PETER Clark got a more than pleasant surprise when he landed a monster 27lb cod.
Fishing off the Tyne aboard Macer D, skippered by Stephen Brown, Clark at first thought he was snagged – until the snag moved.
Having taking cod to 31lb over the years, he knew this was another big fish and the battle was on.
Finally, with Clark’s arms aching, the fish was eventually boated and weighed in at 27lb, the best cod so far this season.
An early-morning impromptu start for Paul Hampton, skipper and owner of Hartlepool boat Phantom One, and Steve Gannett proved very fruitful,.
Advice from Lone Star Skipper Denny Lilley putg them straight on to fish, Gannett taking a dozen to 6lb, Hampton one less, but including a personal best for the boat weighing 18lb 4oz.
Previously anglers on Lone Star had taken 21 fish including four doubles – the best going 14lb.
Brian Dobson, fishing just a mile off Hendon, took a nice cod of 14lb on a small shad. Dean Reading has gone into the lead in NESA’s heaviest fish monthly match with a cod of 11lb 4oz taken aboard Jester.
With strong southerly breezes, boats have been fishing the rough ground where good numbers of codling in the 2-5lb range have been taken.
Charter boats, venturing further a ield when able, have taken decent ling to 13lb, cod to 8lb and pollock to 6lb.
South Shields pier is probably the best shore mark.
James Sanderson had another good session taking codling of 2lb 4oz, 2lb 6oz and 2lb 7oz plus three good coalfish.
Mark Robson won South Shields’ match from the pier with six coalfish for 6lb 15oz, Mark Wilkinson taking the heaviest a codling of 3lb from the Tyne.
The river Aln gave Stan Parkin a dozen flounder, son James seven, while son Grant was struggling until he pulled in two double shots and a single.
For mixed flatfish bags, Druridge and Warkworth beaches are your best bet, anglers taking plaice, dab and flounder.
Seaton Sluice fished the Coquet, taking good-sized flounder, Martyn Pygal with 10 for 10lb 4oz, including the longest at 40cm, while Adam Burns took ten for 9lb 1oz.
Both the Tyne and Wear are producing good numbers of flounder and eel.
Iain Galbraith won SBRAAC’s match at Walker with 12 for 361cm, while Tommy Tate took the best bag of 15 for 277cm in Ryhope’s match from zone one.
With the light nights getting longer and the fishing on the up, Sapphire (Sunderland) 07854 819924 and Mistress 07743 062163 (Tyne) are taking evening trips.