Sea Fishing: Fish start responding to warmth

The weather warming at the weekend seemed to have a positive effect along the coast with a few codling reported along with some dogs and other bits and pieces.

It seems the further south you go the more undersized fish there seem to be. Orford has produced a few sizeable codling but it has mostly been dogfish and codlets in with the whiting and flats. An open match at Dunwich over the weekend saw a lot of nearly sizeable fish caught. Simon Roberts had three school bass, unfortunately they were all an inch or two under the size limit, the winner managing a better one at 41cm along with some flats and whiting.

Lowestoft north is still producing occasional codling amongst the debris of the old sea wall and there are chances too up to Hopton and Gorleston. Above Yarmouth and there have been a few bits and pieces around Walcott, Bacton and Mundesley with Trimingham probably best of the bunch. Keith Hall managed a nice codling and Matt Lawes had a couple too, though it's fair to say its patchy at best. Going up towards the shingle and there have been a few dogfish amongst the dabs, but I haven't seen any codling reported from the rough ground here for a while. Bass are likely to figure in catches increasingly over the next few weeks, and with some stiff southerlies I think the south of the region could be the place to go for a bass session.

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