Whiting in sights as calm seas give anglers new target

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The calm sea conditions have led local anglers to target whiting.

Early last week, when the tides were big, there were bags of up to 25 whiting reaching weights of 1½lb taken from Roker Pier.

Lugworm tipped with mackerel was the bait of choice for these fish.

As the week went on and the tides dropped away, the size and quantity of whiting went as well.

I think that they will be back in big numbers as the tides pick up again towards this weekend.

As well as the whiting, there have been reports of a couple dogfish caught on fish baits.

Seaham North Pier also proved plentiful for whiting as well as delivering some good codling, mostly ranging from 5lb to 6lb. The best one reported weighed in a healthy 7lb 4oz.

South Shields Pier has given the most consistent performance this week with good sized whiting, dabs, flounders and codling up to 4lb.

Most of the codling have been caught during daylight hours.

The mouth of the River Tyne at The Groyne and The Walkway has given up whiting along with codling to 2½lb.

Further up-river, there have been whiting and a few codling to 2lb from Jarrow Riverside Park, Police HQ and Hebburn Marina.

The exception to this was a cod of 11lb 10oz taken by Georgie Patterson on worm bait from the marina.

Local charter boat The Sapphire had an up-tiding session on Sunday, fishing off Souter Lighthouse, at Marsden.

The anglers took 30 codling to 6lb on crab and runnydown baits.

This method of fishing is fast becoming popular in our area and may be the way forward for boat anglers wanting to take fish at this time of year.

Anyone wanting to give it a try can contact Peter on 07854 819924.

Another great catch reported this week was taken by 11-year-old Jack Robinson when he caught a 6lb 12oz pollock from Tynemouth Pier.

On Monday evening, Cleadon SAC fished the Anthony Jackson Memorial Trophy match.

Only seven of the 27 competitors weighed in.

Mark Shotton had the heaviest bag of four codlings for 8lb 8oz.

Shotton also had the heaviest fish at 2lb 12oz which won him the trophy.

Norman Spour was runner-up with a mixed bag of five fish for 5lb 11oz.

Stevie Gordon took third place with five whiting for 3lb 10oz.

Ryhope SAC have their first club competition of the year this Sunday (2-6pm), as do Sunderland SAC (1-5pm).

Also on Sunday, the Amble Open (Penn Points) takes place between 8am-1pm.

Entry is £12 all classes (including heaviest fish).

Registration is at Radcliffe Club or Amble Angling Centre from 6am.

More details from Jimmy French on 01665 711007 or Tony 01665 602034.

Ryhope SAC’s Tuesday night sweepstake returns next week (7-10pm).

There are some rule changes that anglers should be aware of, with registration at Ryhope’s Village Tavern (5.45-6.20pm)

If you pre-book your place (due to work commitments etc.) you must not be at your fishing mark before 6.30pm. Weigh-in is 10.15 to 10.45pm. Entry is £5.

Anglers may win more than one prize in this heaviest single fish competition.

Boundaries are from and including The Spiles at Seaham to The Walkway in the Tyne and up the River Wear to Alexandra Bridge.

Out of bounds is Hendon Docks, Cormorants, the fenced off area of the Old North Pier, Blocks at the end of Hendon Prom and any piers when the gates are closed.

No bait restrictions, but no artificial lures. One mackerel may be weighed in, but must be taken bottom fishing. No eels or rays bream.

Two rods may be set up, but only one can have terminal tackle attached at any one time. Maximum of two hooks or one treble.

Foul hooked fish to count. A two metre rule applies unless otherwise agreed by the anglers.

A couple of dates for the diary include Friday, January 18, when Seaham SAC hold their first Badger Open of the year (7-11pm). Entry is £5 plus optional pools, registration and weigh-in are at Seaham HQ.

Seaham SAC will also hold the John Wylie Open on Sunday, February 10 (12-5pm).

Entry is £10 all classes. This is a heaviest single fish competition and payout will depend on entry.

Optional pools £2 per team, heaviest bag £1 and sealed weight £1.

Boundaries are Hendon Groyne (excluded) to Saddleback Rock in Hawthorn Hive. North Pier pegged one to 100. Registration is at club HQ (10-11.30am) as is weigh-in (5.15-6pm).

For more information, contact Seaham SAC on 0191 581 0321.

0191 5654183