Sea Fishing: It’s been a real mixed bag of late

Some variety noted in the catch reports this week with some spring and summer species mixed in with the traditional winter fish.

It is particularly good to see some school bass, dogfish and even eels amongst the whiting and dabs.

Anywhere from Cromer down to Yarmouth and you're likely to encounter the lesser spotted dogfish if you use fish baits at night.

The whiting seem to have returned with a bit of a vengeance too, particularly from Palling southwards towards Suffolk. There have been odd codling from the wreck at Gorleston and Corton though they are the exception rather than the rule, as they have been all winter.

The shingle in the north is producing flats and a few whiting, though, the bright conditions made it difficult for the latest Holt Sac match at Kelling. John Neave claimed top spot with 1lb 9oz, around half the weight of last week's winner. Paul Thorburn was only 2/3 of an ounce away in second with Dene Conway and Mike Waters in joint third with 15oz. Pleasure anglers have fared a little better in the evening with plenty of small dabs and flounders and some pin whiting.

There have been one or two codling from the rough ground under the cliff at Weybourne. Cromer down to Yarmouth has seen the first school bass and dogfish along with rockling, whiting and flats. The best beaches seem to be from Cromer down to Eccles.

Below Yarmouth and there are whiting about again, I thought they'd gone but something has brought them back in for another feed, unfortunately most are undersized fish and reduce your chances of a codling or a bass.

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It's a similar story from Kessingland, Dunwich and Southwold. The deeper water at Aldeburgh and Orford have been quiet though these venues could produce a ray to fish baits, they will almost certainly produce some dogfish. The forecast is for settled and warming weather with winds from the southwest, night tides will give best chances and try with some herring or sand eel, you just never know your luck!