Winds fail to blow in catches of codling

SEA FISHING: I had hoped there'd be a few more codling on the back of the weekend winds – there were a few, but it's the whiting that are bulking up catches.

Orford produced a few small codling amongst the whiting and spotted dogfish with similar form at Aldeburgh. The best catch I've heard of so far this winter was by my old mate Paul 'Pedro' Blyth; he fished Thorpeness and managed four small codling between 1�lb and 2lb with the whiting and a bonus school bass. Coming up the coast and there were a few in Pakefield bay, too, though whiting are dominating catches generally. Ness point and the old sea wall usually hold a few and Simon Farrow has found the codling in ones and twos on a couple of visits this autumn.

Above Lowestoft and the beach guys have been struggling, although kayakers have found a few small codling just offshore. For us beach anglers it's the whiting on evening tides that are providing the sport. There are small codling in the shoals of whiting, but they don't get much of a chance as the whiting are voracious. Gorleston beach and harbour have both produced whiting, tipping with mackerel sorting out slightly better quality fish. The Mark Alsop memorial match last Sunday was harder going in the bright sunshine. Henry Randell and Stephen Boyce shared top spot with 61 points each with Mike Watts in third spot with 52 points – 36 anglers fished the match in support of the Macmillan cancer charity.

It's a very different situation on the east Norfolk beaches, I'm sure there would be a few bass and whiting showing if only you could fish through the weed. I don't think I've ever seen it so thick.

There's some north west in the forecast again, anytime from today, hopefully this will shift some of the weed from the east Norfolk beaches. I'm sure there'll be a few bass and codling about in the surf.