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
Kayak Fishing Launch Spot – South Slip at Tynemouth Longsands
From Tynemouth you have a wide range of spots to try out
Fish I have caught in this area:
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Nathan and I had a go at night fishing at Tynemouth on Tuesday. We bought the lights and other bits a while back with a plan to head out early morning or late evening in the summer. However, we have really struggled to get out up this way for a long time due to wind and swell so saw a light wind and small swell forecast on Tuesday night and just went for it. We got to Tynemouth for 7:30pm. Pics are quite poor quality. I need to work out how to take effective night shots as I’m pretty sure I had it on the wrong settings.
Setting up ready for launch (a little apprehensive at this point):
We headed out to a mark that was good to me a couple of months ago. It isn’t far which was a good call for our first night outing. There was a little more swell than I was expecting but nothing to cause any problem. The only thing was you couldn’t see the lines until they were underneath you. That took a bit of getting use to.
We were fishing with blacks and squid. I ground baited a bit and soon had the first bite.
First rattle of the rod tip led to this little coal fish. That was the blank prevented.
We then had a long gap between bites so a bit more ground baiting.
A few more little rattles missed and then a nice familiar clonk. A small cod came up:
By this point we had been out for a couple of hours. The fishing was very slow and the temperature had dropped considerably. The sky was clear but did make for excellent star gazing. The frequent blast of light from the Tynemouth lighthouse glittering across the water was also pretty cool.
By 10pm we decided it was time to head in. The fishing was poor but the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and something I will definitely do again. It has been the only way I’ve been able to get out over the last 6 weeks so needs must and I feel like I’ve had my fix to get me through.
Posing after landing:
Nathan looked pretty cold by this point:
Hopefully I’ll be reporting bigger and better catches soon.
I managed to get out for a couple of hours this morning at Tynemouth. I just anchored up over rough ground close in at the North end and had cod a plenty. Approx a dozen overall. Most were small but a couple of better fish were found towards the end.
I’ve gone for a video for a change. This is my first attempt using footage from my Garmin Virb and Olympus Tough. This was also the first time I’d had a go at mounting the garmin behind me (less selfies!). I need to keep working at it so hopefully they will get a bit more interesting over time…..