The Chemical Beach fishing mark at Seaham is situated between the southern end of the Green Wall and Nose's Point.
The actual name Chemical Beach originates from the chemical and bottle works that were situated near the beach. In recent years the whole area has undergone a dramatic transformation as part of the clean up of County Durham's beaches.
This beach is popular with match anglers and capable of producing excellent bags of codling and whiting during the colder months of year.
Cod, coalfish and whiting are the main species taken during the winter. In the summer, flounders, eels and dabs show in good numbers with bass and dogfish taken occasionally.
BAIT AND TACKLE
Runnidown lugworms are best for bait, followed closely by fresh peeler crabs and snake white ragworms. When these baits aren't available ragworms, blow lug and mackerel strip are worth trying. Use a good casting rod, such as a Cono-flex Armageddon, coupled with an Abu 6500 type multiplier reel, 25lb mainline, 50lb shockleader, a two-hook trace and a 5oz breakout lead weight. A size 1/0 hook will cope with most fish, unless the big cod are showing when it pays to upgrade to a size 3/0.
Take the A19 south from Sunderland past Seaham, then turn left at Cold Hesledon onto the A182 and head east for the coast. Just after the third roundabout it is possible to drive over a rough track and park near Nose's Point. The Chemical Beach is a short walk down the cliffs paths.
Directions : Take the A19 south from Sunderland past Seaham. At Cold Hesledon, turn left onto the A182 and head east for the coast. Just after the third roundabout, drive over a rough track and park near Nose's Point. Short walk down cliff path
Season : Winter for cod, coalfish and whiting, summer for flounder, eels and dabs