In fine weather, Steve Ryder took Adam Dendrickson and Steve Watt out on his boat Legacy to see if any fish were showing on the wrecks.
After trying half a dozen they only had the odd pouting and a small codling to show for their efforts and were beginning to wonder if there were any fish about.
Their concerns where quickly dispelled as they dropped their baits on to the next wreck where fish after fish greedily took their bait.
After a hectic time when all fish under 2lb were returned, they ended up with 26 plump cod, most in the 3-5lb range and a couple around 8lb, Steve Watt taking the best at 9lb. Tony Rutherford took his nephew, 10-year-old Jack Bainbridge, for his first session at the Copthorne. Using light gear and mackerel strip for bait Jack took numerous small codling and four flounder.
There has been another decent thornback ray taken – Peter Appleby, fishing the first bay at Hendon, landed one of 5lb.
There are still a few codling around for those prepared to try. Mick Davidson took two of 3lb 11oz and 2lb 12oz from Featherbed Rocks. One or two codling to 2lb 8oz have also come from Roker pier along with a few from Marsden marks.
Sizeable coalfish have started to appear from South Shields pier, along with flounder, dabs and the odd plaice. Anglers fishing matches on Tynemouth pier have had very little. Stewart Ford won Tynemouth’s retired members match with a dab of 11oz. Other match results have been equally poor. Alan Mordey won Sunderland’s with two flounder for 1lb 6oz. There was a three-way tie in Alberta’s match – Ryan Thompson, Eric Bell and David Graves all with fish of 13oz.
Small fish kept anglers busy in a Tyne sweepstake. Zone one winner Micky Bell had 19 for 490cm, zone two Marty Pygall 20 for 490cm, Gareth Gardiner taking the longest a 35cm codling.
Steve Smith managed a boat trip while on holiday in Tenerife. Smith took an eagle ray estimated at 45lb and two stingray estimated at 60lb, all being released at the side of the boat. Waiting for the big fish, he took red bream, bogue, and puffer fish on light tackle.