Sea Fishing: Head down the coast to add a bit of colour to beach sport

There are still a few school bass on the shingle, though it's mostly small flats for the pleasure anglers.

Match anglers have fared little better – Holt SAC's last match at Salthouse was a sheer sea struggle. Bill Beeton and Pete Loke shared top spot with 1lb 5oz each with Tony Thomas in third spot with a level pound.

Further down the coast and there was some slightly better fishing as the sandy beaches held the colour a little longer than the shingle. School bass, whiting and flats were reported from Cromer down to Walcott with kayakers finding plenty of schoolies and even a few late mackerel.

The really productive beaches at the minute are from Yarmouth down, with most stretches producing plenty of sizeable whiting and the odd small codling. This all bodes well for the Mark Alsop memorial match on Yarmouth's north beach on November 4. Tickets are going fast so it's vital to book as soon as possible. Tickets are available from John on 07773 389121 and the draw is at the Lacon Arms at 8.30am. This is a very well-organised match – I'll try and get to this one myself as Mark is a sorely missed friend, �3 of the �10 all in ticket goes to the Macmillan Nurses fund.

Below Yarmouth and there are a few resident codling in the rough ground along north beach, but it's whiting again most of the way round to Orford. I've seen a few decent codling to 5lb starting to show off the Ness.

I don't have the full result for the Aldeburgh Blind, but I know Gary Meddler won it and that whiting figured highly in some pretty miserable conditions.

I think even with a bit of colour you probably still want the dark to have the best chances of a codling.

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The week ahead has temperatures dropping and we could see the first decent conditions for east Norfolk with some northeast and evening high waters as the tides build towards Halloween – if the forecast comes there should be some colour and good chances in the evenings.

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