Sea Fishing: Beaches fail to produce as temperatures rise

The weather has played a huge part in the fishing fortunes this week – despite temperatures lifting and the snow and ice finally clearing, little improvement was seen on our beaches.

The fourth leg of Holt SAC's winter accumulator was held at Cley at the weekend. Pete Morse led the field with 2lb 7oz, Andy Turk came second with 1lb 14oz and John Neave third with 1lb 10oz. Dabs were the mainstay again with an occasional flounder and whiting carded too.

East Norfolk beaches have been tough, too, with only dabs and a few whiting in catch reports; a milder settled spell would help on these shallow beaches.

Yarmouth has seen similar fish caught, although they seem to be in better numbers. There have been occasional codling at Gorleston and Hopton. The rough ground along Lowestoft north beach has produced occasional codling and there have been a few in reports from Kessingland and Dunwich. Best chances still seem to be in the deep south, with Southwold pier, Aldeburgh and Orford all giving chances of a codling.

Temperatures stay on the right side of freezing this week and there's some stiff winds that will likely affect most of the region's beaches at one time or another this week. Watch out for a hefty northerly due over the weekend – it might just spark a bit of life into the beaches above Yarmouth.

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