Although there has been little caught from the open shore, the few anglers who have ventured on to the rock ends have been rewarded with the odd decent cod.
One of those was 17-year-old Shaun Brannan who fished Cambois rocks, taking a fine cod of 6lb 8oz.
At Lynemouth an angler known as ‘Old Arthur’ took a nice cod of 8lb and a turbot of 2lb.
Another youngster has done well on his first fishing trip. Three-year-old Jack Graham of Dunston landed a small whiting and a flounder fishing the Tyne.
His grandfather Davy could only manage a flounder.
Wayne Harriman found a pocket of codling in Seaham’s Good Friday open taking the top three places with codling of 3.72lb, 1.75lb and a coalfish of 1.21lb and the heaviest bag with 6.67lb, taking the pairs with Joe Archer.
Only five fish where landed in Seaham’s Nighthawk match, Paul Westmorland taking two of them for 5.37lb, including the heaviest a codling of 3.86lb, and the pairs with Dave Swan, who was second with a codling of 2.28lb, with 10.44lb.
Coalfish have made up the bulk of catches in matches.
Paul McIntyre won South Shields’ match with five for 5lb 2oz. Phil Coates took the heaviest fish – a codling of 2lb 15oz, both fishing the Tyne. Kenny Patterson won Tynemouth’s match with three coalfish for 3lb 1oz from the Ice Store, Steve Elliott taking the heaviest fish – a coalfish of 1lb 7oz from the pier.
There are still plenty of flounders in the rivers.
Micky Bell took a monster measuring 43cm, weighing 3lb 3oz.
It was the biggest in Seaton Sluice’s match and made a new club record.
Chris Guthrie won the match with six flounder for 6lb 5oz.
Chris Stringer won Reelsports’ first league match at British Airways with nine fish for 177cm, Micky Adams taking the longest, a flounder of 38cm.
Serenity’ out of Amble managed to take a catch consisting of 30 good-sized coalfish.
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