Stirring it up in the north

SEA REPORT: The low pressure and north westerly air flow certainly stirred things up in the north of the region.

The shingle ridge was the place to be over the weekend with lots of bass to 3.5lb caught with an occasional small codling too. Weed was a problem for some, though it seemed to ease into the ebb, and as it did the fish seemed to switch on and good catches of school bass were reported from Cley, Salthouse and Weybourne.

The wind has swung back south west again; this will flatten the sea off on the shingle and bring some weed I should think.

There were whiting and school bass on the beaches from Cromer down to Happisburgh though some of the better beaches like Trimingham suffered with red weed.

Yarmouth produced a lot of whiting, most were not quite sizeable but there were enough to provide hopes of some good catches for the Mark Alsop memorial match this weekend.

Mark was a well know character around the Yarmouth beaches and a personal friend, I hope there's a good turn out this weekend, for more information please call John on 07792 440086. Registration is at the Lacon Arms on Alderson Street from 8.30am. It's a very well-run match for a great cause with some cracking prizes.

South of Yarmouth and there are still plenty of whiting with a few codling from Corton to Pakefield, I think there would be a few more of the small codling if it wasn't for the bait hungry whiting snaffling bait before anything else has a chance.

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I honestly thought the deep south would have produced a few this weekend, the bass in the north love a northwest but it seems their southern mates aren't as keen. There have been lots of whiting from Southwold down to Orford, a few smoothound pups and dogfish too but I thought we'd see one or two more small codling showing. That form might just change into this weekend, current forecasts have some stiff southeast winds which will put colour and movement into the sea down south, let's hope those first few codling come on the back of the winds.