WHAT an odd week last week was, with good-sized cod – normally associated with winter fishing and plaice – typical summer species – both being taken.
Brian Rushworth took the biggest cod I know of while fishing at Roker Pier.
He landed a fine specimen of 9lb 10oz, his friend Jim Brooks taking one of 6lb 6oz.
Along with Brian Jackson, they took another five codling in the 2-3lb range. Another good cod of 8lb 8oz was reportedly taken from Hartlepool.
Terry Cussens, fishing the Walkway, took a fine plaice of 2lb 8oz, while Ivan Stott took one of 2lb from Blyth Pier.
The lower Tyne has been fishing well for good-sized coalfish to 2lb, anglers taking up to 15 a session with the odd codling to 5lb coming from South Shields Pier.
Chris Potts won Tynemouth’s match with ten coalfish for 9lb 8oz taken from the fish quay, Gary Appleton taking the heaviest – a codling of 3lb 13oz from the pier.
Nice plaice also came from the pier in Tynemouth’s retired members’ match.
Barry Sanderson took one of 1lb 11oz, while Stuart Ford won the match with a mixed bag of dab, plaice, whiting and flounder for 5lb 6oz.
There has been plenty of action in the Tyne for match anglers.
South Beach fished for their Stuart Myhill Memorial Trophy at Riverside Park, Paul Roper taking eight fish for 197cm, and Colin Bell 29 flounder for 521cm to win a MB Sweepstake at British Airways.
Micky Bell caught 22 for 385cm, including the longest at 37cm.
Steve Williams won Reel Sports’ league match with eight for 260cm, Andy Rutherford with the longest – a fine flounder of 42cm.
Boat catches have been unpredictable due to the weather. JFK, on their best trip, managed 40 fish with cod averaging 6-8lb.
Billy Keans took the best fish at 6lb when fishing the hard ground aboard Upholder off Amble, most anglers taking codling to 5.5lb, while enthusiasts aboard Warlord took 25 fish to 4lb.