Whitburn have produced codling, but they have been on the small size with the best being around 2½lb.

South Shields Pier has delivered codling up to 6lb, with the majority being around the 2-3lb mark. The popular bait for these has been crab and worm.

Whiting and coalfish have been taken in good numbers from the pier, with competition anglers taking bags of 25lb+. The Round End and The Post have been the best marks.

Whiting have also been showing in the River Tyne, along with flounders and hundreds of undersized codling.

The codling are taking all manner of baits and anglers are having to move around to try to avoid them on their quest for whiting which seems to be moving up and down the river on different tides.

Boat anglers took advantage of the calm conditions over the weekend and had codling up to 5lb, along with plenty of good sized whiting – mostly on worm baits, although a few codling were still taken on hokki lures.

H Local charter boat, The Sapphire, fished the inshore wrecks and took codling and pollock to 5lb.

Sunday saw the first attempt from The Sapphire at uptide fishing (casting baits uptide from the boat).

The anchor was dropped in 30ft of water off Souter Lighthouse.

They began as darkness fell and after just 2½ hours they took 24 codling, up to 5lb on lug, crab and squid baits.

Anyone wanting to have a go at uptide fishing can call Peter on 07854 819924.

H Ryhope SAC’s sweepstake last Tuesday night saw 26 anglers fishing with only eight weighing in 14 fish.

First place went to Graham Lund’s 2,085g cod from Roker Pier.

Runner-up Andy Rutherford, chose Roker Beach to catch his 980b cod, whilst Steve Rackstraw’s 835g cod from Souter secured him third position.

H Sunderland SAC saw 10 fishing at the weekend with mainly whiting being weighed in.

Top-rod was Ross Carr with eight whiting (5lb 11oz), who also took the heaviest fish title (15oz).

Runner-up was Danny Antliffe with two whiting (1lb 4oz). Third-placed Henry Antliffe caught a coalfish (14oz).

H Ryhope SAC fished their club competition on Sunday with 64 anglers taking part.

The clear winner was Barry Stowells with his 3,825g bag of fish.

Stowells also had the heaviest round fish at 1,235g and made a clean sweep by also having the heaviest flat fish at 890g.

Second place went to Billy Bell with 1,740g and third went to Lee Burton with 1,600g. Matthew Winn took the junior title with 1,260g.

H On Monday night, Cleadon Club had thirty fish their competition with nine weighing in.

Mark Shotton triumphed with a mixed bag of three fish for 3lb 6oz.

Runner-up Paul Wastell’s codling of 2lb 15oz also bagged him the heaviest fish title.

Meanwhile, Jamie Brennan was just beaten into third place with his 2lb 12oz codling.

H This Sunday Ryhope SAC fish their club competition (11-3pm) and Seaham SAC will fish for the Vernon Knapp Trophy (11-3pm).

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