Sea Fishing: Head south to find decent seasonal beach pickings

The deep south was the pick of the region's beaches with quite a few cod in the 4-6lb bracket caught with the odd fish to 8lb. Aldeburgh has been slower though there have been a few show up here and at Thorpeness and Southwold too.

It starts to get a little tougher as we head up the coast and the whiting and the flats predominate. There are still a few codling caught in the rough ground from Ness point to Corton though these seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Yarmouth has produced occasional fish too but it's the whiting and dabs that can be relied upon.

I fished Cart Gap last Saturday more in hope than expectation. Plenty of dabs were caught including some fine specimens in excess of 40cm, they outnumbered the whiting at least two to one.

The shingle ridge has continued to produce dabs and whiting, again flatfish are the main quarry and fishing in darkness will often produce the better fish. It's hard to get a measure of this week's chances. Small tides and a lot of west in the wind will make for calm conditions and if the temperatures drop any colour will likely drop out too. I think Orford and Aldeburgh will be the places to go over Christmas – even better if you can time it after a good south easterly.

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