Tynemouth ac member Dave Hayley made up for a short spell out of angling by winning their last three matches.
Dave won the club's retired members' match with four flounders for 2-15-0 including the heaviest at 15oz. They then went to Seahouses where Dave took two cod for 5-9-0 to win that match, only beaten to the heaviest fish by Doug Spivey with a cod of 3-6-0.
Back on Tynemouth pier for the next match, Dave took two flounders for 2-1-0 to win the WJ Wood Trophy and the heaviest fish at 1-6-0.
The only real shore sport is coming from the more northerly marks. Gavin Owen won Seaton Sluices' match at Eyemouth with two cod for 5-7-0, Barry Tweddle taking the heaviest at 3-4-0. The rivers are showing signs of some bigger fish with flounders and eels to over 1lb, Bob Surtees taking an eel of 1-11-0 in Ryhope's sweepstake match.
However, there are still lots of small fish being taken, in Sunderland's SAA Open at the Glass Centre, Paul Robinson taking 37 for 831cm. A few decent plaice to over 2lb have been taken from Roker and South Shields piers with ragworm the best bait.
And I am pleased to say that mackerel have also put in an appearance from Roker, South Shields and Blyth piers. Good numbers of codling have been taken from the rough ground at Berwick. Tony Rutherford and Brain Corkhill, fishing aboard On A Promise, won the National Federation two-man team event with 47 cod, most around 3lb, the best 6lb.
Similar catches have been taken at Amble, Craster and Hartlepool with the best fish of around 9lb coming from Hartlepool. With the appearance of mackerel, off-shore anglers using them as fresh bait have taken some decent-sized ling when the boats have been able to get out. JFK, fishing out of the Tyne, has been taking up to 40 mackerel, anglers taking cod to 9lb and ling to 12lb. Anglers aboard Dans De Leau out of Blyth, fishing the hard ground, have taken good numbers of cod and again fresh mackerel, with the wrecks taking the odd bigger fish. Private boats fishing the ground marks out of the Tyne and Sunderland are taking reasonable catches of cod in the 2 to 5lb range.
Hartlepool anglers Chris Pounder, Gary Johnson, Jay Kelly and Ian Elliott had a trip to Norway taking over 25 cod over 20lb, Chris taking the best at an incredible 44lb, Ian one of 30lb and Gary a Pollock of 12lb.
ALAN CHARLTON (0191) 253 1949 firstname.lastname@example.org