Norfolk’s Waxham sea fishing mark is a sandy beach backed by high sand dunes, where the boulder sea defences run in front of Sea Palling and finish at Waxham.
The beach to the left of the access point varies in depth where the sand is building behind the defences, but leaving deeper holes where there are gaps open to the sea.
To the right of the access the beach opens out with fairly wide-spaced groynes. Again the depth varies, but checking at low tide should reveal the deeper areas.
Once a great cod beach, but the sea defences have broken the tidal flow. Fishing to the right of the access is worthwhile from October to April. The sea defences produce bass. There are plenty of flounders and dabs in the deeper pools and gullies. There are smoothhounds in June, with a chance of a thornback ray.
Some yellowtail lugworms can be dug behind the sea defences, but only on low spring tides. Blow lug is almost as good for most species. Peeler crabs take bass and smoothhounds, although lug tipped with squid is worth trying for bass.
Casting to the sea defences or the sandbanks requires distance, so a decent shore rod and reel with 15lb mainline and a 50lb shockleader will help. Tides can be strong, but the defences do hold it back on flood tides.
Waxham is on the B1159 just south of Sea Palling. The road leaving Sea Palling is a long straight and at the end is a sharp righthand bend by a farm. On this bend is a left turning and this takes you round the farm wall to a rough track. There is limited parking and you can walk to the beach over the dunes.
Directions : Waxham is on the B1159 just south of Sea Palling. The road leaving Sea Palling is a long straight and at the end is a sharp right hand bend by a farm. On this bend is a left turn which takes you round the farm wall to a rough track. Park and walk over the dunes
Season : October to April, smoothhound in June