EDP report 25/03/15

North quarter wind played havoc with some of the beaches over the weekend, new moon springs created a fair old sea which was borderline unmissable at times. Those braving the conditions struggled though as the seas eased into Monday sport picked up again. The weather coloured the water a bit in the south, this encouraged a few dogfish, whiting, and codling to feed.

I saw reports of fish from Orford, Aldeburgh, and Pakefield. East norfolk beaches gave been a little slower though there have been a few nice codling at Trimingham and Mundesley. There gave been a few too in the rough ground under the cliff at Weybourne along with the little flatties. Tides easing this week and the weather I think likely to be more settled, should be more doggies and hopefully a few of those rays starting to appear, bass won't be long, but I think fish/crab baits are definitely worth a go at the minute.

EDP report 18/03/15

I think we're still waiting for the spring run to happen, though there does seem to have been one or two more this week. Norfolk Angling Club fished Trimingham on Monday night in decent conditions. Russ Taylor took the honours with two codling for 3lb 13oz, Dene Conway was second with one for 2lb 4oz and Leon Smith added a rockling with his codling for third and 1lb 6oz. I think there will be a few more that way this week as long as the wind plays ball, the right tide in darkness maximises your chances.


In the far south it's interesting to note a few dogfish turning up in catches, matchmen love them when they're about and they're usually the herald of the spring. Last year we saw as many Thornback Rays as we have for decades off our beaches, they're not usually far behind the doggies and I think we can be optimistic of seeing them again as the boat anglers are getting amongst them already. Things look distinctly optimistic for the week ahead and I reckon I'll be reporting codling and Rays in the next fortnight, good luck!

EDP report 11/03/15

A much quieter week on the regions beaches, sizeable fish have been at a premium right round the region. In the far south there are a few codling still being caught, and the weather later this week might help bring some colour and movement to the tides here. I think that's all it really needs, I'm sure the fish are thereabouts, they just need some conditions to encourage them in to feed. I noted also that some of the early spring species have started to show up. I've seen dogfish reported in the south and a few thornback rays have shown too. Last year was as good a year as I can remember for the rays of our coast, I hope this year is at least as good.

Further north and Holt SAC and Team Sabre fished their latest match at Bacton, it was the final round of the North Norfolk National Sea League, and proved to be a bit of a struggle for those competing. I took a walk down and spoke to a few anglers, and they were all finding the going tough in bright and flat conditions. There was at least a bit of colour which Mike Watts made the most of to win the day with 4lb 6oz, in second with 3lb 12oz was England youth intentional Henry Randell, with Tony Thomas third with 3lb 2oz. League team results saw Avenue Angling win the league from North Norfolk Lads and Holt Crack Offs. The weather for the week ahead holds little in the way of comfort for the stretches above yarmouth, but it could be interesting on the Suffolk beaches if the forecast wind appears.

EDP report 04/03/15

It’s hard to believe we are into March already, and with some fairly consistent sport around, the signs look very good for when the spring gets into full swing. In the north Holt and Sabre Tackle fished the latest leg of their winter leagues at Kelling. Flatfish dominated the match by around 10:1, with only 14 round fish carded, a 42cm codling not being enough to get Paul Kendrick in the frame. Tom Gibbs won the day with 4lb 14oz, Mike Watts was second with 4lb 10oz, and John Carter was third with 3lb 9oz. Their next match is at Bacton on Sunday and is the last of the North Norfolk National sea league. Around the east, few have been fishing, those that have found a few whiting and the occasional codling. Things pick up a little the further down the coast we go, around Yarmouth and there have been a few at Gorleston and Hopton. Lowestoft has been pretty consistent with fish at Corton and the north beach. Pakefield and Kessingland have fished too, with night tides producing more. It’s a similar story on the other Suffolk beaches, I fished Aldeburgh with Karl Gibson last week and was hammered, Karl landing 2 codling whilst I never had a sizeable fish. That seems to be a bit of a theme, some anglers managing two or three whilst others fishing the same beach struggle. It would tend to point to the fish tightly shoaled or the shoals running the beaches, eating what is in front of them at the time, so you need a bit of luck, but they are there to catch and you’ll find you get luckier the more time you spend!