Anglers getting afloat during the choppy weather may be returning with a few bruises. However, the efforts seem to have paid dividends.
A party out of the Tyne on Sarah JFK had a cracking day, taking 80 decent cod, mostly around 8lb, with Paul Bainbridge and Jimmy Cassidy taking 50 between them. Jimmy took the best of the catch at 15lb.
On another trip, Davy Collinson, of Shiremoor, took a cracking pollock of 10½lb.
Boats fishing off Sunderland have also taken good catches with Greg Stafford, fishing from The Shau Siu, taking a ling of 10-8-0.
Boats out of Hartlepool, once again seeking the shelter of Tees Bay, have taken reasonable numbers of fish - anglers aboard Famous took 65 cod in the 5-9lb range, while another trip yielded 45 cod of a similar stamp, with jiggers seeming to land the better fish. Up at Amble, anglers aboard Upholder fishing the hard ground have taken decent catches of cod to 7lb and the odd pollock to 5lb. Alan Wallace took cod to 6lb, while Tony Cook pulled out ten good-sized cod.
All boats have reported large quantities of mackerel, many well over 2lb, with Andy Watson taking one of 2lb 4oz aboard Upholder.
The quality of flounders and eels in the Wear is improving with examples of both caught weighing in at over 2lb. Eddie Knighley took an eel of 2lb 6oz to win Eastenders' sweepstake. There are plenty of small fish in the Wear as well for match anglers, Andy Rutherford winning Sunderland's match, fished at the Glass Centre, with 20 fish for 493cm.
It is the same on the Tyne - Steve Elliott won Cleadon's match fished at the Walkway with 18 for 464cm.
A few codling have also been taken. Kieron Newton won Seaham Juniors' Challenge Cup with one of 1-8-0, the only angler to weigh in.
At Seahouses, Eric Short won Tynemouth's match with a cod of 3-2-0, with Dave Hayley next with one of 2-5-0. Some decent flounders have been coming from Warkworth Beach, where Ian Harrogate won Amble's match with five for 4-3-12, the best weighing in at 1-3-8.
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