THE calm conditions have meant most anglers opting to give shore fishing a wide berth.
Barry Scott, who headed for St Mary’s Island, had a good session, taking a cod of 4lb 10oz and one of 4lb 15oz, which he returned.
Les Straughan fished South Shields pier and took a nice cod of 7lb.
There has been a monster cod of 20lb taken just off the shore. Unfortunately the angler, who also took four other fish to 5lb to squid bait, does not want any publicity.
Tynemouth anglers arrived at the pier in glorious conditions only to find the gates shut, then opened just after they left for a roving match which proved very productive. Peter Stewart won with 11 coalfish and a whiting for 12lb 11oz, the best a coalfish of 1lb 15oz.
Chris Potts took 12 coalfish and a flounder for 12lb 8oz from the Middens. Lee Burton fished the Tyne Walkway to win Ryhope’s match with four coalfish for 1865g (4lb 1oz).
A dab, the only fish caught, of 5oz was enough to win South Shields’ match, winning Steve £64. Boat fishing is certainly starting to take off. Walter Turnbull took Paul Conroy, Joe Riley and Steve James out on his boat Charlotte. Fishing just off Eyemouth, Steve James took four pollock, including the best at just over 6lb.
Gordon Grear had a good day out in his boat Lady Seaton just off St Mary’s, taking 10 good-sized cod, the best 8lb, all falling to rag and mussel.
Anglers on JFK out of the Tyne had a good day taking 30 fish, cod averaging 5-7lb and ling 8lb. Brian Warren took the best ling at 12lb, Barry Shields the best cod at 10lb.
Private boat Phantom 1 out of Hartlepool has taken some reasonable catches with cod to 7lb and pollock to 4lb. Denny Lilley took the best catch, with newcomers to the game accounting for cod of 5lb.
Shady skipper Albert Grey, fishing off the Tyne, took five cod and two pollock, well ahead of crew men Keith Brown and Paul Garvock, who landed one each.
APRIL 7: Senhouse Street Easter Open, Perch Light to Maryport South pier (excluded) fish 9-1pm, reg Senhouse St WMC (CA14 2SJ) 7-8.45am. Entry £12, details Mark 01900 605394, mob 07775 637801, Mike 01900 601426. Seaham Sea Angling Club hold their Age Concern Night Hawk competition on Saturday (6pm to 1am). Registration and weigh-in at Seaham HQ.
APRIL 6: Seaham also have their Annual Open competition on Good Friday (noon to 5pm). For more details contact Seaham HQ on 0191 581 0321.