It’s back to normal after brief upturn

SEA FISHING: The upturn reported last week lingered for a while before returning to the whiting and flatfish that we've seen in previous weeks.

There were plenty of codling on the beaches though these seemed to come in a two-day spell towards the back end of last week.

Norwich ace Paul Kerry fished a daylight session at Hopton catching the ebbing tide and snared a codling a little over 2lb on his very last cast.

The day before had seen several fish from Pakefield to Gorleston with a fair sprinkling of fish in the 4 to 5lb bracket. The wrecks at Gorleston and Lowestoft North beach produced their fair share, these spots are still producing odd fish and may well improve further with some southerly winds and the building tides of this week.

The North Norfolk shingle produced the obligatory whiting and flats from Cley to Weybourne, Matt Lawes and Neil Oliver enjoying a tidy little dab and whiting session at Cley.

Sport is marginally slower at Cromer and the surrounding beaches down to Yarmouth, but if we are to have a spring run they should see a few fish too. A bit of wind in the north quarter with a decent-sized tide would help.

Not so many fish reported from the river at Yarmouth this week but Gorleston and Hopton made up for it. Some good conditioned plump codling showing at the wreck and at Hopton, they seem to have been feeding on shrimp which have probably been encouraged inshore by the unseasonably warm weather. With no frosts expected this week that form may well last.

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Corton and Lowestoft North Beach have probably been as consistent as anywhere else and have produced the slightly better stamp of fish reported to me.

Night tides seem favourite though patience is the key along with having plenty of leads and rigs ready as some of the spots along here are tackle hungry.

Lowestoft South Pier, Pakefield and Kessingland have been a little slower but have still produced occasional fish among the codlets, pin whiting and flats.

Aldeburgh and Orford have produced lots of codlets with the odd flatfish but strangely not the numbers of better fish like Lowestoft and Yarmouth.

The wind forecast for the week ahead has the wind in the south and east quarter which could be helpful from Yarmouth down to Orford. It is unlikely to do the beaches of the north too many favours, but there should still be a few flatfish and whiting feeding.

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