Boat angling, wherever possible, has been good this week.
The Sarah JFK out of the Tyne, skippered by Alan Skinner, has had some decent fish this week, among them a pollock of 10½lb taken by Davy Collinson on mackerel-baited daylights.
The party also had ling to 11lb and cod to 10lb in their catch, with an average size of cod between 6lb and 8lb.
Alan tells me that they also had a lot of mackerel and at times these were a nuisance, making it difficult to get through them on two the wreck. Contact Alan on (0191) 276 4863.
Another Tyne charter boat, the Abyss, skippered by Shaun Henderson, also has had some good catches this week.
The best cod of 12lb was taken by Ian McDonald on a blue shad.
The parties also had lots of mackerel and many small ling between 1lb and 3lb which were all returned to the water. Contact Shaun 07939 289 149.
Amble boats also report lots of mackerel, with cod and ling between 4lb and 5lb, mainly on Hokis and Daylights baited with rag.
The Sunderland boats report cod to 12lb and ling to 10lb also mackerel from wrecks four to five miles off shore.
Shore angling has seen a slight improvement with a few cod average 2lb best 3½lb taken from rock edge marks.
Beaches are still producing small flounders, dabs and a few better plaice up to 2lb mainly on crab and rag.
Piers along the coast are now giving mackerel, but so far not in any quantity with a variety of methods taking fish, including spinners, feathers and float fishing using mackerel strip or rag worm.
The Rivers Tyne and Wear still have plenty of mainly under-sized codling and coal fish.