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The original plan was to fish Tuesday evenings high water at Weybourne. However as we all know, plans are sometimes prone to failure and due to events beyond my control, I ended up fishing Wednesday morning instead. Arrived at 06.00 with HW at 07.00 and trudged the shingle in the pouring rain. On this occasion I gambled and only walked a short distance, as opposed to the usual 15 minutes to the preferred spot, as I only has a couple of hours to fish.

To be honest I expected to blank, as not only was the sea as flat as a swimming pool, it was equally as clear.

Clearly the Whitebait were still present as they could be seen jumping when pursued by groups of Guillemots. This past week has offered a real opportunity to observe seabirds that I don't normally see from the shore. Including Gannets diving just 150 yards from shore. The Guillemots though have however proved unique, in so much as how close they will come to the shore if you just sit still. I always consider it an honour, when a wild bird treats me with a level of fear so minimal that it borders on friendship.

Back at the fishing the blank was looking odds on, as the red weed was horrendous. Two foot of weed on the line when you're only casting 15 yards is BAD!

Finally both the weed and the rain eased, the sun even came out and generated a rainbow, nice. Then I looked at the rain radar on my phone and realised a storm was approaching, so one more cast as blanking is bad, but electrocution is worse!

The tip on the right hand rod whacked over, picked it up and after a spirited tussle a fit 45cm bar of silver lay bright upon the shingle. That'll do nicely, now out of here as the thunder was getting louder and the sky darker. Chucked the gear into the car and was just tying up my shoes as the heavens opened. If that does prove to be my last Norfolk Bass of 2021 it most certainly was memorable.

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Nice report as usual Alan.
Doubt it will be your last Bass this year unless you put the rods away which seems highly unlikely.
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Thanks George. 👍

You're correct of course, as I won't be putting the rods away as I'm planning on heading to Somerset in 10 days and hoping to find a few Bass down there.

It'll be unfishable in North Norfolk before Saturday after this mornings NW winds and then only if the red weed permits? So as a consequence I may not get to cast a line for Bass again from a Norfolk shore this year. Still it's been most enjoyable with 173 spikys landed.

This was Cromer this afternoon at LW and consequently at its calmest point today, would take a decent cast to get over that lot and hold out!

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Thanks George. 👍

You're correct of course, as I won't be putting the rods away as I'm planning on heading to Somerset in 10 days and hoping to find a few Bass down there.

It'll be unfishable in North Norfolk before Saturday after this mornings NW winds and then only if the red weed permits? So as a consequence I may not get to cast a line for Bass again from a Norfolk shore this year. Still it's been most enjoyable with 173 spikys landed.

This was Cromer this afternoon at LW and consequently at its calmest point today, would take a decent cast to get over that lot and hold out!

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cromer crabs are smaller but taste better than cornish crabs!!! Some old Norfolk boys used to bring us cromer crabs down every summer,two sadly rip now and the other one can't drive.
 
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cromer crabs are smaller but taste better than cornish crabs!!! Some old Norfolk boys used to bring us cromer crabs down every summer,two sadly rip now and the other one can't drive.
Yes agreed, Cromer crabs are exceptional. Its sad those old bois aren't still making the journey, I've no doubt they would have been interesting characters.

Here's some pics that you may just like. It was a huge tide yesterday, almost 1 metre above predicted level which of course was already a spring tide. As a consequence they had to pull many of the crab boats off the beach and onto the sea wall next to the Henry Blogg museum. These pics were all taken today with a good sea still running and needless to say, no crabbers pushing off for the second consecutive day.

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Yes agreed, Cromer crabs are exceptional. Its sad those old bois aren't still making the journey, I've no doubt they would have been interesting characters.

Here's some pics that you may just like. It was a huge tide yesterday, almost 1 metre above predicted level which of course was already a spring tide. As a consequence they had to pull many of the crab boats off the beach and onto the sea wall next to the Henry Blogg museum. These pics were all taken today with a good sea still running and needless to say, no crabbers pushing off for the second consecutive day.

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wish I still had my old pebble brilliant sea boats.took the old boys out years ago they loved the size of the whiting here! Like you say characters for sure!!! Rough tough hardworking blokes that arrived in a new jag every summer in flatcaps smoking rollups
 
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Thanks George. 👍

You're correct of course, as I won't be putting the rods away as I'm planning on heading to Somerset in 10 days and hoping to find a few Bass down there.

It'll be unfishable in North Norfolk before Saturday after this mornings NW winds and then only if the red weed permits? So as a consequence I may not get to cast a line for Bass again from a Norfolk shore this year. Still it's been most enjoyable with 173 spikys landed.

This was Cromer this afternoon at LW and consequently at its calmest point today, would take a decent cast to get over that lot and hold out!

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Thanks George. 👍

You're correct of course, as I won't be putting the rods away as I'm planning on heading to Somerset in 10 days and hoping to find a few Bass down there.

It'll be unfishable in North Norfolk before Saturday after this mornings NW winds and then only if the red weed permits? So as a consequence I may not get to cast a line for Bass again from a Norfolk shore this year. Still it's been most enjoyable with 173 spikys landed.

This was Cromer this afternoon at LW and consequently at its calmest point today, would take a decent cast to get over that lot and hold out!

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The one of Wells in the evening is particularly stunning. Well done on yet another good fish,


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The original plan was to fish Tuesday evenings high water at Weybourne. However as we all know, plans are sometimes prone to failure and due to events beyond my control, I ended up fishing Wednesday morning instead. Arrived at 06.00 with HW at 07.00 and trudged the shingle in the pouring rain. On this occasion I gambled and only walked a short distance, as opposed to the usual 15 minutes to the preferred spot, as I only has a couple of hours to fish.

To be honest I expected to blank, as not only was the sea as flat as a swimming pool, it was equally as clear.

Clearly the Whitebait were still present as they could be seen jumping when pursued by groups of Guillemots. This past week has offered a real opportunity to observe seabirds that I don't normally see from the shore. Including Gannets diving just 150 yards from shore. The Guillemots though have however proved unique, in so much as how close they will come to the shore if you just sit still. I always consider it an honour, when a wild bird treats me with a level of fear so minimal that it borders on friendship.

Back at the fishing the blank was looking odds on, as the red weed was horrendous. Two foot of weed on the line when you're only casting 15 yards is BAD!

Finally both the weed and the rain eased, the sun even came out and generated a rainbow, nice. Then I looked at the rain radar on my phone and realised a storm was approaching, so one more cast as blanking is bad, but electrocution is worse!

The tip on the right hand rod whacked over, picked it up and after a spirited tussle a fit 45cm bar of silver lay bright upon the shingle. That'll do nicely, now out of here as the thunder was getting louder and the sky darker. Chucked the gear into the car and was just tying up my shoes as the heavens opened. If that does prove to be my last Norfolk Bass of 2021 it most certainly was memorable.

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Well done Alan perseverance paid off.
Great report as always. 😉
 
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