Marsden is a tiny coastal village situated between South Shields and Sunderland.
Various rock platforms and ledges provide great vantage points to fish from either at high tide or low.


Predominantly a winter cod venue where double figure fish are taken every year. Along with the cod you can expect bass, coalfish and flounders. Usually from September through to February are best but summer fishing can be just as good. Cod, wrasse, coalfish, mackerel and the odd pollack make up the bulk of catches from May through to August.


The best baits will be worm and peeler crab cocktails although mussel is
a much underrated bait. Frozen peelers can often be deadly.
Be very careful during a blow as swells can swamp a lot of the marks. A dying sea after a storm can push the fish into the gullies.
When targeting cod be sure to use beefy tackle and strong line and leader to bully the fish home.
In the summer you can adopt light tackle and even float gear for the wrasse and mackerel.


Fraser’s, 69 Coatsworth Road, Gateshead, tel: 0191 4775950.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 8am – noon.
Bait: Lug, rag and frozen bait.

ID Fishing, 137 Breinkburn Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, tel: 0191 2763041 or 0191 2656945.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 6pm, Saturday 8am – 6pm, Sunday 8am – noon.
Bait: Lug, rag, frozen bait.

North East Tackle Supplies, Ryhope Road, Sunderland, tel: 0191 5103573.
Opening times: Monday, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 6pm.
Bait: Lug, rag and crabs plus frozen bait.

Fishing Republic, Woodbine Street, Hendon, tel: 0191 5679770.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Bait: Lug and rag, yellowtail lug and peeler crabs when available, plus frozen baits.

Rutherford’s Angling Ltd, 125 Roker Avenue, Sunderland, tel: 0191 5654183.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm, (closed Wednesday), Sunday 9am – 1pm.
Bait: Lug, rag plus frozen bait.

The Trading Post, 40 Hylton Road, Sunderland, tel: 0191 5654626.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 5pm, Sunday 8.30am – noon.
Bait: Lug, rag and crab, plus frozen bait.

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Directions : From the A19 north or south, head east towards the coast through either South Shields or Sunderland. Take the A183 coast road and head for Marsden. Parking is on the main road and the fishing marks are a short walk across the grass.