Sea Fishing: Shingle is a winner despite contrasting conditions

The North Norfolk Shingle hosted the Sea Anglers Match Federation National Sea League final at the weekend.

A total of 29 teams of five took part – and the shingle didn't disappoint.

Prime Angling, of the ISAC 2001 Solent League, ran out winners over the two days, with 63 points, to take away �2,000 in prize money.

Northern raiders Seaton Sluice finished second with 85 points while local outfit Ipswich Sea Anglers were third with 97 points.

Competitors had to deal with contrasting conditions – Saturday was relatively calm to start with, but that all changed in the last hour with the sea starting to lift on the back of a stiff north westerly wind.

Around 10lb of whiting, pout and flats won the first day from Weybourne wreck and over 460lb of fish was carded in total on day one.

Day two was a much different affair, starting with a heavy swell that eased through the match. Te number of dabs caught on day one almost halved and the total weight carded was just under 300lb. I've heard nothing but praise for the organisation and match headquarters at Kelling Heath Holiday Park.

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What a difference a day can make –, my old mate Matt Lawes fished the match and did okay, but, always the glutton for punishment, he went back to the shingle on Monday night and fished the rough ground under the cliffs at Weybourne and was rewarded with a lovely cod of 6lb 6oz.

The rough ground can usually be relied on to hold a fish or two, especially when conditions are good; there was certainly some natural food in the water following the rough-up over the weekend. Further round the coast and the reports aren't as encouraging; despite good seas, anglers have struggled to find the codling, with pin whiting reported along with the sizeable ones and flatfish.

Just offshore at Corton has seen a few of the boats finding some codling and some decent fish too, though they seem more sparse than normal along the shore at Corton up to Ness point.

It is whiting and dabs too until you get to Southwold where there have been a few off the pier and along the wall at Aldeburgh, but it's Orford that has produced more than the other venues. Anglers putting in the hours have managed fish from 1�lb to 5lb, with a rare double recorded also. Hopefully sport will improve further as temperatures drop.

There's a good old northerly forecast into the weekend, though I think it will be too much with the small tides to see any decent fish over the bank in the east of the region.

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