Unfortunately anglers fishing Whitburn and Marsden for the odd cod have found small coalfish
Roker Pier has produced mackerel and coalfish
, the River Wear producing mainly coalfish
and the odd small codling and a few flounders.
was tempted by a Gunnimak lure and the turbot by a flowing spoon trace using coalfish
strip as bait.
The upper reaches of the Tyne and Wear have produced good flounder action, with a few nudging 2lb, along with a few codling to 2lb and sizeable coalfish
There are still lots of undersized codling and coalfish
but decent flounders - with some going to 2lb.
The fish are averaging 1lb and, mixed in with them, are flounders, a few plaice and coalfish
Local names for coalfish
, such as saithe, billet and coley also cause muddles.
Tyne estuary is fishing quite well for coalfish
South Shields Pier has produced mainly undersized codling and coalfish
with the odd codling to 21/2lb on fresh crab.
The second match featured 25 entrants, with 11 weighing in four codling, three flounder, three sand dabs, two rockling, two coalfish
and one pollack.
Seven of the top eight coalfish
caught between 1971 and the 1986 record of 37lb 5oz were taken by Devon boats.
Good numbers of coalfish
well over 1lb are appearing in catches.