Mackerel in numbers on north coast

The north Norfolk shingle beaches from Cley to Sheringham have continued to produce plenty of mackerel with sultry weather and offshore winds giving perfect conditions.

The north Norfolk shingle beaches from Cley to Sheringham have continued to produce plenty of mackerel with sultry weather and offshore winds giving perfect conditions. Water clarity has also been good and some decent sport has come to those using lures for bass.

The shingle beaches have been very popular, with over 50 anglers trying their luck on the evening flood tides although some tides have been significantly better than others. Mackerel have also been coming from Cromer pier and with them some excellent bass. Biggest reported last week was 11lb, but there were also several in the 5 - 10lb range.

During last week's run of smoothound I had four to 8lb at Trimingham in a short afternoon session in perfect weather, all taken on frozen peeler crab. Conditions remained favourable, but there wasn't many others reported. A bit more weed over the weekend also made conditions harder.

The Yarmouth and Gorleston area has been very quiet with a few school bass and eels in the harbour, but at Lowestoft's north beach one angler took four sizeable codling, giving hope that the coming winter will be a stormer. Sole are still difficult to locate, but the north beach and south pier are producing a few for those prepared to fish after dark. Some are also coming from Southwold with the pier and adjacent beaches producing fish around a pound to lug and ragworm baits.


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