Rough up may clear coastal weed

Not only was the bank holiday weekend a washout for the tourist industry the same was true for sea fishing. Strong north winds and driving rain are more familiar in January and the sea along the north Norfolk coast was a raging froth.

Not only was the bank holiday weekend a washout for the tourist industry the same was true for sea fishing. Strong north winds and driving rain are more familiar in January and the sea along the north Norfolk coast was a raging froth. From Gorleston south it was just about fishable, but the continuous rain was enough to see the beaches deserted.

Prior to the bad weather fishing had been affected by the algae like 'May weed' so hopefully this rough up will clear it. A few bass to 3lb were taken from Overstrand and West Runton where areas of rocks tend to hold a few fish most of the time. Plenty of school bass are showing again this spring which is good to see as last year there were less than normal, but until something is done about inshore netting the chances of many reaching maturity remain slim.

Some sole are coming from the north beach at Lowestoft and some really big eels from the harbour at Lowestoft. With the recent building work there, access is better compared to the old port where it was virtually out of bounds upstream of the harbour bridge. Lots of bass and codling were reported from the harbour at Southwold by holiday anglers, probably one of the few fishable places, but almost all are still under size.

Hopefully the weather will improve this coming week and if the weed clears the bass and Smoothound should move in to feed. Crab, lug, rag and squid are all good for the bass, but it's really crab only for the best smoothounds.


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