Sea Fishing: Shingle the place to be for dabs and whiting

The shingle has been the venue this last week with dabs and some quality whiting in catches.

Good whiting get in on the shingle most Januarys and Holt SAC found them in a feeding mood for the second leg of their winter accumulator at Salthouse. Sheringham rod Tony Thomas took top spot with 31 fish for an impressive 12lb 8oz, a full 4lb odd clear of Mike Watts in second with 7lb 15oz.

Henry Randell was third with 21 fish for 7lb 2oz. The biggest whiting measured 39cm and they usually hang around for a few tides feeding up before they go off and spawn, tipping with fish often sorts out the bigger ones. There's a chance of a codling too under the cliffs at Weybourne.

East Norfolk beaches have been a little slower than the shingle though there are dabs and whiting on most beaches, it's a similar picture round to Yarmouth with codling around Gorleston wreck the exception that prove the rule.

Lowestoft has been generally quiet though there seems to be better chances of codling the further down you go with codling reported from Sizewell, Southwold and the deeper water at Aldeburgh and Orford.


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Temperatures plummet through this week and with a lot of east in the wind it could be a struggle this week, for consistency the shingle at night has to be the place to go.

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