At least one charter boat, the Hartlepool-based Famous, got out most days over the Easter weekend and gave anglers some quite good sport, taking up to 40 fish with the best day being Good Friday.
Arthur Smeaton managed a trip out on his boat Lazy Daze off Cullercoats, returning to port with half a dozen sizeable fish.
Unfortunately for anglers fishing Seaham’s Good Friday Open, the fish were scarce, with only 10 weighing in a dozen codling and a whiting.
First place went to Mick Davison with a codling of 2.59lb taken from The Target.
Lee Burton was a close second with a codling from the Manholes of 2.49lb, with John Charlton third with one from Hall Beach of 2.18lb. Davison also had the heaviest bag with two codling for 4.58lb.
The youngsters have been at it again out-fishing their dads. Dave Williams took his three-year-old daughter Abbie for a short session at the Tyne Business Park where Abbie, who is a dab had at the flounders, reeled in her very first codling, the only fish caught.
A few codling have started to show north of the Tyne. Ryhope angler Mark Green fished at St Mary’s, taking one of 3.14lb. Dave Delaney won East End’s match with one of 1lb 13oz taken from Lynemouth.
South Shields pier though is the best bet for a fish. Steve Hughes took codling of 3lb 120z and 2lb 12oz, with all the top bags in Alberta’s match coming from the pier. Darren Browne took nine fish for 10lb 6oz, including the best at 3lb 2oz. Eric Bell was second with four for 3lb 5oz.
Roker pier is also a good spot with decent pollock to over 2lb being taken on ledgered baits, while Rat House Corner is producing some nice codling. Jeff Cook took oneof 5lb on ragworm tipped withmackerel.
Unfortunately, Tynemouth pier has not been producing in Tynemouth’s last two matches, with anglers having to scratch for a fish.
Chris Robson won their Sunday match with three dab and a whiting for 2lb 4oz. Tony Anderson won their retired members match with two dab and a coalfish for 2lb 2oz.