Shore angling has slowed down a little with cod only showing on bigger tides and down in numbers compared to recent results. Nevertheless the odd double figure specimens have been reported, and those anglers fishing the low water marks and rock edges have taken bags of up to six or seven fish. Whiting and some fat winter dabs are out in force from the clean ground marks with worm and mackerel baits taking double figure mixed bags from the Durham beaches and the piers at Hartlepool, Roker and South Shields. The river Tyne still has cod present but again in reduced numbers, the Tyne often starts to decline around this time of the year only to pick up again around March with the spring run of cod.
There were some good bags of cod taken before the sea flattened off. Best cod reported was one of Bait can be ordered from the Amble Angling Centre, contact Norma on 01665 711200. Details Jim French 01665 71100710lb 6oz taken by Brian Thompson fishing the pipe at Lynemouth; he also had another specimen of 9lb 11oz and one of 5lb during the productive session. Lynemouth also produced a bag of 25lb for Harry Barker, the best of which weighed 9lb 12oz. Lee Grey also fished this mark to land a mixed bag of cod and bass weighing 23lb, the best brace tipped the scales at 6lb 9oz and 6¼lb and Bill Murray landed a cod of 9lb. Ronnie Forest had three cod from Whitley Bay beach for a bag of 17lb and followed this up by winning a Bedlington match with eight fish weighing 21lb 14oz including one nice one at an ounce less then 7lb, from Tynemouth beach. Other notable catches included Steve Potts with 10 cod to 5lb from Blyth pier, Steve Clark who fished two sessions on the pier, the first producing four cod for 17½lb and the second seven for 20lb. Trevor Green had 10 cod for 20lb from Roker pier, the best weighing 4½lb and Aaron Dixon had one of 9lb from Grants. Steve Harper fished a Tynemouth Sunday League match and brought eight cod, seven whiting and three dabs to the scales to weigh-in 25lb 9oz. Dave Hayley won a Tynemouth retired members match with a bag of five cod, three dabs and a coalfish for 12¼lb. Neil Lindsay won a Longbenton match with 10 – 09lb while Gary Appleton topped the list at a Seaton Sluice match with nine cod for 18lb 6oz followed by Chris Guthrie with six for 13½lb.
A recent Eastenders sweepstake saw Barrie Wright take first, second and fourth heaviest fish prizes with cod of 6lb 8oz, 3lb 6oz and 2lb 15oz respectively. Chris Hossack won the Eastenders club match with seven for 10lb from the High Ledge, and an Eastenders rover match was won by Ken Halliday with a cod of 2¼lb from Seaham.
Seaham A.C. fished for the Vernon Knapp Trophy on Sunday with seven out of 39 weighing in 14 fish for 12.47lb. Dean Ambler won at Noses Point with eight fish for 6.07lb, Andy Clegg taking second prize with one fish at 1.52lbs from the southern end of the Blast Beach. Micky Gray had one weighing 1.23lbs and John Barrass one for 1.22lbs to take third and fourth places. Dean Ambler and John Barrass took the team pool with 9 fish for 7.29lbs.
Hartlepool O.M.A.C. fished last Saturday and 11 members found the fishing slow, weighing in 18 fish for 15lb 6oz. First placed Dave Littlewood landed eight fish weighing 5lb 11oz ahead of Ian Palmer Snr. who had three for 4¼lb, including the heaviest fish at 2lb 14oz. Chris Smith finished third with two for 3lb 3oz, best weighing 2lb 9oz and Jay Kelly had the third heaviest fish at 1lb 14oz.
Sport is a little slow south of the Tees where John Nixon won a Redcar match with a single cod of 2lb 6oz taken from Runswick, and was the only angler to weigh in. Dave Thompson only needed a cod of 2½lb to win a Saltburn match where the runner-up was Bernard Westgarth with one weighing four ounces less. Sport was desperate for a St. Mary’s A.C. match where it was won by George Beckett with two rockling weighing six ounces.
The Whitley Bay Evening open last Saturday saw 16 out of 88 weigh in. Steve Potts took top spot with five cod for 8lb 15oz landed from the Middens while in second Ken West had a cracking cod of 8½lb from Sharpness. Chris Potts finished third with two weighing 6lb 7oz from the Middens and Daniel Chapman in fourth weighed in a single cod at 6lb 3oz.
The 34th Amble Open is scheduled for Sunday January 9th with fishing from 10am till 2pm between Seahouses South pier to Lynemouth Pipe, excluding all piers and rivers. Basic entry is £12 which includes the heaviest fish sweep. Top prizes for the heaviest bags are £600, £300 and £150; while the first three heaviest fish will receive £300, £200 and £100. The top three heaviest flatfish receive £150, £100 and £50. The top three lady’s prizes are £50, £30 and £20 with the same monies for the top three juniors. There is a supporting prize table of £4000. Register at the Radcliffe Club, Amble from 7.30am with the weigh in from 2pm till 3pm prompt. No wrasse or eels are allowed and the size limit for flounders is 27cm.