Stu Foots won the Wednesday sweepstake with eight for 163cm, the best a coalfish
South Shields and Roker Piers have been patchy with odd Codling to 2lb on crab, with small Coalfish
and odd Pollock also coming from these venues.
Quick identity tip - a coalfish
lateral line is straight from head to tail but a pollack lateral is clearly arched over its pectoral fin.
In total 13 flounder, a coalfish
and a pouting were weighed in.
The River Wear has a lot of coalfish
but most are undersize.
In total 89 fish were caught, comprising of 66 flounder, 10 dabs, 12 turbot and a coalfish
The recently re-opened Roker pier has fished well with whiting to more than 1lb and codling to 5lb, with South Shields pier giving anglers bags of up to 10 decent coalfish
and codling to 4lb.
Rock-edge marks at Marsden have produced mackerel and coalfish
together with some goodsized codling to 6lb mainly on crab.
Mussel could be a good alternative for the coalfish
along Upgang Promenade.
Mixed bags of codling, dab, flounder, coalfish
and whiting have come from Tynemouth pier Dave Scrimegeour taking nine for 6lb 7oz in their retried members match, Frank Colman taking the heaviest a nice coalfish
of 1lb 12oz.
Roker pier has given one or two mackerel, but the majority of species have been undersized codling and coalfish
, with whiting at night.
A cod of around 6lb and a codling of about 3lb were caught from the mouth of the River Wear, while the 14 match anglers managed just a single codling among them, though they added a coalfish
, two whiting, six flounder, five rockling and three eelpouts.