codling caught in the latest Colchester Sea Angling Club match
15 Jan 2018

Cod on the Sprat Hunt

A reasonable angling week on our part of the coast although January has never been a great month, but we anglers are always optimistic. Sprats have arrived in force into the estuary and boat anglers have reported big shoals showing

John Popplewell with one of his codling
02 Jan 2018

Cod Showing On Essex Shores

Our angling year has now finished and a new one has begun, and it seems to have started off fairly well with the first run of codling that we have seen for two years. Most of the fish are being

Baily with his bass
18 Dec 2017

Essex Sea Angling Retrospective 2017

I thought we would look back at 2017 and how we have fared in the anglers’ calendar year on our part of the coast. We started off January with news that there would be a ban on catching and keeping

Matt Clark with a shore caught codling
04 Dec 2017

Codling On The Essex Beaches

On the run up to the Christmas period we always find that the fishing tends to slow down somewhat. This year is no different, the thornback ray have all but disappeared and there are still only a few codling to

Wass's Fishing Tackle manager Chris Sargeant with a cracking whiting
20 Nov 2017

Walton Flatfish Provide Sport

The first hard frosts of winter have arrived taking the temperature of the water down a degree or two. The thornback ray have been affected by the sudden change and the catch rates have slowed down for the shore anglers.

Olly Yallop with a typical size thornback ray
07 Nov 2017

Summer Species Still Off Essex Shores

What strange times we are in on our coast, whether it is global warming or just a localised trend, our Summer species really don’t want to disappear. Even though we are into November the thornback ray, bass and even the

The National Police Boat Championships
23 Oct 2017

Police Fishing Nationals In Thames Estuary

The temperature has dropped a degree or two this week and it is feeling more like autumn. A few more codling reported this week from boats and shore although they are proving to be very small and not what we

James Hendry with an Autumn smoothhound
09 Oct 2017

High Winds Stir the Essex Coast

High winds for the whole week has certainly stirred the seabed up! With north-westerly winds blowing off the land at the weekend, those rough seas flattened off inshore and made the tides higher than normal. The boats were again able

Rob Hudson with a five pound bass
25 Sep 2017

Essex Boat Anglers Enjoy Good Sport

A pleasant week of fairly calm weather has seen plenty of boats fishing off our coastline. Rays, bass, dogfish, and whiting have been caught, although it is a problem to get through the massive shoals of autumnal whiting that have appeared

Kevin with his tub gurrnard
18 Sep 2017

Seasonal Changes on Essex Shores

It really is that switch over time when our summer species depart slowly to warmer climes. Autumn seems to have arrived overnight with much colder early mornings and evenings heralding the shoals of whiting. I think we now have to accept