Lots of small codling in catches this week, with a handful making the size limit, a really positive sign for the future. They seem to be spread around the coastline too and not just hunkered down in the usual features. In the north of the patch the match scene is alive and well, Holt SAC fished at Kelling last Sunday, Henry Randell winning with 2lb 14oz, Mike Watts was second with 2lb 2oz and Tom Gibbs shared third place with Pete Loke with 2lb 1oz. The North Norfolk National Sea League was fished simultaneously, Henry’s 2lb 14oz enough to see Alan Doy into second by 11oz squeezing Mike Watts into third. Wendy Metcalfe who used to fish with Holt has been called up to fish the home internationals for England, Henry Randell has been selected for the same junior event and Tony Thomas narrowly missed out on selection too, good luck to all involved and I hope to cover the event in July. Norfolk AC fished Mundesley last night, 15 members braved the cold with Peter Hansell in top spot with 2lb 10oz, Andy Turk 1lb 14oz and second and Mark Batson third with 13oz, nice to see 9 codling recorded, a couple just made the measure, also a sizeable bass was carded a reminder that warmer days are not too far away now.
In the south the story is similar with lots of small codling in catches. Gary Rodgers had 8 with a mate at Pakefield, again not all of them making the measure. East Anglian League teams of five fished their latest match at Minsmere. Essex raiders Clacton took top spot on the day and lead the league overall. Ritegear finished second on the day and are in fourth overall with Stuart Guns and Tackle third on the day and third overall. We seem to have one low pressure system after another at the moment, and as much as they are keeping the cold at bay we’ve seen a lot of fresh water through the river systems, a change over the next week or so would be welcome, and perhaps we’ll see a few more codling in size as we run into spring.
EDP report 05/02/14
Steady as she goes this week, there’s been an upturn in the codling for sure, with lots of year old codlets and even a few school bass in reports. Starting in the south and its Suffolk that seems to hold your best chances of a codling. There are lots of codlets in catches, proof of the predicted good spawning year last year. Marine biologists indicated that the conditions were right for a good year and sure enough those fish are now starting to show on the beaches, there are a sprinkling of 2lb and slightly better fish with them, but it’s the promise of future bounties that the young ones represent that I’m most excited about. There are a few coming up the coast too, Yarmouth has seen codlets with the pin whiting and dabs, though the favoured marks seem to be the usual features.
In the north some lovely looking seas have yielded flats and whiting with only occasional codling coming to anglers away from the rough ground at Weybourne and Trimingham, I’m sure though as winter ebbs into spring that those small ones and a few better ones will show above Yarmouth too. Norfolk Angling Club fished their latest match at Walcott, there was still some debris from the surge around, which made for some unusual catches including a Christmas tree and some under garments! Finding sizeable fish proved difficult, Bob O found 3 and enough to take the top spot and his first ever match win, second place went to Campbell McKenzie in only his second match with Jake Cooper third, another good turn out with 24 fishing, great to see a thriving local club scene. Tides are starting to ease back now after the new moon, there’s not much in the wind for the north of the region but Suffolk should keep those codlets and codling coming.