Whiting starting to show consistency

SEA FISHING: It seems there's been a bit going on right round the patch this week, a very welcome change indeed.

Starting in the deep south and whiting are showing with some consistency now.

I've seen reports of whiting from Shingle Street up to Southwold with Aldeburgh seeing plenty of them as well.

In the Lowestoft area there are still some sole and a smoothound pups but again it's the whiting that are often first to the bait.

Paul Turrel had some eels with whiting at Benacre, seems the eels are on the move again.

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Odd small codling have come out along the north beach stretch up to Corton along with a few whiting; the fish aren't huge but as big as you'd expect early season fish to be.

East Norfolk has seen some mixed bags, there were some mackerel and a few bass off Cromer pier last week and a few wrasse were reported around the pier legs too.

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The east Norfolk beaches have produced a few school bass and there's a bit of sea on right now which should give chances of a few feeding as they start to think about migrating back to the Bay of Biscay or wherever they're heading.

Kayakers have had better luck than the beach rods, the advantage of fishing directly over features giving them the edge.

Pouts, wrasse and some nice codling all were being landed a few hundred yards beyond casting range through the week.

Matt Lawes and a friend enjoyed a tidy little session on the north Norfolk shingle with a nice haul of bass, nothing huge but some lovely conditioned fish in the 3lb+ bracket.

I haven't heard of any mackerel off the shingle but if they were at Cromer this week I imagine there were a few about further up too, at least for the kayakers if not the beach rods.

The forecast for the week ahead is a typical autumnal mixed bag, there's some stiff southerly winds forecast which could give some colour and movement in the south, if it does there should be plenty of whiting and the chance of an early codling down Aldeburgh way.

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