South Shields Pier the hot spot once again

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South Shields Pier has again been the top mark for the area’s anglers.

South Shields Pier has again been the top mark for the area’s anglers with the end of the Pier producing mackerel and codling up to 4lb, along with herring in good numbers on sabiki lures from The Small Wall.

There have been good catches of plaice and quality dabs from the 40-44 marks (just before The Blocks) along with coalfish and the odd wrasse for those fishing close to the Pier’s foundations.

Local youngster Ryan Taylor, fishing at Lynemouth Back, caught a cracking 2lb turbot. Ryan also took a coalfish of 2lb 6oz in the same session.

Roker Pier remained closed until the Thursday after the Air Show because of the big seas which also put paid to any boats getting out.

However, the northerly swell did bring a few codling up to around 4lb from South Shields Pier and the Rock Marks north of the Tyne.

Chris Stringer fished one of his favourite marks at Whitley Bay and took nine codling up to 3lb.

The top end of the Wear has produced flounders up to 1½lb. With the lack of fresh water coming down the river, the flounders seem to be moving further up river, but after a good downpour this will soon change.

There have been flounders in fair numbers at The Glass Centre, mostly on the flood tide taking mackerel and crab baits with the best over 1lb.

When Roker Pier did open, there were mackerel taken and the sport with these fish got better towards the weekend when the tides got bigger.

For bait anglers, there have been a few codling up to 2lb along with coalfish, pouting, dabs and flounders and even the odd dogfish.

When accessible, the Rock Marks at Marsden have seen codling up to 4lb on crab baits.

Ken McCoy reported a strange fish this week – while collecting crabs from his traps in the Wear, Ken came across a 14oz dover sole.

Boat anglers were able to put to sea over the weekend, although the big tides were a hindrance.

Local charter boat Sapphire was out on Sunday, fishing over the hard ground. It was slow going at first with codling up to 5lb taken.

As the tide turned, things picked up and anglers on board took around 30 fish including cod to 8lb, ling to 5lb and pollock to 4lb.

14 anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake with six weighing in three eels, four flounders and a coalfish.

The top three prizes were taken by flat fish with Chris Hossack in first with 15oz, then Gary Watson with 8oz and George Crawford in third with 7.50oz.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker competition was held at The Glass Centre last week, with anglers finding it hard work on the ebb tide.

Winner Gareth Gardiner took five fish for 139cm. Runner-up Neil Cutler had four fish for 103cm and third was Lee Burton, who took three fish for 90cm. The longest fish was Gardiner’s 38cm coalfish.

On Sunday, 40 anglers competed for the Seaham SAC Crawford Cup. Nine brought fish to the scales.

Winner Mick Davison took three flat fish for 1.35lb. John Charlton was second with a single codling of 1.15lb (which was also the heaviest single fish).

14 anglers fished the Rutherford’s/Cono-flex sweepstake on Sunday.

Winner George Crawford took 12 fish for 333cm, second with nine fish for 257cm was Tommy Tate and third went to Andy Rutherford with eight fish for 216cm.

Sunderland SAC had seven fishing at the weekend, with two weighing in a cod and a mackerel. First was Peter Moir with a cod of 2lb 9oz then Paul Robinson with a mackerel of 1lb.

With no reported competitions this weekend, match anglers can take it easy!

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at the Glass Centre (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.

0191 5654183