Sea Fishing: Opportunity knocks for good catches

Lots going on around the coast with nearly all of our beaches worth a chuck right now. We have mackerel, bass and flats in the north, bass, flats and hounds in the east and sole, pups and bass in the south.

It has been a decent spring and summer so far on balance, we didn't see many big bass in the spring like we usually do, but we have seen plenty to 2-3lb and lots of schoolies. Some decent hounds are still showing between Yarmouth and Sea Palling and the sole from Lowestoft down to Aldeburgh have been a decent size this year with not too many slips reported. All welcome sport after last year's disappointing cod season.

I missed the match reports last week, I noted a cracking eel to Alan Doy in the RiteGear Estuary Champs on the Ouse at Lynn, a superb specimen of 4lb 5oz not surprisingly winning the heaviest round fish prize though not the match overall. The match was won by Lymington raider Andrew Dawkins with some specimen flounders and good eels in his catch of 7lb 14oz. Second spot went to Rob Tuck a further 2lb back on 5lb 14oz with Alan Lewis third with 5lb 12oz. It's proving a popular series of matches with some consistent fishing, Dene and Co. at RiteGear should be congratulated for the hard work they put in to the local match fishing scene, the fact the matches are attracting anglers from all over the country speaks volumes.

With no wind to speak of and warm weather this week our beaches are bound to be busy, night times will be best and I expect there will be a few more hounds about this week. Balmy summer evenings and high water around 8pm over the weekend, will see a few out trying for sole Southwold way.

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