Sea Fishing: Codling starting to show and it’s about time

In the deep south there have been a few codling in recent catch reports, nothing much bigger than 38-40cm and not unusual for this time of the year but a good omen nonetheless.

I've seen them figure at Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Southwold and Dunwich so far this year, they've been conspicuous by their absence for the last couple of years, maybe we are due a good season?

Further north and there are still a few sole in Pakefield bay along with a few smoothound pups and whiting.

Yarmouth is similar though I notice not so many bass from the river this year which could be down to the conditions as there have been plenty of school bass elsewhere.

East Norfolk has been slow and last weekend's tropical weather didn't provide the best conditions for beach fishing. Kayakers managed to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beach and find some mackerel and bass not too far off, with several catches of between three and four nice fit bass making the paddle worthwhile.

Cart Gap, Walcott, Mundesley and Trimingham all produced a few and there were fish off the beach too during darkness.

The shingle in the north has produced a few flats and school bass and mackerel if you're lucky. Holt Sac fished the final match of their West Norfolk Challenge series last weekend on the Ouse at Lynn.

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The rivers have produced some good fishing over the summer and this was no exception. Richard Ellis claimed top spot with 9 fish for a level 4lb with Mark Gooch second with 3lb 5oz and Ivan Allison third a further ounce off.

The overall series win went to Richard with 7 points from the 4 match series. John Carter and Tony Thomas tied on 8 points with John finally awarded second after a total fish count over the series of 392 against Tony's 353.

Richard and Ivan as team-mates scooped the pairs match too with 16lb 14oz.

Holt SAC are back on the shingle at Salthouse next Sunday fishing from 10am to 3pm, new members are always very welcome.