With the wind blowing off the sea last week, plenty of codling have been caught, with fish up to 8lb being taken.
The cliff marks at Ryhope and The Target have fished well after dark. Anglers trying their luck at these marks during the day have gone home empty-handed.
Hendon Prom has seen codling up to 3½lb, mostly taken on lugworm and runnydown baits.
The River Wear has produced codling up to 5lb with the area between The White Wall and The Tins giving the best results.
The Rat House Corner has seen whiting, flounders and codling up to 1½lb.
Roker Pier was closed for the best part of the week due to the weather. But on the odd times it was open, there were a few codling from the Barrier.
Roker Beach and Whitburn Beach have both produced codling to 4lb over low water.
The rock marks at Whitburn have seen codling up to 4lb.
Codling to 5lb have been taken from Marsden Beach between Marsden Rock and Camel’s Island
The rock marks between the Black Path and Frenchman’s Point have also seen codling to 5lb.
South Shields Pier has fished better during daylight hours for codling with bags of up to eight fish going to 4lb along with a few good coalfish.
Marks well up the River Tyne have produced bags of up to ten codling with the best going to 4½lb, most of these fish have been taken on lugworm and crab baits.
Anywhere between Jarrow Riverside Park and International Paints is well worth a look.
Boat anglers have had a bad time due to the weather.
Local charter boat Sapphire did get out last Tuesday and took 15 codling up to 6lb along with a 5lb octopus.
Most fish were taken on orange muppets and squid baits.
Thirty anglers fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope Sweepstake and saw Dave Sinclair taking the top spot with a 4lb 2oz cod from The Target.
Second placed Micky Davison had a 4lb cod from Featherbed Rocks, then Davy Mould took third with 3lb 12oz from Marsden. Stu Carr was fourth with 3lb 11oz from Marsden.
Competitors in last Wednesday night’s Fisherman’s Locker match found some quality fish.
First and second places went to Robin Greenhow with codling of 5lb 5oz and 4lb 13oz.
Tommy Tate took third place with 4lb 10oz, while George Crawford was fourth with 4lb 6oz.
Sunderland SAC saw four out of 11 weighing in at their competition on Sunday.
First place went to Micky Newton with a wrasse and a cod for 3lb 15oz, followed by Peter Moir with two cod for 2lb 8oz. Robbie Feenan was third with a cod and a whiting for 1lb 13oz. Newton’s wrasse bagged him the heaviest fish title at 2lb 13oz.
Ryhope SAC’s club match had a good turnout on Sunday with 50 anglers taking part.
Winner Bobby Bland fished The Tins in the Wear to take five codling (4,845g).
Second placed Andy Rutherford fished Marsden and caught two codling (2,850g).
James Fairley took third place with a single codling (2,580g) which was also the heaviest single fish. Fourth was Stu Bland (1,950g).
The heaviest flat fish was Bobby Surtees’ 460g flounder.
The Newbiggin SAC Open competition at the weekend saw a fantastic turnout of 351.
Sixty one of them weighed in 93 fish (56 cod, 26 flounders, seven coalfish, two dabs, a pollock and a pouting) for a total weight of 177lb 2oz.
First was Geoff King with two cod, weighing 9lb 8.8oz, at Cambois, then Rob Allison with three cod, for 9lb 7.1oz, at Longhoughton. Third was Anthony Eke with two cod, 8lb 8.3oz, at Marden.
The heaviest fish prize went to Richard Murphy, 8lb 6.6oz, at Longhoughton. Paul Nyberg caught the heaviest flat fish 1lb 7oz, from Blyth.
Harvey Scott was the junior winner with five flounders, 2lb 12.3oz, atBlyth Cresswell, whil Sarah Johnstone took the women’s title with a 3lb 3.8z cod.
Thirty one anglers fished Cleadon SAC’s match in flat conditions on Monday night, with 11 anglers returning fish to the scales.
Top rod was P Wastell with two fish (5lb 9oz), including the heaviest single fish (4lb 4oz). Runner up was R Wells with two fish (4lb 14 oz), then G. Gardner took third place with three fish (3lb 2oz).
This Sunday sees the 48th annual Seaham Open Championship (noon to 5pm), with anglers competing for the David Guy Memorial Trophy.
The first three prizes are £1000, £500 and £350 which are for the heaviest single fish.
Following that all the table prizes are for the heaviest bag with only one prize per angler.
There will also be prizes of £100 for the junior, women and disabled angler classes.
Entry is £10 (all classes) with optional pools for the heaviest bag and the sealed weight at £1 each (100 per cent payout).
Tickets are available in local tackle shops and from Seaham HQ (on the day from 9.30am).
For more details contact Seaham HQ on 0191 5810321.
Ryhope’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7 to 10pm). Registration and weigh-in will be at Ryhope Community Centre.
Entry is £5, with payout for the heaviest single fish.
The Wearside Fisherman’s Locker match will take place next Wednesday (7.30 to 10.30pm).
Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout.
For details of entry call Andy on 0191 5654183.