At long last the open shore is starting to fish. Whitley Bay’s match at Beadnell produced quite a few codling over 3lb.
Garry Appleton landed three for 8lb 1oz, Dave Cruddace took two for 6lb 1oz with Paul Buddles taking the biggest at 3lb 10oz.
Pollock have also been appearing from a few marks with a specimen of 9lb 1oz falling to the rod of Daniel Pescod when fishing the lower Tyne estuary. Other pollock to 3lb have been taken at South Shields and Roker pier.
Plaice have also been taken from both piers along with dab, flounder, and codling,
David Williams took a nice plaice of around 2lb, three decent dab and four codling from South Shields pier, with Alan Ramsey’s 1lb 10oz plaice from Roker pier winning Sunderland’s match.
Davy Wood took one of 1lb 6oz in Longbenton’s match on Tynemouth pier, won by Brian Clennel with 5lb 7oz.
Tynemouth anglers struggled at Seahouses, Dave Hayley with a codling of only 1lb 10oz winning the event.
Things were similar for South Beach, fishing their Chairman’s Trophy at Blyth, although the winning fish was a very nice coalfish of 47cm.
Seaton Sluice fished the Tweed with good numbers of flounder averaging a 1lb taken, Martyn Pygall taking nine for 9lb 9oz, David Price taking the longest at 42cm.
The Wear changes from day to day. Ian Foster was the only one to weigh in in Easingtons match, taking two flounder for 2lb 1oz, the best 1lb 3oz.
In Seaham’s Blenny Hill open at the White Wall, Joe Greaves took 12 for 314cm, Dave Stoker the longest at 36cm.
Boat catches have picked up slightly but not in time for the RNLI Newbiggin Open, which raised £69 for the RNLI, Dave Brian winning easily with a codling of 4lb 4oz, with Paul Birchell second with one of 3lb 5oz.
Warlord at Amble took good numbers from the ground. Eight anglers fishing out of Burnmouth took 42 codling, as many being returned. Tyne boat JFK was averaging 50 to 60 fish with the best going 8lb, while down at Hartlepool private boat Ali Cat took ling to 9lb and cod to 4lb.
Anglers out on Norman White’s private boat Slinky Kate fishing off the Tyne have had a few nice fish, the best going around 8lb. Although not here in any great numbers mackerel have shown from most ports, with a few being taken from South Shields and Roker piers. Micky Quayle after taking very little at Port Carlisle, moved to Silloth where in a few hours he landed around fifty flounder. Best 1lb 12oz.