The fishing has been poor of late from almost everywhere. One exception since Christmas appears to be Robin Hoods Bay. Although the fishing isnt anything special it has been throwing fish and some into double figures as recently described by Growler Rich. High water fishing at Robin Hoods Bay has never been my cup of tea. Largely due to the amount of loose weed in the water I do tend to avoid the area. That said I've put a lot of time in down there over the years and I have a few pointers that may help some of you who want to try the venue. The best sea conditions are a moderate south east, a moderate north east, or a very big north west. The first 2 being the best conditions to fish this area. Before the new sea wall was built, the area known as "Gunney Hole" was famous for big double figure cod both landed and lost. Many big fish came from this venue over the years with stories of frequent cod to 20 pounds being told most winters. Anyone unfamiliar with the mark will find Gunney hole at the north end of the sea wall, immediately at the top of the steps you go down the grass bank and fish off the top of the new sea defence. Im pretty sure that big cod still swim here, but its now very difficult to land them due to the rock armour underneath. But as shown recently its not impossible. By far the best time to fish here are the 3.5 hours after high tide. The fishing can improve as the tide ebbs away and often the bites come thick and fast when the water has all but gone. Missed bites often result in the lead flying out of the water. The big fish are invariably caught at very very close range here. However, it must be noted this venue is hard to fish with the rock armour and loose weed being your worst enemy. The sea wall fishes under exactly the same conditions. For some reason most hardened rock anglers stay off the sea wall. However it is a good venue and should not be overlooked. The new slipway has replaced the area once known as $hitty cliffs. Fishing at the bottom of the slipway means you wont have trouble landing fish, but for some reason you always seem to get more bites when you fish from the cliff above. Also its preferable to fish higher up the slipway as this enables your line to stay out of the waters edge where most of the loose weed builds up. Again best time is the ebb tide and the later in the ebb can be really good. Another tip is to use a grip lead and wind the line tight (Goes against normal adive of fishing a slack line). Fishing this way means your line stays out of the waters edge where the majority of the loose weed builds up. From about 3 hours in the ebb its time to start thinking of hitting the scars where River hole is your first shot, followed by Landing Scar, Dungeon Hole, Boggle and sewer hole are just a few marks worth thinking about.