SO MUCH fresh water has come down our rivers after the torrential rain that it ended up well offshore, causing fish to move into deeper water well offshore.
However, mackerel are still being caught from the piers but not in any quantity because of the fresh water.
Craster, Dunstanburgh and Seahouses rock edges have given up the odd cod with the best reported to 6lb on fresh crab.
Anglers on the rivers Tyne and Wear have seen some decent flounders to 1½lb but very little else.
Meanwhile, North East boats are having to go well offshore to get away from the fresh water, and when they have, sport has been reasonable.
The Tyne wreck boat Sarah JFK, skippered by Alan Skinner, is still taking some decent catches.
On the last trip out Colin Donnelly took a 20lb 8oz ling on mackerel baited daylights.
Alan has also found cod to 16lb for his parties and Geoff Mole took a ling of 16lb, again on mackerel strip. Among the catch were coalfish and pollock to 8lb on mackerel baited daylights. You can contact Alan on (0191) 276 4863.
An Amble boat with Stan Maddock aboard took a ling of 18½lb which was weighed and verified at Amble Angling Centre.
The next open shore angling competition is being held by the Newbiggin AC with a first prize of £250.
The competition is fished on Sunday, July 15, from 9am-1pm with registration at the Bankhouse Social Club, Newbiggin from 7.30-9am. Entry fees: Seniors £10, juniors £3. There is an optional heaviest fish (£1), optional super pool (£1), and teams of two event (£1 per person).
Boundaries are Seahouses breakwater to Tynemouth Pier – excluding all piers and estuaries.
Further details from Fred (01670) 817 585.
On the same Sunday, Ian Woods Game Fishing Supplies of Morpeth are sponsoring a demonstration by the world fly casting champion Hywel Morgan at Higham Lakes, Ponteland.
Entry is free and there will be Scierra fly fishing tackle for visitors to try.
I WAS in Southern Ireland last week and I had a much better time over there than anglers have been having in the North East.
With me in Cork was our competition winner and Amble Tackle dealer Tony Irwin.
Among the species we caught and released alive were bass, bullhuss, LSDs, blonde rays, dabs and flounders.
There were also conger taken to 30lb – all-in-all a fantastic place to fish.