Sea Fishing: Prepare for a Spring fling

More of the same on the region's beaches this week with a few more of our spring and summer visitors putting in an appearance. Jamie Bale had a fun trip; he fished Trimingham during daylight and had school bass, dogfish, whiting, codlets and a couple of decent flounders. Gareth Havens enjoyed a trip to the harbour wall at Gorleston, fishing towards Hopton. He landed a nice 4lb 8oz codling among whiting and codlets. They've been the exception rather than the rule all winter, but it's still nice to see an occasional nice codling caught. I haven't heard many boat reports and it doesn't look likely that we'll see a meaningful spring run though there will be a few caught when the crabs start to moult and anglers are targeting bass.

The shingle continues to produce flats and occasional whiting though these seem to be thinning as they should. East Norfolk has been the place to go with the variety bags of dogs, school bass, whiting and flats to keep anglers happy. I say it every year but its really worth using fish bait on one rod this time of the year, the Yorkshire and Kent coasts are producing a few rays now and you never know your luck, at worst you should get some action from the dogfish. Yarmouth through to Lowestoft has been a carbon copy of last week pretty much. A few codling scattered around the usual haunts of the wreck, Corton, and Lowestoft North beach, lots of small fish too. Eastern Anglers fished Orford Ness for their 'Cod Cup', Dave Reed took top honours with 13 codlets with most anglers struggling in the rain, I think the winning weight came from the river too. The forecast for this week has plenty of east in it but nothing much in the strength, it's likely to be wet too but the tides are a decent size and I reckon fishing in darkness must give you decent chances.

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