Codling size and quantity improve the further south you travel in Norfolk

A fishing boat returning to port at Great Yarmouth after a day out on the North Sea. Photo: Chris Ra

A fishing boat returning to port at Great Yarmouth after a day out on the North Sea. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: Archant

A very Happy New Year to all as 2015 gets off to a flier.

Codling have shown on most of the region's beaches – the further south you go the size and quantity improve though it's hard to see the beast caught by Dean Rogers at Aldeburgh. He managed a lump of bang on 20lb whilst fishing the dirty wall, unfortunately the pictures don't do the fish justice, but it's certainly the biggest cod I've seen reported for a good while.

There have been several fish at Orford too up to around four or 5lb though fish between two and 3lb are more common. Rob Allan and Matt Lawes shared a good haul of those 2-3 pounders at Kessingland, and there have been similar catches reported at Corton, Hopton and Gorleston.

Above Yarmouth and the quantity reduces but the quality stays with fish to 3lb reported from Bacton, Mundesley, and Trimingham. With decent tides and some strong southerly winds I would hope that the Suffolk beaches keep producing a few nice ones.

The north Norfolk shingle is probably more famous for the number of flats and whiting much beloved of the match anglers, but even here there have been codling caught, especially amongst the rough ground patches at Sheringham and Weybourne.

Holt SAC fished Cley last Sunday. Tony Thomas took the honours with 3lb 7oz, Peter Loke second with 2lb 4oz, and John Carter third with 2lb 2oz, there were a couple of sizeable codling caught, the best Keith Morley (39cm). Cromer's Sabre Tackle fished their final sea league match at Sheringham, and here it was the codling that made for a very close finish. In top spot was David Lake with 4lb 14oz and scooping the Leeda Icon boat rod prize for a nice codling at 52cm. A third of an ounce back in second was Christian Bulch with a 51cm codling, and Shane Scarff was third with 4lb 6oz. It's been a very competitive series this one, and it's great to see Leeda backing local competition.

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