At last the bigger fish are starting to show from the boats. Brian Stewart, fishing aboard Sarah JFK, took a fine ling of 20lb, the best of an 180-fish haul, made up mainly of cod in the 4-8lb range, Paul Athey taking the best at 10-8-0.
Other trips have produced over 200 fish, with cod to 16lb for Jimmy Cassidy plus coalfish to 10lb and ling of 15lb for Davy Collinson.
Anglers aboard Mistress out of the Tyne have also taken good numbers of cod, with the best fish a ling of 11lb.
Up at Blyth anglers aboard Dans De Leau have been taking up to 150 fish, most anglers taking 12-20 fish, again mostly cod in the 4-8lb range with the best around 10lb.
Four anglers out on Flamer two out of Hartlepool really got into the cod, taking 100 cod to 6lb, all boats returning many fish under 3lb.
Private boats are also doing well. Keith Brown and Bert Gray, fishing aboard Shady off the Tyne, had a good day, taking 32 cod to 8lb, while down at Hartlepool Martin Grady and his dad Dennis kept 20 cod in the 4-5lb range.
Good catches of cod have also been reported from Amble, Craster and Berwick. All boats have reported masses of mackerel. In some cases it has been hard to get through the shoals. It was ladies day in the Seaham Badger Open fished from Seaham pier. Shirley Newton landed a turbot of 1.28lb to win the event. Susan Hope was second with a flounder of 0.83lb.
The piers at Blyth, Seaham, South Shields and Roker have started giving up good bags of mackerel. One of 2-7-8 was taken by Bernie Prest from Roker, the third largest I have recorded for the region.
In among the mackerel taken at Roker there have also been some tasty herring, the best around 1lb. South Shields pier has also given up a nice sole of 2-3-0 for Kevin Bewick. Anglers fishing for mackerel, especially at Dunstanburgh Castle, have also taken some nice Pollock and decent coalfish. Only the odd codling has shown from the open shore - Bob Patterson taking one of 4-8-0 from Johnsons at Marsden.
At the Rutherfords Open, Copthorne Hotel, tomorrow (2-6pm) Z1 and Z2 winners will receive £100 plus a Cono Flex Friendly rod. Entry is £5. For details call Andy on (0191) 5654183.
Also, Whitley Bay AC hosts the first summer league. The league winner can claim £200. It takes place at Newton from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Details from Mick on (07739) 585464.