The fish are in River Wear but seem reluctant to feed

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A few mackerel have been caught from the local piers but not in any great quantities. If the sea stays flat we may some more.

Boat anglers are reporting shoals two miles offshore

Angling correspondent Andy Rutherford

Further north, Blyth West Pier has told a different tale, with good catches of mackerel reported, especially at first light.

The River Wear hasn’t fished well, with only a few flounders showing.

The fish are there but seem reluctant to feed.

Roker Pier saw its first mackerel last week, along with plenty of undersized coalfish.

There have been a number of pollock from here as well with the best going to 3lb.

South Shields Pier has also seen mackerel, along with some good sized coalfish and Pollock at 4lb taken using float fishing tactics and lures.

For bait fishing anglers, plaice have started to show from the end of the pier with the best going to 2lb.

There are still codling being taken from the pier end and The Blocks, with the best around 4lb.

Travelling anglers are still doing well for smooth hounds in the Humberside area, with fish up to 12lb being caught.

The west coast of Scotland is also fishing very well for these fish as well as wrasse, rays and dogish.

There have also been some good sized Pollock, with the best reported at 12½lb taken by Paul Turnbull.

The rock marks between Amble and St Abbs Head have started to produce codling up to 7lb, with St Abbs giving up Pollock and some good sized wrasse.

Boat anglers are still enjoying good sport, with lots of codling in the 2lb to 4lb bracket and the better fish up to 7lb.

Ling are now starting to show with the best around 10lb.

Good sized mackerel have also been taken, and boat anglers are also reporting large shoals of sprats and sandeels two miles offshore – this could possibly explain why shore fishing isn’t so good.

There have also been some good sized pollock taken in the boats, with fish up to 8lb caught.

Local charter boat, Sapphire, fished over the hard ground on Saturday taking 35 cod up to 7lb.

On a recent trip, three pupils from St Aidan’s, and two brothers from Northampton, had a trip out on the Catch 22 and took 76 cod and four mackerel between them.

Thirty anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake, with all catching flounders which were all returned.

First was Jim Dobie with 1lb 3oz, followed very closely in second by Paul Riley with 1lb 2oz.

Third place was tied between Barry Stowells and Micky Davison, with 1.50oz.

The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match took place at The Timber Beach last Wednesday, with 21 anglers competing over two zones.

Zone 1 winner was Chris Stringer with 162cm. Second went to Jim Dobie with 147cm.

Zone 2 was won by Steve Rackstraw with 224cm. Rackstraw also had the longest fish – a cracking flounder of 41cm.

Runner up was Gareth Gardiner with 152cm.

Thirty seven anglers competed for the Fallowfield Trophy in Seaham SAC’s club competition, but only one angler brought fish to the scales!

A 1.13lb codling, taken by Dean Furness, secured him first place, the heaviest single fish and the pairs’ event title alongside Micky Davison.

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake is at Claxheugh rock (7pm-10pm).

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.

This weekend’s Rutherford’s/Cono-flex two-day open will now be held in the River Tyne this Saturday (4pm-8pm) and Sunday (4.30pm-8.30pm).

Registration is at the Copthorne Hotel (2.30pm) for both days. Entry is £30 with 100 per cent payout.

For more information call Andy on 0191 5654183.

Also taking place on Sunday is the Whitley Bay Open Summer match (11am-3pm) at Beadnell.

Competitors to meet at Patterson’s Garage one hour before match starts.