Optimism as trip round coast pays dividends

SEA FISHING: There has been a definite shift in the region's fortunes - not of seismic proportions, but a sure and steady upturn which will hopefully continue to improve over the next week or two.

There has been a definite shift in the region's fortunes - not of seismic proportions, but a sure and steady upturn which will hopefully continue to improve over the next week or two.

The pick of the fishing has been in the Yarmouth to Lowestoft area, with Hopton yielding a few codling to 5lb to the kayakers and the occasional fish reported by shore anglers. Just as many blanks are still being reported, but there's a tangible increase in reports of better quality fish over the last week. The beaches south of Yarmouth and Lowestoft have been a little slower with still only undersize round fish and flatties reported, though school bass are showing a little more consistently.

Distance seems to be the key at the minute, with the fish a fair few yards out of casting range for most, the pier at Southwold yielding three cod between 3lb 2oz and 7lb 1oz to one lucky angler while the guys struggle for a few bits off the beach there on the same tide.

Boat anglers are reporting a few more; not huge numbers but a marked increase in catch returns for the boaters off Orford and Southwold. Up the coast to Lowestoft and a few spring fish have shown from the beaches at Benacre, Kessingland and Pakefield and I think with some decent conditions it could be good towards the weekend on the building tides.


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The match angling fraternity will note that Trev Elliot and Avenue Angling are organising a spring open at Dunwich on Sunday, April 4, fishing from 10am to 3pm. For details contact Avenue Angling.

The Yarmouth area has found a little bit of consistency with most anglers managing a few bits and a few lucky rods managing some reasonable codling.

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Hopefully the spring run will pick up a pace over the next few weeks and we'll get some variety in our fishing as the codling show with the first of the summer species.

The same can't be said for the east Norfolk beaches. Last weekend's teams of five at Bacton saw only five anglers break the 1lb barrier and a few blanks. Trev Elliot found a few school bass and flats for 2lb to top the 35-strong field. The shingle provides small flats and the occasional school bass and recent reports have mentioned one or two codling on the rougher beats.

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