Sea Fishing: Sun sees anglers hit beaches

The milder weather brought more anglers to the region's beaches and a fair few of them found some sport in one form or another.

There have been a few school bass and flounders on the shingle, and in east Norfolk the beaches have produced plenty of dogfish with the occasional codling. Further south and its school bass, dogfish and undersized codling in the reports. East Norfolk produced lots of dogfish as the sea flattened off, catches of six or eight were not uncommon at Bacton and Walcott. The fish seemed to go as soon as the wind swung round northerly again though I'm sure they'll be about for a few more tides when the sea is flat. It's around this time of the year that we often see small smoothounds too. Trimingham has continued to produce occasional codling including a cracking 6lber to William Amies. Yarmouth through to Lowestoft and it's a similar story, occasional codling at the marks with structures like the wreck and the old sea wall, whiting flats and a few dogfish elsewhere.

Peter White, from Dereham, enjoyed his weekly visit to Southwold pier last Thursday – he had a bass of nearly 4lb and a couple at 3lb each and released several school bass. Peter also had two flounders, five or six dabs, two or three whiting and nine undersized codling, a good mixed bag by any measure.

Some local rods went even further southwards and fished the Clacton dogfish open, a few dogfish were caught along with some nice thornbacks, Mark Sharman with the biggest ray a little over 4lb. Richard Burt won the match with 10lb 5oz, Mark Pinder was second with a level 10lb and Rob Tuck third with 8lb 13oz.

The weather continues to show a warming, and the wind although easterly and northerly towards the weekend isn't very strong, with the building tides I think will see some better bass this weekend.

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