Sea Fishing: Matt benefits as fish take cue from wind shift

The wind swung out of the north-east quarter over the weekend and a few fish responded almost on cue.

Matt Lawes and Rob Allen fished down at Trimingham on Sunday on a very pleasant morning. Matt was first away with a nice codling approaching 3lb followed by a 2lb fish later in the session. Unusually, Rob managed only a dab and a whiting for his efforts, but enjoyed the session anyway – it's always nice to see some decent fish on the beach. I haven't seen a report for the shingle, although I imagine that would have given chances too. The weather seemed to help southwards too with one or two coming out at Yarmouth, Gorleston and Hopton. Kayaks off Hopton had some nice variety too with codling and whiting.

Lowestoft produced some codling along the Corton to Ness point stretch with some beauties of 4lb-plus.

It goes to show what a lift a little bit of warmth and the high pressure easing can do.

There have been a few further south too, though a lot of undersized codling have been reported also – that's great for the future, hopefully, but not so clever when you're hoping for a nice springer.

If the forecast holds for this weekend, the east flow will give way to a southerly which will make it feel positively Mediteranean over the weekend.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a few school bass with a sprinkling of spring codling too.