Sea Fishing: Conway in top Gear to win Salthouse contest

by Ian Holmes
Thursday, February 7, 2013
10:46 AM

The northerly air flow over last weekend put some colour and life into the sea around our coast generally and particularly from Yarmouth northwards.

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In Holt SAC’s club match at Salthouse competitors landed over 90 dabs and 60 whiting between them.

Rite Gear star Dean Conway took the top honours with 24 fish for 6lb 10oz.

Tony Thomas was a half-pound further back with 6lb 2oz and Paul Thorburn third with 5lb 5oz.

Some of the whiting were good-sized with fish to 36cm and a 34cm flounder for Pete Loke. I fished Trimingham myself on Sunday morning in a superb sea.

The wind had dropped leaving a lovely, rolling sea with plenty of colour. Unfortunately the fish didn’t respond to the conditions and all I had to show for my efforts were undersized codling and whiting, only two of the whiting were sizeable.

Friends had similar catches along there, though it was good to be out in the fresh air.

There have been occasional codling from Gorleston to Hopton amongst the whiting and flats and a few more codling round at Corton and along North Beach, though this usually consistent venue has not shown the form of previous years.

When the boats have been able to get out they are only returning a few codling that appear to be tightly shoaled off Corton.

The further south you go your chances improve of a codling and Aldeburgh and Orford have probably been the most reliable beaches this season.

I’m surprised there haven’t been more immature fish this year. Our friends in Essex have seen lots of small codling off some of the Essex beaches and in the estuary though they don’t seem to come north of Clacton in any numbers.

There should be some good conditions again this coming weekend with more north in the forecast lifting the building tides. I still think it will be hard.

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