Whiting and flatties made up the majority of catches last week with settled conditions keeping most of the cod offshore although night time sessions produced a few smaller fish up from the rock edges and low water marks. Steetley and Roker piers have been reliable, producing some double figure mixed bags. The Tyne has also produced small cod but not in the same numbers as previous weeks.
There were a few decent bags taken north of the Tyne where Steve Robinson won a Newbiggin match with four cod for 12lb 13oz from the White Holes and Billy Foster took the heaviest fish with a chunky cod of 7lb 15oz from Snab Point. Barry Tweddle won a Seaton Sluice match with eight cod for 14lb 9oz from Hadston, followed by Paul Stephenson with four for 13¾lb from Lynemouth.
Hartlepool W.C.S.A.C. fished last weekend when winner Paul Blair had a good mixed bag of cod, whiting and dabs for 9lb 7oz, including the heaviest fish, a cod of 6¾lb. Andy Boagey had a bag of cod and whiting, best 4½lb, for a 7lb 1oz total in second place and third placed Steven Booth had dabs and whiting for 2lb 7oz.
Hartlepool O.M.A.C. fished their last match of the year on Saturday with seventeen members finding the fishing poor with little movement on the sea. Jay Kelly fished Hawthorne Point to win with a mixed bag for 5lb 13oz and Dave Clarke had the heaviest fish with a cod of 2lb 7oz. Next match is January 9th 2010 fishing from 6pm till midnight.
The Seaham Open the next day also saw poor results with a northerly swell just arriving just a bit too late. Out of five hundred and fifty fishing only fifty-five weighed in. Horden Beach saw an estimated one hundred and fifty anglers along its length with only five fish reported taken. Cod were few and far between with most anglers who weighed in just picking up a single size whiting or flattie. Tony Fishwick was the top man on the day taking a cod of 3½lb to take the £1500 first prize. Runner-up Ian Peacock weighed in a cod of 3lb 2oz while third placed Danny Swan had one of 3lb 1oz.
Cleadon A.C. Fished early last week and found a few cod about despite the calm conditions, Paul Harrison taking two for 4lb 8oz, best 3¾lb, from Marsden to pip Terry Wood who had one of 3lb 7oz from Whitburn. Gav Hall in third place had one cod and a flounder from the Tyne for 2lb 9oz and fourth placed Billy Lea had a single cod for 2lb from Marsden.
The last Ryhope Tuesday evening open had one of the better results with all thirty-one anglers fishing weighing in. Gary Pye took the top two places with cod of 1145 grams and 1020 grams respectively from the Hall Beach. Third place went to Paul Riley with a fish of 725 grams from the Falls and Bob Surtees finished fourth with one of 655 grams from Roker Pier.
The Easington Colliery Rovers are having their 15th open shore match on Sunday December 27th fishing from 10am till 3 pm between the Green Wall at Seaham and the Heugh at Hartlepool, all piers excluded. Basic entry is £10, register at the Easington Colliery club from 8am till 9.45am. First prize for the heaviest fish is £400, plus £300 for the heaviest bag, there are ladies and junior prizes, plus a full supporting prize table.
Monday December 28th sees the 12th Blackhall Navy Club Get Carter Open fishing from 9am till 2pm between the Foxholes Pipe at Horden to the Heugh at Hartlepool, all piers excluded. Basic entry is £10, register at the Blackhall Navy Club, East Street, Blackhall from 7am till 9am. First prizes for the heaviest fish are £500, £300, and £200, plus a full supporting prize table worth £2500. Junior prizes are £50, £30, and £20, juniors have free entry if accompanied by a paying adult. Contact John 0191-5182036 for details.
The popular Amble Open is on Sunday January 3rd fishing from 9am till 1pm between Seahouses Pier and Lynemouth Pipe, all piers and rivers excluded except that disabled anglers may fish Amble Pier accompanied by their registered partner. Basic entry is £12 all classes which includes the heaviest fish sweep. Register at the Radcliffe Club Amble from 7am till 9am, weigh in from 1pm till 2pm at the same venue. Top prizes for the heaviest bag are £600, £300, £150, heaviest fish £400, £200, £150, Heaviest flatfish £150, £100, £50, ladies £50, £30, £20, with a supporting prize table worth £3000. Anglers are reminded to keep any flatfish alive for returning and stewards will be in attendance to ensure that no litter is left behind. Bait can be ordered from The Amble Angling Centre, contact Norma on 01665-711200.