Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Black Middens

When my favourite spots are all blown out or have too much swell hitting them I have a few options in order to get my fix. These are the river mouth at Wansbeck, Cullercoats (if the sea is just about do-able) or Black Middens inside the mouth of the river Tyne. Black Middens is very easy to launch from. There is parking at the top of the beach and the slip is a gentle slope. It is nearly always accessible despite sea conditions. The only exception to this is a big Easterly or North Easterly swell that comes right in through the sea defences.

Once out I stick to the North end to prevent having to cross a rather busy shipping channel. It starts off shallow with a mixed sand and rock bottom. I’ve caught a good number of flatties in this area. Further along the sea wall it gets rocky. Cod can be caught here, especially when the sea has been rough prior to the trip out.

I have launched here a number of times when other spots would have been fine as it gives easy access to the reefs around King Edwards Bay. In addition, the end of the pier has some great pollock fishing if you can stay in position long enough against the strong flow. It is best to fish this area at slack water with no swell as conditions can deteriorate very quickly. On a fast tide run, the water gets very confused.

Just North of the North sea wall there is some nice sandy ground that holds big plaice. A friend of mine caught a lovely 3.5lb plaice from there.

Be careful if there is a match on or if people are fishing from the pier. Give them plenty of space so as not to have any nasty accidents with flying tackle.

Kayak Fishing Black Middens

The road down to Black Middens. Park at the car park at the top or at the side of the road if it isn’t busy.

Kayak Fishing Black Middens

Black Middens offers a lot of shelter when it is too rough else where.


Fish I have caught from this area:

Whiting

Whiting

Pollock

Pollock

Plaice

Plaice

Dab

Dab

Cod

Cod

Coalfish

Coalfish

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

This is a very popular spot amongst kayak fisherman in the North East. The car park at the north of the town provided very easy access to the beach and is free. Park here and wheel the kayak down the short concrete slip onto the sandy beach. The sand is soft which is a little tiring but you don’t have too far to pull the kayak before reaching the sea, especially at high tide.

Once on the water you have a sandy bay and sand banks straight out which give good flatty fishing. I’ve caught whiting from here as well in the winter. This isn’t the reason to come to Newbiggin though. Newbiggin is in my mind one of the best cod fishing spots in our area. In winter myself and few friends regularly head up to Newbiggin (when the weather allows) to fish church point. This is the rocky headland just North of the launch spot. The ground here is very rough and provides a haven for cod, some of which are real specimens. In winter we anchor up and fish with bait but lures also work really well in the summer months when the water is clearer.

Close in from church point is large areas of kelp. These hold cod and most likely hold good Pollock although I’ve never specifically targeted them. This area won me the Geordie Christmas Comp in 2014 with a lovely 7lb kelp cod.

The tidal flow around church point can be strong. In fact, the flow here is stronger than anywhere else I’ve written about with the exception of the river Tyne. If you get a good day at Newbiggin you will come back on a regular basis. It is a great spot but one to be a little cautious of if you are new to the sport and the art of anchoring.

Fish I have caught in this area:

Cod

Cod

Whiting

Whiting

Dab

Dab

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Blyth, Northumberland

The regular launch for Blyth is at a place called ‘hole in the wall’. There is a small car park just before you get to the barrier at Blyth Marina which is free of charge and where there is a ‘hole in the wall’ to allow access to the beach. There is a little bit of a lip to get over from the car park to the beach but it isn’t major and very easy if there are two of you. The distance from the car park to the water is very short (especially at high tide) often meaning there is no need for a trolley. From this launch spot you have a lot of choices when it comes to styles of fishing and species to target.

Firstly, you have a lot of sand banks inshore that provide good flatty fishing. I’ve had a lot of plaice and dabs from Blyth. I’ve had a few of the nasty weaver fish too. If this doesn’t take your fancy then there is catfish reef. This is a reef about ¾ of a mile off shore that can hold good cod on the right day. You can also paddle to the reefs just north of Blyth pier (see Cambois for more details on this area). The highlight of this spot for me is the wrecks. They are numerous but do require a bit of experience and good sea state as they are a good distance off shore. These hold the usual cod and Pollock but also provide the odd ling as well. In summer, Blyth is another mackerel hot spot and can be caught just about anywhere previously mentioned. Blyth is one of my favourite locations and one I hope to fish a lot more in the future.

Fish I have caught in this area:

Ling

Ling

Mackerel

Mackerel

Plaice

Plaice

Dab

Dab

Pollock

Pollock

Coalfish

Coalfish

Weaver

Weaver

Cod

Cod

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Tynemouth Longsands

I have fished Tynemouth a lot on the kayak but rarely see another kayak fisherman out there. I really rate it as a spot but it did take me a fair while to figure the place out and often came back empty handed in the early days.

The place is very versatile. There are plenty of sand banks that offer good dab and plaice fishing plus the odd grey gurnard. Whiting arrive in their droves over winter and are an easy target as the sun sets. One session resulted in half a dozen large whiting all in the space of 30 minutes. The largest just under 3lb!

There is rocky ground to the North end and South end of Longsands beach which offer good cod fishing, especially after an unsettled period. There are also some reefs in the middle of the bay which can produce the goods on the right day. I’ve fished these on a low tide in only 15-20ft of water and pulled out a number of large cod.

In summer, Longsands is my go to spot for mackerel. Once reports come in that mackerel have arrived I try to get out at Longsands to bag up on them for my lobster pots and for winter bait (plus a few for the BBQ!). They come in very close to the shore once the bait fish are around, particularly as the sun starts to set. I have also targeted mackerel on my Stand Up Paddle Board with an LRF rod…brilliant fun!

Access at Tynemouth is straight forward. There are slips at the North and South end of the bay. You can park on these if you get there early enough although you need to pay for it. In fact, all spots in Tynemouth require a parking ticket which is a downside. In addition, it can get very busy during the peak of summer. On occasion I’ve had trouble weaving my kayak in and out of the sun bathers. Early morning or late afternoon / evening solves this problem. Another thing to be slightly wary of is other people out in the water. It gets busy with swimmers and surfers. The beach picks up plenty of surf making so this is a spot to choose on a very small to flat swell forecast.

Launching from the North Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

Launching from the North Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

Kayak Fishing Launch Spot - South Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

Kayak Fishing Launch Spot – South Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

From Tynemouth you have a wide range of spots to try out

From Tynemouth you have a wide range of spots to try out

Fish I have caught in this area:

Grey Gurnard

Grey Gurnard

Mackerel

Mackerel

Cod

Cod

Plaice

Plaice

Dab

Dab

Whiting

Whiting

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Kayak Fishing North East – 7 species, a great morning

I managed a mornings session yesterday (24/7/15) before the weather turned. Forecast was for very light winds and with little swell for a few days clarity was also going to be good. The clarity part was right and for the most part the wind was light although it kicked up quite a bit towards the end. The wind always seems to make an appearance these days.

I couldn’t resist a couple of pictures of the light house before launch given how nice the conditions where.

My plan was to get some paddle fitness in and mix it up a little and go for different species. I’ve not tried this specifically before but I’ve been spurred on by the great pics of the Oxwich species comp. I initially planned to paddle the couple of miles or so straight up the coast to the sand bars at Seaton in search of flatties. I haven’t targeted these at all this year but really enjoy eating them!

On approach to the light house I could hear the barking and roaring of the seals. The island is teeming with them at the moment including a lot of pups. I know some find them a pest but I personally love seeing them (as long as they do not get too close!). It must be a sign of good fish stocks but it cannot help fishing when they are only a few feet away!

This area screams Pollock and temptation of starting fishing before the flatty ground got the better of me. A quick cast out into a favourite spot of mine and bam, straight in! Not a Pollock though but a nice Ballan Wrasse which fell to a 12g Black Fiiish Minnow.

1 species down. I had a couple more casts but then managed to get back to the plan and continued to paddle to Seaton Sluice (but trolling a lure in case a hungry Pollock was about).

On arrival to Seaton Sluice it took me a little while to find a nice sand bar and then I set about drifting spoon rigs. One had black lug tipped with squid, the other a white XL Isome Worm. I was keen to see how they compared. The flatties were very obliging. Nothing big enough for tea but half a dozen caught (mostly dabs with the 2 plaice) before thoughts of rough ground started. 2 fell to Isome worms. 4 to black lug. I also caught a couple of mackerel which took it to 4 species.

I then paddled to some ground near Hollywell Bay that grabbed my attention on the paddle across to Seaton Sluice. First drop with an inline 4” slug go and bang! A good cod of about 4lb came to the surface after a good fight on light gear. This action continued for about half an hour with a cod a drop. Some were pretty small but good fish were amongst them. I also tried the HTO Artic Eel for the first time in rhubarb and custard. This is a weedless lure similar to the Fiiish Black Minnow but slightly cheaper and has a built in rattle. In addition, it is longer and thinner with the hook running further along the body. They worked very well for me for cod and pollock and I look forward to using them again (see vid).

Some cod shots. Lures finding a good stamp:


On the drift back towards the light house I had a couple of surprise hits. Two pouting / scotch haddock fell to my lures. I have caught these around yellow can off Whitley Bay before but not in this area. They were also PB’s for me. One had thick brown bands running down its body. The other was solid brown with no bandings. Are these the same species or can I add another one to my list? Any info appreciated.

Pouting with bands:

Dark / brown Pouting (double hook up with a good cod!):

With 6 species under my belt I wanted a Pollock. These had been a little thin on the ground over the last few sessions with only 1 or 2 being caught after quite a bit of effort so I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out. Fortunately, luck was with me today. I switched to a more natural HTO Artic eel colour (the “Grippan”) and paddled to some thick kelp beds that I have had luck in before. I didn’t have to wait long before I was in with a good size Pollock. I love these fish and cannot get enough of the fight they give.

Pollock action shot:

A good start to the Pollock fishing:

There were a lot. On almost every drop or cast and retrieve you could see one following the lure on the fish finder.

A lot of big smiles and grins from ear to ear followed as 3 more came to the yak but none bigger than the first.


7 species done and it was time to head home. That fix will keep me going for a while. What a great hobby of ours Kayak Fishing is.

A video for those with a spare 5 minutes:

Cheers,
James

Kayak Fishing for Flatties – 22/08/13

Myself, Dave and Brian had a nice little session this morning at the North end of Cambois. Light winds made for pleasant conditions and the sun finally turned up at the end. We all hunted for a few flatties and mission was well and truly accomplished. Brian got a really nice plaice (see the one at the top of the pic with all lined up in the sand) and lost one that was probably bigger ???.  I took a while to get the fish biting but once we got a few nibbles, it became contagious. We were getting bites very regularly between the 3 of us. 

We then went out to rough ground in the search of something different. A few codling and a mackerel but nothing to take home. This was followed by a creep around a very kelpy reef in the hope of some nice pollock but they were a bit shy today.

The water clarity was amazing. I could see my flatty rigs 15-20ft down and when retrieving a plaice I could see another one following it all the way up to the surface. Whilst it is only flatties, it is my biggest number of keepers to date and also my highest number of species in one trip (sandeels on sabikis, a nasty weaver, mackerel, plaice and dab) so I’m really chuffed. Onwards and upwards.

A few pics:


The weaver. It took me a while to get this one unhooked without touching it. I was paranoid I was going to get spiked O_o


A nice Plaice for tea.


The mornings catch. 🙂

Cheers,

James

Kayak Fishing Blyth – Early doors before the wind got up

I managed a cheeky session at Blyth this morning. We have been trying to get our 11 month old son Noah off the expensive pureed foods ‘Elas’ with very little joy until a couple of days ago when he ate a lightly battered fillet of plaice. He loved it 🙂 The only problem was I didn’t have any more left in the freezer so my mission was to catch some more flatties.

I paddled out around 6am this morning and there was hardly any wind. At first I did a bit of exploring and found the inshore wreck in the middle of the bay. For those that fish the area, does it hold many fish? It seems really close in that I thought it might struggle to be productive. Nothing showed on the fish finder. I did a couple of drifts past it but the wind was getting up by now so I headed a further 50 yards out and anchored up with rag and lug in search of the flatties.

I had nothing in the first hour. Not even a bite. I thought this was going the way of many of my sessions (i.e. not very productive) however, about an hour before high tide it all got a bit hectic with both rods shaking away a few times. I didn’t know which one to go for first!

In summary – 6 keepers
7 dabs
2 plaice
2 cod (just under size. I wasn’t expecting these in a sandy bottom area, maybe they came off the small wreck?)
1 good size mackerel (I’ve never had one of these from lugworm before, is there anything they don’t eat?)

Anyway, within a couple of hours the wind was really starting to pick up so I up-anchored and paddled back in to shore. That should keep Noah happy for a little while.

Cheers,

James

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