All at Sea – 30-11-2015

by John Popplewell

I wish I could bring you some good news on the cod front but alas it is much the same as last week.  The cod are pre-occupied feeding in the higher levels on those sprat and herring shoals. I have had reports from anglers fishing beaches and piers that on calmer days they have seen the fish feeding on the surface as they chase small bait fish. To be honest, until we see a decrease in these shoals it will always be difficult to locate any feeding cod shoals. I’m afraid it’s just a case of trying different venues until you find a few feeding fish.

Having said all that, it’s not all gloom and doom as there are plenty of whiting, dogfish and pouting for the pier and beach angler.

The Walton Pier Club headed for their local venue for the latest weekend match.  Conditions were certainly blustery but they found the fish feeding, 18 anglers fished and they caught 246 fish between them.

First place went to Peter Harris with 15lb 2½oz with runner-up Joe Marvell weighing in 7lb 6oz and third placed Colin Harris 7lb 3oz. The heaviest fish prize went to Peter Harris with a 2lb 6oz codling.

Clacton Sea Angling Club also headed for the pier for their night match.  6 anglers fished and caught a total of 115 fish, consisting mainly of whiting, dabs and pouting.

1st James Everett 387 pts
2nd Dave Collet 362 pts
3rd Vic Pearce 277 pts
Longest fish – Vic Pearce with a 36cm whiting

The match week finished with Walton Sea Angling Club also heading for Walton Pier for an evening match.  They fished an ebb tide and once again whiting were the main catch with a few pouting and dogfish plus the odd codling.

1st Rob Tuck 11lb 14oz
2nd Chris Mills 10lb 10oz
3rd Jon Wilson 7lb 11oz
Heaviest fish prize – Chris Mills with a 1lb 13oz codling

The beaches have been slightly slow on the fish front this week, with no reports of cod, but whiting and a few dogfish have been caught.  The best place to try for a few fish are the Holland and Clacton beaches, there will always be whiting and the odd ray to be caught.

Colchester Sea Angling Club headed to Deal in Kent for their monthly match, high winds were on the forecast, but luckily they were in the lee of the wind and the fishing was comfortable. There were plenty of fish to be caught, mainly whiting, dogfish and pouting.

1st Mark Peters 20lb 14oz
2nd Steve Yallop 19lb 10oz
3rd Mark Sessions 18lb 14oz
The heaviest fish was won with a fine 3lb 7oz codling for Mark Peters

If you have any fishing reports you can contact me at

The tides for the weekend are Saturday 6.14am and Sunday 7.23am.

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