Sea fishing: Codling still proving difficult

There have been some super seas over this week – east and north Norfolk have seen chocolate coloured swells that scream cod.

Unfortunately, the cod haven't read the script and it's been more whiting and flatfish with the very occasional small codling around Cromer.

A couple of friends fished at Bacton in as good a looking sea as I've seen in a while; they only managed whiting, with one of them snaring the biggest rockling he'd set eyes on. I always associate rockling with easterlies – they will tend to feed when little else is and, in my experience, they are usually the kiss of death for any other fish being caught. Personally I haven't caught codling when I've caught rockling.

Round to Yarmouth and it's a similar story with the whiting and flats, though there have been one or two codling from the wreck at Gorleston and round into Hopton bay. It's frustrating as the boat anglers are having some decent catches of codling inside a mile from Hopton, Corton and Lowestoft, yet they don't seem to want to come inshore yet. There's plenty of time though – maybe we'll have a spring run this year with some decent fish amongst the first of the bass. Below Lowestoft it's been patchy, with whiting reported at Kessingland, Dunwich and Southwold, some flatfish too. Aldeburgh and Orford has been much the same with a few small codling for good measure.

The week ahead sees temperatures falling and some more northerly air flow as we enter the weekend. I'm not going to make predictions about east or north Norfolk because good seas haven't produced when it looks like they should.