East Norfolk beaches showing signs of variety

There's been a slight change in the reports this week with a bit of variety showing on the east Norfolk beaches.

We've had a few codling when it's been properly rough, but there are a few dogfish and school bass showing now also, particularly on the flat beaches after dark.

I fished in the week for a bit of casting practice really and managed a few sizeable whitings, it would be worth fishing with herring or sand ell for bait between Cromer and Sea Palling from now as there are a few dogfish getting inshore and there's always the slim chance of a ray.

The shingle ridge has produced plenty of dabs; Holt SAC's seventh leg of their winter league accumulator was won by Sheringham ace Tony Thomas with 27 dabs for a flat 4lb.

Second spot went to Paul Thorburn with 18 dabs for 3lb 1oz with Bill Beeton in third with 17 of them for 2lb 8oz; all the competitors had dabs just under the size limit also.

Yarmouth down to Lowestoft has seen localised codling with a few from the wreck at Gorleston and this season's consistent spot, Corton.

Boats just off Corton are still reporting good numbers of fish to 5lb and I'm convinced these fish will put a run on the beaches local to Corton and Hopton in the early spring. There have been a few amongst the snags at Lowestoft north beach too, though the south pier and Pakefield bay have been surprisingly quiet aside a few whiting, flats and undersized codling.

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It's a similar story from Kessingland round to Southwold. Terry Smith fished Dunwich with high hopes and low expectations, he wasn't too disappointed to catch pin whiting most casts with very few sizeable fish at all.

Aldeburgh and Orford have produced a few codling but nothing like the numbers up the coast around Lowestoft, there should be a few dogs and rays coming around Orford anytime, look out for the boat reports as they're usually the first to get them.

The forecast doesn't look too inspiring with double figure temperatures and nothing winds this week, but it's well worth a chuck on some of the pretty eastern beaches for a chance of an early bass and dogfish to fish baits.

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