Caister-on-Sea Fishing Mark

A sandy beach offering quite deep water close inshore, especially at the southern end where it forms a point with the beginning of Great Yarmouth's north beach.

There is a similar point opposite the lifeboat shed and both areas have strong tides and some snags, mainly due to lost tackle. A granite sea defence system has been constructed at the northern end.

The beach can be good on the flood and ebb tide, but the last two hours of the ebb and low water are often best. Deep water means the beach can be fished when the sea is rough, although weed is a problem.

SPECIES
A cod beach due to its strong tides. November and December are the peak months for big fish, with smaller codling in March and April.

Whiting are caught from September to December, with dabs from September to January. Some bass from May to September, especially around the sea defences.

BAIT AND TACKLE
Lugworms best for cod, although hooking a whiting and leaving it out as a livebait can take big fish. Lug, fish or squid cocktails are good for whiting. Lug tipped with sprat gets big dabs in January. Lures work from the sea defences in summer when the water is clear.

Strong tides may require the use of a 175g lead weight. Landing big fish or pulling from snags is safer with 18lb mainline, but you can use 15lb mainline and a 50lb shockleader most of the time.

Distance casting is not usually essential, so a reasonable surf rod and reel are adequate. Rigs without clips (flappers) work well.

GETTING THERE
Located just north of Great Yarmouth on the A149 with roads into the town at each end and in the middle of the bypass.

From the town Braddock Road, Second Avenue and Tan Lane take you to the beach.


Directions : Access on to the beach is clearly signposted off the main A149. Ample car parking
Season : Cod and whiting in winter, spring codling, spring, summer and autumn for other species

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