Moon fails to live up to its reputation

SEA FISHING: The 'supermoon' and evening tides didn't quite produce the bonanza we might have hoped for, but there were a few fish about the region's beaches and some crackers for the dinghy anglers.

Richard Greeves caught a super cod, a little over 20lb, off Orford and went out with a friend who repeated the form with a pair of 13lb and 20lb. They don't seem inclined to venture inshore, but one or two might when the crabs start to moult.

In the deep south, the first Help for Heroes match took place at Felixstowe. This proved a tough match for the 50 competitors with Paul Thorburn claiming top spot with three fish for 1lb 5oz. Second place went to Paul Hart with a third of an ounce more than Shaun Criggs' 14oz in third.

Twenty competitors, including some top class East Anglian anglers, didn't manage a sizeable fish.

It wasn't much better during a 'Lads v Dads' match at Pakefield. Cain Plumb fluked a win with a nice codling of 3lb 8oz, scoring 49cm, but it wasn't enough to help the Lads to a win as the Dads made it five in a row at this annual knock-up.

Second place went to Joy Speak with a flounder and a dab for 48cm with Brian Heritage in third with 46cm. It was interesting to note the number of undersized fish caught, with five anglers taking over 40 codling between them in the 30-34cm bracket; a positive sign for next year.

There were a few better fish amongst the old sea wall and defences of Lowestoft north beach, though most codling caught have been those around 30cm. It's a similar story around Yarmouth with a few more school bass reported in the river.

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Above Yarmouth the beaches have been relatively quiet over the weekend with little beach left at high water. I walked the dogs down at Happisburgh to watch the moon rise and it's been a while since I saw that much water on the beach, though I noted Cart Gap was building up nicely after a winter with little sand on the beach.

A few fish have shown at Bacton, Mundesley and Trimingham, again mostly undersized codling and pin whiting, but a few better school bass with them. Low water tactics at Trimingham paid dividends for one lucky rod snaring a couple of better codling around the 3lb mark.

It's been quiet on the shingle with no matches; anglers have managed to winkle out a few codling from the rough ground under the cliffs at Weybourne though flatfish and pin whiting are the reliable catches.

Interesting to see lots of spider crabs appearing in catch reports – not unknown in the area, but they seem to be about in numbers for some reason this year. Whether it's the mild spell we're having or recent large tides bringing them in I don't know, but it might be a bonus.