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Fishing Marks South Gare To Sandsend

fishing marks south gare to sandsend including boulby runswick port mulgrave kettleness and staithes

Fishing At South Gare

Its very clear to see how the pier at the South Gare at the mouth of the Tees is rated as one of the top fishing venues on the north east coast. The end of the Gare has very deep water even at low tide and holds various species of fish including dab, flounder, whiting, codling,  billet, pout, eels and mackerel in season.

Mackerel fishing is at its best from June through October when flouders can also be successfully targeted. Winter storms bring in the cod and whiting and also a run of big flounder and dab from January to March. This part of the breakwater is controlled by the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority. To get to the south gare take the  A1042 from Coatham roundabout through Warrenby and over the disused railway crossing.

The best venues in the river are The Stones at Teesbay AA hut for flounder between June and October. Best fishing is over low water using peeler crabs which can be collected from the surrounding rocks – Do not use the peeler traps that are set around this area as that will likely land you in trouble. Through the winter it’s worth a go for cod during rough weather. Paddys hole where the boats moore is also a decent flounder fishing mark at times.

Decent venues on the sea side of the gare are along the beach from the FISHERMAN’S HUT TO SAND POINT BEACON – Large reefs protect this area from the worst of the winter storms, cod can often be taken here on peeler and lugworm through out the winter. Its also worth a try for a few flounders on peeler crabs at anytime of year. The best state of tide is from half ebb through low water to half flood. High tide can also produce good bags of billet and the occasional codling again to peeler crab.

Fishing Marks At Redcar

Heading south the next decent fishing marks are at COATHAM AND REDCAR. Summer seas most species coming from this area, and winter can produce codling and whiting sometimes in big numbers.

The groynes to Zetland roundabout, Jenny Leigh?s Scar, East Scar and the beach along to Ayton Stones are decent low water fishing venues especially when there is a big sea running. Again underwater reefs protect the inner scars from the roughest of the weather . When the flood tide gets away you need to move to the lagoon between Ayton Stones and Coatham Pipe. The low water Coatham Hole is protected by West Scar and as such is worth trying during rough weather.

The best Yorkshire fishing marks start at the 300ft high Huntcliff.  Marske is not renowned as a fishing venue  but low water gulleys at the  boat park sometimes produce winter cod, whiting and bass. The hole in front of the old St. Germain’s Church which fills from half time up is another possible venue.

Saltburn – The Start Of Yorkshires Premier Cod Fishing Marks.

huntcliff at saltburn

At Saltburn the pier can be an excellent fishing mark with big bags of whiting been on the cards on flat calm frosty nights, and even bigger bags of cod been on offer after a big northerly swell – best time of year being Feb and March. At low water the rocks and th sandy beach also offer good fishing.

saltburn pier whiting fishing

Sea damage and council spending cutbacks has reduced the pier to half its former length , but it still produces some top fishing over high water in both summer and winter. Crab and fish baits give  best results in the summer : worm, crab, fish  and mussel baits  in winter can give cod, whiting and the occasional bass.

Penny Hole after the ship inn and across the beach is an excellent rock mark for winter cod, this area fishes best with a decent sea running through the hours of darkness. A long walk around the corner under HUNTCLIFF leads to 2 gulleys which are useful winter cod venues, but take care not to get cut off by the flood tide – and always be aware of rock falls and walk as far away from the cliffs as the tide will allow. BIRDFLIGHT GOIT is the first gulley, SEAL GOIT is the second you will reach. Both can fish well in summer, autumn and winter for red and fresh run cod.  Peeler crab is the top summer bait and a big ball of mussel can do the job in winter.

Skinnigrove : A Top North East Fishing Mark – Home Of The Big Winter Cod

skinningrove jetty sea fishing mark

SKINNINGROVE is the next worthwhile fishing venue as we continue down the coast. Turn off  the A174  road at Loftus Bank and head into Skinnigrove village. Skinnigrove jetty is probably the best mark here and produces mackerel through the summer and cod, whiting and bass in the autumn and winter months.

Fishing Marks At Hummersea

The left hand side of the jetty leads to CATTERSTY SAND, fishing where the beach meets the rocks under the cliff is an excellent venue for winter cod. Eastwards lie the flat rock scars of Hummersby Bay and the Hummersea Old Harbour – a man made cut – which are worthwhile low water marks – even though they involve a long walk.

Cod Fishing At Staithes – A Better Fishing Venue You Will Struggle To Find

cow bar nab

Around the next nab is STAITHES, a beautiful Yorkshire fishing village which literally falls into the sea. The cliffs above on the Cowbar side provide great winter sport for cod, whilst the new Cowbar and Staithes Jetties below are renowned for catching big double figure cod after  a winter northerly. However you need to be very carefull here as big seas often was straight over the jetty.

Boulby Gulley and Bolier Hole

boulby boiler hole cod fishing

To the West of Staithes are the deep rocky kelp filled holes below Boulby cliff (a distance of two miles). Boulby Gulley and Boulby Boiler Hole offer a very good chance of big winter cod but go at your own risk as there are numerous cut off points and the incoming tide rturns at pace. If you decide to fish then LEAVE EARLY.

The beck mouth at Staithes and Cowbar jetty gives fair sport on light to medium tackle for big eels, billet flounder and codling. Again  Crab and lugworms are usually the best fishing baits on this stretch of coast.  Just to the left of Cowbar Jetty is Cowbar gully  a great low water mark year-round for cod with the rock and kelp bottom best fished in a slight sea.

Some excellent gulleys and holes can be found as you head south east towards Port Mulgrave. The ledges of scar facing West into the harbour channel are best tackled on a low water spring tide when it becomes possible to cast over the kelp onto clear ground in deep water.

Port Mulgarve – Many Peoples Favourite Venue

PORT MULGRAVE is host to the next set of worthwhile fishing marks. The old harbour at the base of the cliffs is all but ruined now, but this is one of Yorkshires very best cod marks. Access is via the lane signposted Port Mulgrave from the A174. The path down is steep dangerous and a no go area for all but the super fit (or super mad) but the walk is well worth it with the winter cod fishing being betterd hardly anywhere in the country. Best tidal period is from half flood to half ebb from the inner jetty wall but as with all this coast there are also plenty of low water rock edges and gullies. Again the favoured baits for Port Mulgrave are lugworm and peeler crab

Fishing At Runswick Bay – Great In The Worst Of The Weather

RUNSWICK BAY is all but a couple of miles further south  which, like Port  Mulgrave, is sheltered from North Westerly gales giving great fishing in the very worst of the winter weather in Yorkshire. Peeler crab reign supreme in summer and autumn but during winter black lug tipped with white rag worm is deadly.

Runswick bay in front of the village to hob holes passed the Yacht Club is mainly sand with stone patches, but a little further out are large kelp beds which mean the Yorkshire coast cod are never far away. This area fishes best from half tide up during darkness. When heavy seas are running try the lifeboat slip-way and sea wall over high water. In fact the lifeboat channel between the rocks is also an excellent venue at most states of tide and has been known to give big winter cod over the years.

Kettleness – Cod Fishing At Its Best

The ground in between  RUNSWICK AND SANDSEND NESS is strewn with rocky scars and kelp filled gulleys which fishe best between September and March for cod. Kettleness gives Access to the many low water gullies but access is difficult, with a deadly cliff descent at KETTLENESS or a long walk from RUNSWICK.  Ropes   are used by local anglers to get down the cliffs – but this isn’t recommended to visitors.

All marks at Kettleness fish best three hours before bottom of the tide  and up to 3 hours of the flodding tide, again take care and don’t get cut off by the tide. Best baits are peeler crab, lug worm, mussel and hermit crab.

Sandsend Cliffs – Fishing Marks For Those With A Head For Heights

Fishing from the cliff tops is to be had from Sandsend Ness to Sandsend Village. The old railway line next to the car park at Lythe Bank provides access to Sandsend cliffs. The best time to fish Sandsend cliffs is from early autumn through to late November. Some bass to five pound are taken each year.

Less strenuous fishing can be enjoyed from the sea wall and car park at Sandsend with good cod catches been made after a North Westerly blow. During summer the mainstay is flounder, dab, mackerel and some bass.

Health and safety

Angling from the shore in the uk is very hazardous to say the least. Every year lives are lost whilst pursuing our fascination with angling in the sea. Anglers of all levels of ability need to be very very careful indeed. At this point I would like to offer a few words of advice to anglers.

Never attempt to fish a new area without the help and advice of someone experienced in fishing that area.

Always check the tide and ensure you will be safe to access and exit your chosen area. Watch out for cut off points. If unsure don’t go. Its not worth it.

Be aware of the weather forecast. Conditions can change fast.

Don’t access closed areas, eg piers whilst the storm gates are shut.

Carry some form of communication.

Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return. Ask them to raise the alarm should you not return.

Do not fish heavy seas. Its very dangerous and your wasting your time anyway, fish don’t like really rough seas. Leave it a day or 2 until the sea is dieing.

By | 2018-03-23T08:52:03+00:00 February 11th, 2010|Cod Fishing, Marks|3 Comments

About the Author:

Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. martin August 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    loved reading this im from redcar and
    would like to go spining were’s the best places
    and what kit

  2. David February 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Excellent article, very useful information. Had some great catches from the charter boats at Whitby, but thats just becoming an occasional treat. I’m wanting to do more shore fishing and learn some new skills, and this info is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  3. frank tommany October 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your much valued info,we recently moved to Middlesbrough from the Fylde area ( north west )and have been looking for somewhere to fish ,thanks again,will let you know if we catch and where,tight lines Frank..

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