Watts takes the honours with haul at Kelling

SEA FISHING: There seems to have been a slight upturn in sport on the region's beaches though the cod are still conspicuous by their absence.

There seem to be a few nice dabs about and the obligatory whiting and the first real showing of small codlets around the 4oz mark, a good sign for future winter sport as long as they are allowed to mature.

Round four of the SAMF North Norfolk teams of five was fished at Kelling over the weekend. M Watts won the match with 20 fish for a couple of ounces shy of 4lb, Sheringham ace Tony Thomas maintained his consistent form with a second place carding 16 fish for 3lb 3oz, Henry Randell claiming third spot with 18 fish for 2lb 14oz and helping his team, Holt Blues, take the team honours on the day.

Second team was North Norfolk Lads with Lincolnshire raiders, Skeggie Boys in third. With the SAMF finals at the end of November aside, the shingle has been quite consistent for a few flatfish at least. East Norfolk hasn't seen too many rods on the beaches though there were unconfirmed reports of one or two codling from Trimingham. Not surprising really, Trimingham is one of those venues that seem least affected by the conditions and they are as likely to show up there when it's flat as they are with a roll on the sea. Dabs and small whiting have been reported from Mundesley and Bacton, with south-westerly winds bringing warmer air and milder conditions this week. It's hard to know which areas might produce though I think it's a fair bet there'll be some weed from Cromer down to Yarmouth.

Whiting and dabs have been reported from the wall at Gorleston and the wreck with similar catches at Hopton. Unconfirmed reports of some small codling at Corton and Lowestoft north with Kessingland producing a few dabs.

Jamie Bale got amongst the codlets as well as some whiting and dabs at Benacre sluice and dabs again have showed at Dunwich, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Orford. With a changeable week ahead weather-wise and little in the way of consistent form on many beaches, it's difficult to make any predictions this week, though with the wind off your back the shingle will be as comfortable as anywhere.

The deep south might get a bit of a stir up if there isn't too much west in the wind and there might just be one or two show in a coloured sea.

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