Sea Fishing: Rough conditions could encourage fish to feed

There are some reasonable looking conditions for the week ahead, the beaches of north and east Norfolk could be the place to head for this weekend.

Temperatures are about to climb and there's a proper north westerly wind forecast through to tomorrow night, this will put a good sea on and it should carry a bit of colour. The hope is those fish that have been sitting offshore will get in to feed in the rough conditions.

There has been a spattering of codling from round the coast again this week, rough ground marks producing a few fish and the whiting certainly seem to have thinned out giving the better fish a chance at least. Matt Lawes had a single bite under the cliffs at Weybourne for a 2lb codling.

East Norfolk has been quieter, blanks reported from Bacton and Walcott with some weed at Trimingham and Mundesley; I still think this could be the area to fish later in the week with Thursday's evening flood tide looking good if the wind drops as forecast.

Yarmouth and surrounds have been quieter with only flats, small codling and whiting reported, another area that could do with a decent blow, anything that smacks right into Hopton bay must surely bring a few of those fish hanging off Corton in. Paul Kerry fished the Tramps Alley end of Corton last Thursday and managed three codling between 1.5 and 2lb, tough going when you're watching eight boats a half mile off catching plenty between two and 5lb. Those fish I'm sure will come within casting range and give us a spring run, as soon as the shrimp and crabs start to move inshore they'll be in for a feed.


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Lowestoft north has produced one or two codling in the old sea wall and there have been a few immature codling in Pakefield bay. Southwards down to Orford, and whilst the boats have managed a few they haven't had the numbers of fish being caught off Lowestoft, there have been occasional codling at Southwold off the pier and Aldeburgh and Orford.

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