Not a single North East angler featured in the top placings in the Maryport Spring Open, Paul Webster of Maryport taking the heaviest bag of four fish for 8-13-8, which included the heaviest fish, a fine bass of 4-15-12.
Another local Peter Wilkinson was second with six fish for 7-8-4, with Paul Short of Guisborough in third place with 11 fish for 7-6-8.
Another bass of 2-8-8, taken by Ryan Ismay of Maryport, was the second heaviest fish.
Thomas Dixon of Maryport won the junior section with four fish for 2-12-8, followed by Ben Cain with three for 1-11-4, including the heaviest fish a flounder of 1-3-8.
In the National Federation's two man boat competition fished out of Berwick, Tony Rutherford and Brian Corkhill sampled the excellent sport fishing aboard "On A Promise" taking 47 cod, with the best 6lb to win the event, Tony pipping Brian by a single fish.
Boat fishing has certainly picked up, especially now that mackerel are showing from all ports, some boats taking as many as 40 mackerel a trip.
With fresh mackerel, boats have started picking up some of the better ling with fish now into double figures coming from wrecks in catches of up to 50 fish with cod to 9lb present.
This year's Fraser's Heaviest Fish Boat competition is on June 24. Reg, Royal Quays 8am or beforehand at Rutherfords Angling, Sunderland, or Amble Angling Supplies. Fish 10am-4pm. Weigh in 4-6pm. Entry £7 all classes - a donation will be made to the RNLI from the entry monies. Open to all boats. Competitors must arrange own boat place. Anglers may fish out of Amble, Blyth, Tyne and Wear, but must weigh in at Royal Quays where the prize presentations will be made. Details from Sam Harris (0191) 5184561 or Fraser's Angling, Whitley Bay (0191) 2526017.
RAILWAY SAC (river Aln): 12f, 12 w.i. 23flrs. 1st B Tewddle (10) 7-10-0, 2nd G Owen (10) 7-10-0, 3rd T Dooley (3) 2-15-0, 4th A James (2) 1-14-0.
WBA (Wed comp): 1st D Patrick cod 2-7-0 (Wanderer) , 2nd J Ayre cod 2-0-0 (Swordfish)
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE SAC Alnmouth: (1st leg) 11f, 1st D Nevin 4flr 1eel (51pts) l/f 36cm flr 17pts, 2nd R Edmonds 3flr (44pts) 3rd A Parker 1flr (15pts) 4th R Cutler 1flr (13pts)
DURHAM POLICE SAC (Hebburn Marina): 1st I Ainsley wht 32cm (only sizeable fish taken)
CLEADON (Walkway): 7f, 7 caught, 1st S Elliott (23) 549cm, 2nd G Charlton (20) 457cm, 3rd S Taarland (18) 434cm, 4th K Brash (16) 377cm & l/f flr 34cm.
WESTOE: 1st J Mclacklan cod 1-4-0, 2nd M Geach eel 0-13-0. (both Walkway)
RYHOPE SWEEPSTAKE (Panns Bank): 48f, ZA 1st B Surtees eel 1-11-0, 2nd E Hunter flr 1-3-0, 3rd G Hope 1-1-0. ZB 1st B Muncaster flr 1-5-0, Jnt 2nd B Cook, B McLennan, J Wilson.
EASTENDERS SWEEPSTAKE (Glass Centre): 24f, 24 w.i. Jnt 1st M Sopp & L Simpson flr 1-0-0, Jnt 3rd B Surtees & D Ross flr 1-0-0, h/bag G Warwick (4) 2-10-0.
EAST END & HENDON (Glass Centre): 12f, 12 caught. 1st J Ford (10) 241cm, 2nd S Cummings (8) 189cm, 3rd B Robson (7) 165cm.
EASTENDERS OPEN (Lambton drops): 40f 21 w.i. za 1ST a Burton flr 1-3-0, 2nd K Kerrs flr 0-15-0. ZB 1st B Surtees flr 1-7-0, 2nd A Biard cod 1-5-0. H/bag ZA A Burton (3) 3-0-0 ZB D Allinson (7) 5-0-0.
EAST END & HENDON SAC (Silloth): 10f. 1st T Tate (23flr 543cm, 2nd B Robson 19flr 446cm, 3rd G Gardiner 18flr 430cm.
SUNDERLAND SAA OPEN (Glass Centre): 27f, ZA 1st P Robinson (37) 831cm, 2nd I Bellfield (24) 571cm, ZB 1st A Rutherford (17) 390cm, 2nd B Surtees (16) 383cm.
TYNEMOUTH (r/t pier): 1st D Hayley 4flr 2-15-0 h/f 0-15-0, 2nd T Taylor 2flr 1-6-0.
TYNEMOUTH (Seahouses): 1st D Hayley 2cod 5-9-0, 2nd D Spivey 2cod 4-14-0 h/f 3-6-0, 3rd D Craig cod 2-3-0.
TYNEMOUTH (W.J. Wood trophy): 1st D Hayley 2flr 2-10-0 h/f 1-6-0, 2nd D Spivey 3flr 2-2-0, 3rd W Reed 1flr 0-10-0.
SEATON SLUICE (Eyemouth): 11f. 1st G Owen (2) 5-7-0, 2nd M Pygall (2) 4-9-0, 3rd B Tweddle h/f 3-4-0, 4th B Hood (2) 2-11-0