The shore fishing over the last week has been absolutely desperate with very little taken.
There are a few flounders in the Wansbeck on rag and mackerel strip and both the Tyne and Wear are full of undersized codling and whiting, with sport poor elsewhere.
Jack Clark fished one of the Seaham SAC matches and took a cod of 4½lb from the inner pier at Seaham, the best shore-caught fish I've heard of this week.
The Seaham piers are only open to members of the local angling club. You can get further details on joining by ringing Rigs Tackle on (0191) 581 7915.
Further south from Saltburn, Marske and Redcar beach, and all Teesside piers, have mainly produced undersized codling and a few flounders.
When boats have been able to get out, sport has been mixed. Amble, Blyth and Tyne boats have had very little sport, whereas off Sunderland boats anchoring using lugworm have been taking cod to 7lb close in shore. Drift fishing has produced very little. Morris Ford, fishing in his own boat 600 yards off Seaham, had a number of cod, the best 20lb, using rag and lug. He also caught another of 11lb.
Whitley Bay Angling Society had three rods out in a club competition, two weighed in. Winner Doug Spivey with two coal fish 1lb 12oz, 2nd Dave Bentley one coal fish 1lb. The fish were taken from the Pipe, Whitley Bay.
For anyone interested in a short break in Westport, southern Ireland, the Helm Hotel is offering three nights' B&B and two days charter boat fishing on the 38ft White Sea Horse, with rods and reels supplied, and transfers to and from Knock airport, for e200.
The price does not include flights but these are cheap with BMI Baby from Durham/Tees Airport. Details from Vinny on 00353 982 6398 or myself on (0191) 518 4561.