Sport so difficult to predict

SEA ANGLING: Recent changeable wind and weather patterns have made for some unpredictable sport on the region's beaches. There are still a few nice bass and school bass being caught, although the smoothounds haven't showed with any consistency.

Recent changeable wind and weather patterns have made for some unpredictable sport on the region's beaches.

There are still a few nice bass and school bass being caught, although the smoothounds haven't showed with any consistency. The shingle ridge in north Norfolk has probably been the most consistent. There have been quite a few school bass reported, with some better fish to 5-6lb.

East Norfolk beaches have seen their form dip in the unpredictable weather. Bacton has produced odd school bass, but nothing like the quantity or quality of the previous weeks. Surrounding beaches have been little better with only school bass and very occasional better fish reported.

Yarmouth venues have improved a little if anything. There have been some good catches of bass from Caister down to Hopton, with some good fish around the 5-6lb mark and even the odd smoothound to 5lb. These seem to be the exception rather than the rule.


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There are still school bass showing in the river as far as Breydon Bridge too. Lowestoft has been producing a few more sole but I still feel the sole are yet to get under way properly - they certainly should this month and next. Southwold is still producing a few bits and I would expect some sole to start showing soon.

The Eastern Leisure Sea Anglers Alliance are holding their annual meeting followed by a show day at Honingham village hall this Saturday. The meeting starts at 9.30am with the show day following at 11.45am. Entry is free.

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Paul Kerry is doing a talk on shore fishing in our area, there's a kayak fishing displays, rig clinic and even some tackle bargains to be had. With sport being a little inconsistent at the moment, it sounds like a great opportunity to go and have a chat with some like minded anglers.

High pressure is forecast to take command for the next few days although we also look to be keeping the northerly airflow. This will make things difficult on the northern beaches and we'll be relying on the bass again for sport but it will hopefully just colour the water south of Lowestoft and may encourage a few more sole to show.

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