Eastern promise brings codling

A week of easterly winds have put movement and colour into the sea. The good news has been the reappearance of some bigger codling with several fish in the 2-3.5lb range reported all around the coast.

A week of easterly winds have put movement and colour into the sea. The good news has been the reappearance of some bigger codling with several fish in the 2-3.5lb range reported all around the coast. Numbers haven't been huge, but certainly better than the past several weeks.

In Suffolk, Orford has picked up with codling around 3lb and the Lowestoft Sea Anglers match held there on Saturday was won with a 10lb bag. Further north, there were signs of spring at Dunwich in the Suffolk County match with several bass around 2lb weighed in. There are still a few sole being caught with T Smith getting a couple at Southwold amongst a mixed bag including codling, whiting and flounders.

At Pakefield last week, a match on Tuesday evening was won with an 8lb-plus bag and another Sunday produced several good codling to 3lb along with some sizeable whiting. The best individual fish reported in this area came from Kessingland to C Dinsdale who took a really nice 6.5lb cod.

Tramps Alley at Corton has also been good for codling and still some big whiting. Boat anglers just offshore report they are struggling to get codling as there are so many whiting around - expected in October but not April! Hopton also fished well with K Garrod taking several codling to 4lb.

Further north a few codling have come from Trimingham and Overstrand although last week weed made fishing all but impossible at times.

With the crab moult imminent, I expect to see fish in the 3-6lb range taken in the next few weeks.