With catches from shore and boats poor, it has been left to the youngsters to show what they can do.
Ian Barron took his son Key to Hendon Promenade for a session, the youngster catching the only fish of the day, a small flounder, his first-ever catch.
Sunderland boat Sapphire had a party out. The fishing was hard with only two codling being taken, 10-year-old Jay Hutchinson taking the biggest at 4lb 8oz.
Private boats fishing the rough ground of Seaham, Souter and Whitley Bay have only taken three or four small fish, most of these being returned. Dogfish and rays are still being reported from Roker and Seaham pier, Dean Furness losing a decent thornback on the lift during Seaham’s Badger Open – the top three places all going to dogfish. Furness won with one of 2.34lb from the north pier, while Richie Graham was second with one of 2.24lb, also from the pier, and Gary Pye was third with one of 2.17lb from the Blast edge. Furness also had the heaviest bag of three fish, one of which was a spotted ray, for 4.83lb. There has also been a report of two cuckoo rays being taken at Cresswell beach along with small turbot. Roker pier has been the best venue by far with flounder, dab, the odd plaice during the day and codling to 4lb, the best going 6lb during darkness. A few codling to 3lb have come from South Shields pier along with a few decent plaice.
Rock marks from Seahouses to St Abbs have produced very little. However, I would expect catches to improve if this good weather continues.
Only a few clubs have been out, as most clubs at this time of year have a break, with only a few fish being taken.
Ryan Thompson won Alberta’s match from Hebburn Marina with the heaviest fish a flounder of 1lb 1oz. Seaton Sluice fished Tynemouth pier in a catch and release match, Garry Appleton taking 14 small fish for 401cm, Micky Bell taking the longest, a nice coalfish of 39cm.
Alan Ramsey found a codling of 1lb 2oz to win Sunderland’s match. Congratulations to Sunderland anglers Mickey Rich and Scott Paxton who came 18th and 19th respectively in the European beach two-day championships.