Results: 1 Nick Westgarth 10 (297cm / 5lb 6oz) - four flounder, five coalfish
, one eel, 2 Mick Gray six (200cm 6lb 2oz) - all flounder; 3 Matty Lamb six (157cm / 1lb 12.
South Shields pier itself has given anglers up to 10 decent coalfish
, and odd codling to 3lb.
Allan said that there were numerous cod between 30lb and 40lb taken on a 750 gram leadheads - known as Big Bobs - with a mainly black plastic body representing coalfish
, which is what the cod were feeding on.
and pollack are lookalike relatives of cod and so often confused that it sometimes takes an expert to tell them apart.
Newbiggin Bay has produced lots of undersize coalfish
The second match featured 25 entrants, with 11 weighing in four codling, three flounder, three sand dabs, two rockling, two coalfish
and one pollack.
They took coalfish
, cod, ling and pollock two and three at a time for four hours, taking around 130 fish excluding the whiting and coalfish
Seven of the top eight coalfish
caught between 1971 and the 1986 record of 37lb 5oz were taken by Devon boats.
Catches have been taken from the Walkway and Jarrow Marina on the south side, and from the north side there have been codling and coalfish
from North Shields Fish Quay, Smiths, Walkers and Riverside Park.
Chris Wood finished runner-up with four flounder, a coalfish
and an eel for 203cm (2lb 2.
South Shields pier and the lower Tyne rock edge marks are producing some nice mixed bags of cod, coalfish
, whiting, flounders, and dabs, and the various rock edge marks along the Northumberland shoreline are proving to be productive on night time tides.
When they did manage to get out, the wrecks produced very few double-figure ling and cod and the best sport - particularly for codling - was from the hard ground close inshore, with codling 3lb to 5lb and also coalfish
and wrasse being landed on worm, mussel, squid, crab or prawns, mackerel on hokis and daylights.