It’s finally less grim up north

At last the north Norfolk shingle beaches have sprung to life with good reports of dabs and whiting over the past week at Weybourne, Salthouse and Cley.

At last the north Norfolk shingle beaches have sprung to life with good reports of dabs and whiting over the past week at Weybourne, Salthouse and Cley.

Two anglers shared a catch of more than 45 dabs and whiting and although these are not always sizeable fish they keep the rod tip moving all session.

Good quality whiting are moving in and, after dark, catches have seen fish over the pound. Further down the coast the fishing is generally patchy with codling, whiting, flatfish and a few bass. Cromer pier produced a nice 4lb codling and there were a few codling at Mundesley on Saturday.

Caister and Yarmouth north beaches have still been suffering the after effects of the tide surge with weed often limiting the distance that anglers can affectively fish.

Gorleston, Hopton and Corton have also suffered with weed but it does seem to clear these beaches quicker and catches of codling have been fair with three to five on average.

Neap tides and calm seas haven't helped results but a good southerly blow on Sunday certainly put some life into the beaches south of Lowestoft for those able to cope with conditions. One angler had seven codling at Pakefield and there were several reported from Southwold pier. Another good report came from Aldeburgh with one angler taking a 7lb+ cod with four smaller codling around 2lb and a 3.5lb bass.