THE unsettled conditions did no one any favours after anglers had enjoyed some cracking sport from the boats from all ports, with Tyne boat Sarah JFK taking well over 100 fish with cod and ling into double figures.
Graham Wyvill took the best, a ling of 19lb, while Alan Black took 28 fish to 10lb.
Private boats were also doing quite well with most cod around the 3-6lb mark with a few into double figures, Bert Gray fishing just off the Tyne taking one of 10lb.
Although catches had been hit at the start of the week they have started to improve with boats fishing inshore taking reasonable numbers of cod to 7lb and some nice Pollock from the marks from Amble to Dunstanburgh.
Jim Tate took four nice Pollock to 9lb fishing aboard Upholder out of Amble, on orange jelly worm fished on a long flowing trace. More anglers should try this proven method on the wrecks off our coastline.
Shore angling has also been hit although a few cod have been taken from around Seahouses. Paul Stephenson took two cod and a wrasse for 8lb 9oz in Tynemouth’s match, with Doug Spivey taking two cod for 6lb 4oz.
Garry Tully fished at the bottom of the cliffs at Newbiggin taking four cod to 3lb. The Wear, after a few lean years, is back on song this year with good numbers of flounders to 2lb coming from the Glass Centre and Panns Bank.
There have also been plenty of small coalfish and the odd codling to keep match anglers busy.
Some decent flounders have come from the lower Tyne, Dave Haley winning Tynemouth’s Doris Pearson Cup with four for 4lb 11oz, Doug Spivey taking the heaviest at 1lb 7oz.
Tony Taylor won their retired members match with a mixed bag of one cod, eight dabs, three whiting and a flounder, the heaviest fish at 1-3-0, for 7lb.
THE postponed boat competition in memory of Cedric Bilverstone, will go ahead tomorrow. Boats will meet at Tyne piers at 8am with the weigh-in at the Friars Goose Boat Club, Green Lane, Felling at 4.30pm.
Registration forms are available from Frairs Goose (07717) 350611, H/F 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd, and £20 for the most unusual species plus, buffet and raffle.