Boat catches are certainly on the up from all ports with ling now reaching the 20lb mark with a few coming from the wrecks.
There have also been plenty of cod in the 4-5lb range with quite a few in the low double figures, but as yet no real lunkers, the best has been around 16lb.
Anglers fishing the hard ground with light tackle are having great sport with codling in the 3-5lb range with a few reaching double figures, and it seems that all baits and lures are taking fish.
Anglers fishing the deep water marks along the Northumbria coast have also encountered good-sized Pollock and a few decent cod and coalfish.
For bait anglers there are always the rivers where good-sized flounders and eels, a few codling and coalfish have been taken amongst the masses of small fish.
North East anglers did well in the Silloth Open with Chris Stringer of Whitley Bay winning with 30 fish for 986cm, Jim Dobie (27 fish for 921cm) of Peterlee was second, Gary Joyce of Redcar (722cm) was third with Paul Robinson of Washington taking the longest fish a bass of 52cm.
Today Rutherfords Angling Open match is fished at the Copthorne Hotel on the Tyne from 2-6pm. Entry is £10
Reminder: Sunday, June 24 is Frasers Open Boat Competition sponsored by Frasers Angling, Whitley Bay and Gateshead. Reg at the Royal Quays Marine, North Shields 8am or beforehand at Rutherfords Angling, Sunderland, or Amble Angling Supplies. Fishing is 10am to 4pm. Weigh-in 4-6pm. Call Sam Harris on (0191) 5184561 or Frasers Angling, Whitley Bay (0191) 2526017 for more details.
NORTHWEST ROCKHOPPERS' BASS OPEN: 1st Nev Charlesworth (£548) , of Withernsea, two bass eight flr 13-13-8, including h/f bass 3-4-8. 2nd Ian Bellfield, Sunderland 11-12-4, 3rd Ashton Neesham (Rockhoppers) 10-13-0. Heaviest other fish Neil Cutler (Washington) 1-9-0. Jnrs 1st Lewis Neesham (9) 7-13-0. 2nd D Pape 1-4-0, 3rd B Caine 0-8-0. Teams 1st I an Bellfield/Neil Cutler 21-7-12, 2nd Nev Charlesworth/S Docker 20-4-8.
LONGBENTON & SEATON BURN (Tynemouth pier): 6snrrs 1jnr 1st P Nathan (10) 221cm, 2nd M Murray (7) 170cm, 3rd Les Harris (6) 144cm.
HARTLEPOOL PIRATES AC.: 10f, 2 w.i. 5flr, 1st B Bradley (4) 3-13-0, 2nd D Robinson h/f 1-4-0 (both Tyne)
RYHOPE (sweepstake) (Wear Business Centre): 41f, 41 caught. ZA 1st G Gardiner flr 1-13-0, 2nd R Clark flr 1-3-0, jnt 3rd R Fisher & P Robinson flr 1-0-0. ZB 1st D Ross flr 1-8-0, Jnt 2nd J Topliffe & P Riley flr 1-6-0.
WESTOE AC.: 1st M Jewitt 5mck 4-6-0, 2nd R Overton 4mck 1coal 4-2-0 (both Sth Shields pier), 3rd R Gilmour 1cod 1flr 2-15-0, h/f 2-1-0 (Tyne).
SEAHAM AC.: Badger 1st Shirley Newton turbot 1.28lb, 2nd & 3rd Susan Hope flr 0.83lb & 0.36lb.
WBA (species hunt) jnt: 1st S Thompson 'Beaujolais' & Jordan Muckles (11years old) (Doris (3 species) h/f cod 7-8-8 Swordfish.
EASTENDERS SWEEPSTAKE (Wear Business Park): 23f, 1st B Surtees flr 1-6-0, 2nd C Hossack flr 1-1-0, 3rd P Hossack flr 0-14-0, h/bag B Surtees 5-0-0.
EAST END & HENDON: 12f, 6 w.i. 1st B Robson flr 0-11-0, 2nd G Tyzack flr 0-9-8, jnt 3rd J Ford (coal) & G Gardiner (eel) 0-7-0.
RUTHERFORDS/CONOFLEX LEAGUE (1st match): 42f. ZA 1st J Smith 514cm, 2nd A Rutherford 342cm, 3rd S Golightly 252cm. ZB 1st R Fisher 361cm, 2nd B Gascoigne 334cm, 3rd G Warwick 311cm.