Summer species, especially plaice, are beginning to appear in greater numbers along the coastline.
Paul Scott of Gateshead took two nice plaice from Dene Holme, Horden Beach, along with a thornback ray estimated at 3lb. It came off the hook just as he was about to pick it up, depriving Paul of a great photo opportunity before releasing the fish.
Paul fished two hours either side of high water with fresh crab, runny down and mackerel.
Dene Holme, which produced nearly all the thornback rays taken last year, is the place to be if you want to try for this species.
In Seaham's match, Susan Hope beat all-comers including her father George with a plaice of 0.77lb to take her first trophy, the Hudson Cup.
Plaice have also been taken from Tynemouth, Blyth and South Shields piers and Lynne Burn.
With cod at a premium you have to feel sorry for Paul Hossack after landing the longest fish, a 51cm cod, about 3lb from the White Wall in Eastenders open. As it was fished on a measure and release basis, the fish had to be returned.
The match was won by his brother Chris, the only angler to blank in the last match, with 17 fish for 311cm. Paul returned to the White Wall in Eastenders' club match, winning with a cod of 1-13-0.
Spinning and feathering off South Shields pier has produced quite a few launce and coalfish.
There is also an unconfirmed report that a single mackerel was taken from the end of Roker pier at the weekend.
Boat catches are starting to pick up with most fish coming from the hard ground. Tyne boat JFK had a reasonable trip, taking 50 cod with the best 7lb. Amble boats Solitaire and Upholder took around 50 cod to 5lb and Bob Watson, in his own boat, took nine cod plus a Pollock of 5-8-0.
Anglers using light spinning gear are having the best sport. Private boats fishing the Yellow Buoy at Whitley Bay have taken reasonable numbers of cod to 5lb. Paul Dawson and two friends took 14 reasonable cod to 5lb.