Tough going but dabs showing nicely in north Norfolk

SEA FISHING: Without wishing to get monotonous it has been more of the same from the region's beaches.

A coloured flat sea has been the prevailing conditions for north and east Norfolk. Mostly dabs showing on the north Norfolk shingle, though Tony Thomas did manage a solitary sizeable whiting in Holt SAC's latest match at Salthouse. Tony ran out winner again with 32 fish carded for a converted weight of 4lb 1oz.

John Neave had 26 fish for 3lb 5oz and second spot with Pete Morse in third with 32 fish for 2lb 14oz. Most anglers caught with 151 fish recorded of which 61 were sizeable, the mild air flow and coloured sea encouraging the flatties to have a feed.

Similar story from Cromer down to Yarmouth with pin whiting and dabs making up catches. A few lucky rods have managed to snare the occasional codling from Trimingham, though it's reasonable to expect some flatties to show during the long wait for a codling.

A few more whiting among the dabs around Yarmouth, with the beaches towards Lowestoft giving the best chances of a codling. Lowestoft north beach has produced a few codling amongst the tackle hungry old sea defences from Corton down to Ness Point. I haven't heard much from Pakefield though Kessingland has produced a few whiting and dabs and I dare say Pakefield offers similar chances.

South of Lowestoft and the dabs are still showing at Dunwich, Minsmere, Aldeburgh and Orford. Southwold has produced a few also and there's always a chance of a codling off the pier.

Boat reports seem to have dried up, the odd boats going out are struggling to find decent fish with any consistency, weather and tide windows not always conducive to finding them feeding when the boats can get out. There have been some nice fish within casting range off the Yorkshire coast and I think there's hope for a spring run in our patch, let's just hope there's some sizeable fish amongst the codlets.

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