THE unusually heavy seas of last weekend brought a few cod within reach of the shore angler, and those in the right place at the right time were lucky to pick up some quality fish, writes STEVE WALKER.
Tynemouth AC had a match at Seahouses where Dave Hayley won with a nice bag of three cod, best 6lb, for a 13lb total. Steve Harper had two wrasse for 4lb, and Paul Foster had a cod for 3lb 14oz.
Tynemouth retired members saw 20 fishing at the weekend and they had a bit of a specimen hunt fishing Tynemouth Pier. John Pearson had three whiting, two coalfish, and one plaice for 3lb 12oz, Tony Taylor had four whiting and one dab for 2lb 5oz, Dave Bentley had one whiting, one dab and one coalfish for 2lb 4oz, and Doug Spivey had the hsf with a cod of 1lb 3oz.
Those anglers fishing around Whitley Bay and St Mary’s report small cod, coalfish and pouting taking crab and worm baits with nothing of any great size reported.
The heavy rain late last week also brought some unexpected results. Few anglers would attempt to fish the Wear in heavy flood conditions, with the river being full of debris making fishing almost impossible.
Such conditions are, however, known to encourage eels to become active in the river. A Hartlepool Pirates match on Friday evening saw some members fishing the Wear and they were rewarded with some outstanding specimen eels. Adam Dendrikson had four for 7lb 2oz, the best bag of quality eels I have heard of for several years.
Bill Bradley fished Steetly Pier and had a good summer cod of 4lb 12oz together with two whiting for a total of 5lb 11oz. Aaron Dixon must have been slightly disappointed to only finish third with an absolutely outstanding specimen eel of 3lb 13oz, and Dave Robinson also fished Steetly to take three dabs and two whiting for 1lb 15oz.
Prior to this, the last Ryhope Tuesday evening sweepstake saw 20 fishing with Wayne Harriman taking the hsf with a flounder of 1lb 2oz ahead of Darren Welsh with a flounder of 14oz. Steve Rackstraw and John Lovett tied each with flounders of 13oz.
Mackerel have been scarce due to the rough weather and such a heavy sea may have pushed them well offshore and it could be several days before they move back inshore.
Sunday July 26: The second match in the Whitley Bay Summer League sweepstake fishes at Beadnell from 11am to 3pm. Meet at Pattersons Garage, Beadnell. Details Mick (07739585464) or Gary (07957949554).
Sunday August 2: The Ian Woods Open Boat Competition fishes from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Weigh-in closes 6pm prompt. Registration from 7.30am at the Royal Quays, North Shields, or from selected tackle shops beforehand. Entry £8 all classes. This is a h.s.f. competition and is open to private and charter boats. Competitors may fish from any port but must weigh in at Royal Quays. Contact Sam Harris (0191) 518-4561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.