Bass start to show on region’s beaches

by Ian Holmes
Friday, April 27, 2012
2:54 PM

Another stream of steady catches on the region’s beaches this week, there seem to be a few school bass on most of them along with chances of a better fish. Holt SAC fished the first leg of their summer accumulator at Salthouse; John Carter with a bonus bass took the top spot with 3lbs 8ozs, with Sam Attew an ounce away in second and Ivan Allen in third with 3lbs 5ozs, a very close match with three ounces separating the top three places.

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The second leg of the summer accumulator was held at Kelling last Sunday, Sheringham ace Tony Thomas was a good 1lb and a half better than second placed Pete Loke on the day.

Tony managed 21 fish for 4lbs 15ozs, Pete had nine for 3lbs 4ozs with Bill Beeton and Mike Watts sharing third spot with 2lbs 12ozs. Tony’s catch was boosted by the only bass landed in the match, a nice school bass of 36cm. Fish of the day was undoubtedly Pete Loke’s dab, a colossus at 36cm converting to 1lb 3ozs, a monster for this species off our coastline.

There have been a few more bass off the eastern beaches, and unfortunately, sorry tales of Cromer Pier bass catches ending up in local eateries.

Sadly this goes on most years, it’s a shame when so many recreational anglers are doing what they can to protect our sport.

Selling fish without a licence is illegal and contravenes EU regulation, but more than that for me, it’s just really sad to see our beautiful bass the target of “recreational profiteers”.

There have been plenty of school bass below Cromer and Trimingham, Mundesley and Bacton have all produced their fair share, with some northerly winds forecast this week there should be a few bass about these beaches all week.

A little quieter on the beaches further south, there are still whiting and flats around Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the former will produce some bass to lures in the river as the spring and summer progress.

The same can be said for Southwold and the sole will only be a few weeks away, I’m hoping we have a better season this year than last.

Aldeburgh and Orford have produced some small codling, dogfish and occasional school bass.

The Ness will soon be full of nesting birds if it isn’t already, time to head north and east over the next week for the best sport.

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