Sea Fishing: Better bass are a few tides away

How things can change in a week. Last Wednesday we had 20 degrees and sunshine, this week and we've had a return to wintry showers and a biting east wind.

The weekend's northerly wind put a bit of a surf on the east Norfolk beaches and they responded by producing a few school bass, flats and dogs despite the small tides.

Mundesley and Trimingham were the pick of the east beaches with several reports of school bass, flounders, dogfish and whiting, the better bass will only be a few tides away now and will be in for a feed as soon as the crabs start to moult.

The shingle in the north has been generally quieter, there are still dabs and flounders to be caught but I haven't seen any bass in reports from there yet, it's only a matter of time before they figure though.

The beaches around Yarmouth have produced flats and whiting with very occasional codling in the usual haunts and it is a similar story around Lowestoft, the features around Corton and North beach still holding a few small codling and whiting.

Kessingland and Dunwich have produced some dabs and whiting and that form continues down to Southwold and Aldeburgh. Orford has produced a few dogfish among the whiting and codlets.

There is some more northerly wind to come into this weekend and with bigger tides and high water around dusk and the ebb into darkness, the eastern beaches from Yarmouth up to Cromer will be worth a go with bass and codling on the cards.

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