Wait until dark for best quality whiting

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GOOD quality whiting have put in an appearance around Roker Pier, even in daylight hours.

However, darkness will always be best for these fish, with bags of up to 15 fish being taken, with the biggest going to 1½lb.

The best bait for these fish is lugworm or runnydown tipped with mackerel strip. There have also been codling from this mark with the pier end and the Barrier giving the best results.

The cliff marks at Ryhope have given up some good sized cod, with Paul Riley and Lee Burton both taking fish over 7lb.

When there has been any movement on the sea, Hendon Prom has fished well over high water, with the south end of the prom giving the best results. Bags of up to eight codling to 4lb have been taken.

Whiting have also appeared in the River Wear, with the Rat House Corner, Glass Centre and Panns Bank all giving up fish.

Further upriver, there have been some big flounders at Claxheugh and the Business Park, with fish up to nearly 2lb. Frozen runnydown tipped with mackerel strip has been the top bait for these fish.

I’d urge anglers to remember that if you are enjoying sport with these fish to unhook them carefully or if they are gut hooked, cut off your hook and return them to the water, as the big flounders will be getting ready to go out to spawn.

The rock and cliff marks at Marsden and Whitburn have produced some good codling, with Paul Harrison taking a fish of 8lb 12oz. The best areas have been the Wherry at Whitburn and the cliff marks around Souter Point.

Boat anglers are still finding fish when they can put to sea. One local private boat fished over the wrecks six and a half miles offshore and took 15 cod and ling on frozen mackerel.

The Sapphire went uptiding north of the Wear at the weekend and was joined by several other boats. Good sport was had by all and although there were no double-figure sized fish this week, they did take good sized whiting, pouting, ling to 6lb, codling to 5lb and a conger eel around 6lb, with lugworm, runnydown, crab and kart baits.

Last Tuesday’s Ryhope SAC Sweepstake had 29 anglers out, but only six weighed in seven cod.

Wayne Harriman won with 2lb 9oz from the Hall, while runner up Richie Carr took 2lb 5oz from Roker Pier. Micky Davison was third with a 2lb 2½oz fish from Ryhope Dene and fourth place went to Robert Surtees with a 1lb 15½oz cod from the Hall.

Seaham SAC’s Badger Open on Friday night saw six out of 18 competitors bring 15 fish for 20lb to the scales.

The top three prizes were all for single cod – A. Willkinson triumphed with a fish of 2.43lb, followed by D. Ambler (2.32lb) and G. Pye (2.23lb). D. Swan had the heaviest bag with three fish for 4.62lb. Swan and Pye won the pairs event with six fish for 8.43lb.

On Sunday, Ryhope SAC had 60 anglers fishing their club competition.

Billy Bell chose Roker Pier to take his winning bag of 15 whiting for 11lb 13oz. In second place, Chris Hossack also chose to fish Roker Pier to take two codling and four whiting for 8lb 10oz, while Paul Hossack was third (6lb 10oz).

Lee Burton’s codling of 3lb 5oz was the heaviest single fish, while the heaviest flat fish prize went to G. Russell, who fished Claxheugh and took a cracking flounder of 1lb 11oz. The junior winner was Matthew Winn, with two fish for 1lb 12oz.

On Sunday, Sunderland SAC and Ryhope SAC both fish their club competitions from 3-7pm, Seaham SAC’s Christmas competition will take place (1-6pm), as will the 54th Whitley Bay Open (11am-3pm). The boundaries are Craster Harbour to Tynemouth Pier. Entry is £13 (under-16s may fish free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult). Registration (9-10.15am) and weigh in (3.30-4.30pm) is at Bank House Club, Newbiggin.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake (7-10pm) takes place as usual, with registration at the Village Tavern.

Looking a little further ahead, Moonfleet Angling is holding a two-day event, on Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, to be fished at two venues in the River Tyne. Entry is £30 for both days. To pre-book, call Neil on 07816 401879.

Ryhope SAC will be holding two heaviest single fish competitions during the Christmas period (December 24 and 31 – both noon to 4pm). Entry is £10 with 100 per cent payout. Registration (10.30-11.30am) and weigh-in (5pm prompt) will take place in the rear car park of the Ryhope Village Tavern.

Anglers can win more than one prize and there are no bait restrictions.

Boundaries are Seaham Spiles (included) to The Walkway in the River Tyne. Roker Pier and South Shields Pier are in bounds, if open, up to the Queen Alexandra Bridge in the Wear.

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