Sea Fishing: March will bring better conditions

A quiet couple of weeks on the region's beaches, and pretty typical of the time of year.

Holt Sac fished the shingle a week back and hoped to follow up on the excellent sport from the previous week.

It seems as though those whiting that bumped up all of the catch weights have gone and only a few flats showed up.

Pete Morse took the top spot with 1lb 10oz, Bill Beeton was second with 1lb 9oz and Sam Attew third with 1lb 8oz, a close match if nothing like the action of the previous week. There's rarely much good in an easterly in my opinion and this seems to have been borne out by the catches on the east Norfolk beaches. Rockling, flats and occasional codlets and whiting have made the reports with hardly a sizeable fish reported.

Yarmouth and Lowestoft have been no better than further up, and I notice that the boat catches mainly include flatfish and whiting, codling seem to be a bonus.

It's usually tough on our beaches at this time of the year, couple the season with biting easterlies and it's twice as hard.

Jamie Bale managed a few codlets at Kessingland, and there have been one or two more immature fish from Southwold, Aldeburgh and Orford, again sizeable fish are a bonus from beach or boat. I don't expect sport to pick up now until we get into March and we lose the high pressure and east winds, it'll be well worth a chuck once we do lose them though and there should be some different species to target.

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