Catches have dropped for pleasure and match anglers, but there has still been the odd decent fish with Roker pier one of the best venues. Alan Scott fished close inshore into The Bay taking a cod of 8lb, returning a few days later to take a cod of 9lb 14oz.
Arran Stead has been at it again from Roker, taking two codling around 3lb and another of 7lb, Paul Phillipson taking a personal best cod of 6lb 8oz.
James Sanderson had a marathon session on South Shields pier. For his efforts, Sanderson took a cod of 4lb and another one of 7lb 8oz. There has also been a decent Thornback Ray of 44cm from Roker.
Micky Quayle decided to find some shelter and opted for the upper reaches of the Wear at Claxheugh where he found the flounder feeding. Quayle ended up with around 20 fish, the best 1lb 11oz.
Andy Brumby fished at Frenchman’s where he took plenty coalfish and whiting and a 3lb codling. Mitch Dow travelled to Craster, which has produced a few codling, taking a cod of 6lb 6oz.
A few dogfish are now showing. William Rowntree took one of 2.2lb from the north pier to win Seaham’s Badger open. Gary Pye took the heaviest bag of 18 fish for 17.4lb. Pye and Danny Swan won the pairs with 32 fish for 28.6lb.
The better fishing has certainly been south of the Tyne. Ian McLachlan won Cleadon’s match with a cod of 5lb 4oz taken from Marsden. Micky Newton won Ryhope’s sweepstake with a cod of 4lb 1oz taken from the Roundhead. Davey McCready won a sweepstake at the Glass centre with a dozen fish for 299cm. I would expect this to change as the sea comes away.
Skipper Dennis Lilley took his boat Lone Shark out on a rare calm evening with nothing in the first few hours the skipper headed off to a mark not far off and was into codling around 2lb, which where returned. Dropping down afresh bait the skipper was just in time to stop his light rod going over as a decent fish took the bait, which proved to be an 11lb 20z cod.