Northern Bites by Steve Walker

by Steve Walker

The sea picked up last midweek, and coupled with bigger tides, cod up to 15lb were taken from various marks. Sport for the most part was slow however, especially in the Teesbay area where a few smaller cod prevailed. But Staincliffe did produce cod to 6lb in the South Easterly sea on Sunday. Even the usually reliable whiting are in short supply with many anglers suffering blank sessions.


Just a few miles up the coast shore sport has been quite good, though still a bit hit or miss. Several better cod were caught from the Durham beaches, and these bigger fish are definitely staying close in along the shoreline. Les Moore had a cod of 14lb from Horden on Thursday, while the Horden Buffs match was won with a cod of 10 – 15lb. And on Sunday, several fish around the 9lb mark were reported from the Dene Holm area.

Most consistent better cod sport continues to be from the Sunderland area Northwards, with fish to 10lb again reported from Roker Pier. The river Wear has produced some cod into low double figures. Baz Blakeman had cod to 9lb from Hendon Wall. South Shields Pier and the lower Tyne have both seen numbers of cod around the 5lb to 9lb mark landed.  Neil Cutler had a good session on South Shields pier on Sunday, taking an estimated 30lb bag of cod – best around 9lb.

Horden Mechanics fished on Saturday when Mick Edwards had 4 cod for 7 – 08lb; Shaun Stephenson had 1 cod for 5 – 08lb; and Doug Wilson had 2 cod for 5 – 05lb.

Eastenders Sweepstake was won by Jimmy Brooks with a cod of 2 – 04lb from Ryhope. Steve Rackstraw had another of 1 – 08lb; Dave Old had a cod of 1 – 08lb; Brian Turnbull had a whiting of 0 – 07lb from the Wear.

East End and Hendon Sweepstake: Dave McReady won with a cod of 4 – 14lb taken from the Targets.

Sunderland S.A.A: Alan Walker won a Sunderland S.A.A. match with 7 whiting and 1 dab for 5 – 06lb, and Bill Gamblin had 5 whiting and 1 coalfish for 4 – 13lb.

North of the Tyne: Karl Wilson had a cod of 14 – 08lb from Hartley Skeer. Dave Cruddace had cod to 7lb from Whitley Bay Boat Station, and Tony White had cod to 7lb from White House Sands where other anglers had cod to 8lb in bags of 20lb plus.

Shimano Open match fished on Sunday saw some fine cod caught with 12 out of 36 weighing 19 fish for 40 – 14lb. Steve Williams fished South Shields Pier and had 4 cod – best 8 – 10lb. Steve O’Hagan fished Seaton Sluice and had cod to 8 – 02lb, while Jimmy French had a cod of 7 – 04lb from S.Shields Groyne.

Tynemouth Christmas match on Sunday saw 21 out of 66 weigh in. Ian Carter won with a single cod of 5 – 09lb; Kevin Taylor Walker had 2 cod for 5 – 08lb; Ken Marsh had 1 cod and 1 pouting for 4 – 06lb Top junior Emma Elliott had a whiting of 0 – 10lb.

Hartlepool O.M.A.C. fished Saturday night in a very heavy South Easterly sea. Such conditions can produce fish elsewhere like South Shields Pier, but they rarely conducive to big bags of cod in the Teesbay area, although Middleton Pier and the Staincliffe can sometimes come good. Keith Jeffries fished the sheltered dock channel and was rewarded with a cod of 5 – 01lb, while Brian Chapman fished Middleton and had the second h.s.f with a 1 – 11lb cod. Anthony Chapman had the second heaviest bag with 2 – 15lb, and Jordan Salvan fished Steetly for a 1 – 13lb bag of whiting.

Ryhope Tuesday Sweepstake saw some decent cod landed. Gary Ramsden had the first and third h.s.f. with cod of 1680 grammes and 960 grammes from Ryhope Dene. Dave Whitwell was second with a cod of 1095 grammes from Roker Pier.

Ryhope Christmas club match on Sunday saw a good end to the year with 59 out of 98 weighing in. Bob Charlton had 4 cod for 4655 grammes from Hill 60; Wayne Harriman had 1 cod and 1 flounder for 2655 from Panns Bank; Bob Surtees had 4 flounders, 2 whiting, and 1 cod for 2465 grammes from the Fish Quay. Top junior was Abigail Redpath with a flounder of 860 grammes.

Cleadon A.C. fished early last week with 6 out of 27 weighing in. John Taylor had 7 cod – best 3 – 02lb, for 10 – 06lb from the Tyne. Norman Spour had 2 cod for 2 – 14lb from S.Shields Pier, and Jamie Brennan had 1 bass of 1 – 07lb also from the pier.

Seaham A.C. Vernon Knapp cup was won by Andy Byrom with 17 fish for 13.96lb, while George Hope had 16 fish for 11.10lb – both fished the Blast Beach. Andy Clegg in third had 10 fish for 6.55lb from the North Pier. Dave Borwell had the h.s.f. with a cod of 2.17lb.

South of the Tees: There are plenty of whiting and dabs showing from South of the Tees at North Gare and Saltburn piers. St, Marys A.C. had two recent matches. The first saw 16 out of 29 weigh in. Winner John Atherton had 14 whiting and 2 dabs for 8 – 09lb; Andrew Burton had 9 whiting and 7 dabs for 8 – 05lb. Jeff Walker had the h.s.f. with a cod of 6 – 03lb. The second match saw 21 out of 26 weigh in. Mick Smith had 12 whiting and 2 dabs for 8 – 09lb; Stan Preston had 11 whiting and 1 pouting for

6 – 15lb; Terry Dalton had 10 whiting and 1 dab for 5 – 12lb.

Picture by Alan Charlton

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