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Colding show up in northern stretches

PUBLISHED: 23:41 16 March 2011

SEA FISHING: It's been quite busy on the region's beaches this last week, with a few matches and the more clement weather encouraging a few rods out.

In the north of the patch, the shingle has again produced a few more codling, particularly on the rough ground under the cliffs at Weybourne.

These have been mostly small fish up to 2½lbs, a welcome catch nonetheless and a pleasant change from the usual whiting and flats.

Pin whiting aside, the better whiting seem to have moved off now and only odd ones have been reported this week.

Bass will soon be the main quarry and the next couple of springs should see some better ones show.

The beaches from Cromer down have produced odd codling, with local favourite marks at Trimingham and Mundesley producing occasional codling with flounders and pin whiting.

Holt SAC fished their final winter accumulator match at Bacton last weekend.

Former Scottish international Jock Goudie took the honours with a codling and a dab for 2lb 7oz.

A close match saw Paul Fenech finish second with a catch of flats for 2lb with Tony Thomas in third spot with 1lb 3oz.

Team honours on the day went to North Norfolk Lads with Holt Blues second and Holt Reds third.

The final team league positions after six rounds saw Holt Blues crowned champions with a respectable 45 points. North Norfolk lads finished in second with 56 points and the Lincolnshire raiders, Skeggy Boys, third with 80 points.

The south of the region has seen more of those undersize codling showing at Orford, Aldeburgh and Southwold.

School bass have shown at Dunwich, Walberswick and Kessingland – hopefully a few more will turn up over the next week or two.

Lowestoft has seen a few undersized codling though there are some better fish not too far off the beaches with boats landing some nice spring fish only a few hundred yards off.

It’s a similar story Yarmouth way with only occasional better fish amongst the bits. Again the next couple of weeks should be interesting, with chances of codling and bass in and around the river.

With light, variable winds and high pressure looking to dominate the weather this week, the building tides into the weekend might prove tough going, although there has to be even chances of a bass or a codling with high water from dusk into dark.

Only six Diss and District AC sea anglers attended the final beach match in the club’s 2010/11 season held at Kelling in North Norfolk, fished 10am to 3pm for a total weight of 7lb 7ozs.

Match result: 1 Jamie Wright 3-9-5, 2 David Appleby 1-13-5, 3 Owen Howes 0-12-5, 4 Dean Phillips 0-9-10, 5 Peter Bennett 0-6-5, 6 Nathan Wright 0-4-0.

Diss and District members should note that the beach match which was scheduled for March 26 has been cancelled.

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