Defying the elements produces little reward

SEA FISHING: As expected the weather has kept a lot of rods off the region's beaches. Those that have ventured out in the Arctic conditions haven't been rewarded for their enterprise.

In the deep south of the patch there are a few dabs with the pin whiting at Sizewell and Dunwich. Orford and Aldeburgh have been quiet – all I've heard reported have been whiting and not too many of those have been sizeable.

An intrepid group fished a match on Lowestoft's South Pier over the weekend, just over 8oz claiming top spot for Andy Cran, with Mel Nicholl second and Taome Wells third – hard going by anyone's reckoning.

It's no better around Yarmouth either, whiting and occasional flats making up the catches here. It's starting to look bleak for the main part of this season now.

I was convinced with the numbers of large fish caught last year that some lucky rod would snare a beach caught 20lb plus cod. The only one I've heard of came from Orford a while ago, but there's still a little time left.

Flats and whiting have been the mainstay on east Norfolk's beaches. Odd small codling have shown at Trimingham though you have to put in a lot of time for not a lot of fish.

The shingle in north Norfolk has produced as many blanks as it has catch reports. I think since the rough weather started a couple of weeks back it hasn't quite regained the consistency it had at the start of the month.

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Looking ahead to the holiday period, we are at least getting some respite from the low temperatures we've seen recently. The weather is due to warm significantly into the weekend and with the wind going northerly on Thursday, the early part of the weekend might see a few feeding from Cromer to Yarmouth and at least it shouldn't be as cold.

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