WITH a good northerly sea running, codling have made a comeback in our area, with South Shields Pier producing the best bags of up to eight fish, some going to 4½lb.
Live peeler crab is without doubt the best bait for these and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
Crab is starting to show in the traps in the Wear and the Tyne, so will soon be readily available.
Anglers should remember that a lot of hard work goes into setting and maintaining the traps, so are urged not to just help themselves if they come across a trap.
Roker Pier is still producing lots of undersized codling and coalfish. There are still a few sized pollock up to 2½lb taking ragworm and mackerel baits – so it may be time to get the floats out.
Ragworm tipped with mackerel proved successful for one angler who took a 5lb codling from the Rat House Corner last week.
With the crab starting to show, there should be a few codling and good coalfish in the Wear, along with plenty of flounders which have now returned to the river after spawning. The best marks for flounders have been Timber Beach and Claxheugh. For codling, you can’t go wrong with the White Wall.
Boat anglers have struggled to put to sea because of the weather, but when they did get out they found a few fish. Richie Carr took 11 codling up to 2½lb out of Sunderland.
The North Star fished off Hartlepool with only two anglers on board, but they kept the skipper busy all day taking fish on every drift. The pair ended the day keeping 22 cod to 9lb 10oz plus a bonus ling of 12lb.
Boat anglers have also found a few codling to 4lb fishing around the Yellow Can at Whitley Bay.
Nine anglers fished the last Ryhope SAC Tuesday sweepstake until May with four weighing in four cod, a dogfish and a whiting.
Lee Burton won with a 2lb 5oz cod from the Target, followed by Micky Davison’s 2lb 2oz dogfish’s, with John Lovett taking third with a 1lb 10oz cod – both from Seaham Pier.
Fifteen anglers competed in Seaham SAC’s Blenny Hill Open two weeks ago, with only Paul Edwards weighing in a solitary 28cm flounder, which, of course, took the top spot and the longest fish title!
The next day, 57 anglers took part on Seaham SAC’s Wilkinson Cup, but only seven managed to weigh in seven fish.
Davie Borwell took first place, the heaviest single fish title and the pairs title alongside M. Tait, with a 2lb cod.
Runner-up Jim Dobie had 0.57lb, while third-placed Bill Hedley had 0.46lb.
Last Saturday’s Blenny Hill Open saw a much better result than the previous week, with eight out of the 25 competitors catching fish.
Geordie Heron took was top rod with two fish for 67cm, followed by Colin Smith, who also had two fish for 57cm.
Third place, and the longest single fish prize, went to Arron Davison, with 36cm. Jack Stoker was the junior winner with a 33cm flounder.
Little Derek’s Flounder Fanatics competition takes place on Saturday (10am-2pm) at Claxheugh.
This competition will be pegged, two hooks and no white worm. The longest fish wins.
Entry is £10, but places are limited. For more details, contact Anth Constable on 07827 338934.
Sunday sees Seaham SAC fishing for the Davis Cup (noon-5pm).
Ryhope SAC’s heaviest fish competition takes place on Tuesday, May 6 (7-10pm) at Claxheugh. Registration is at the venue.
This competition will be pegged and fished in zones. Entry is £5.