The codling stayed around until mid April but in general seem to have moved on now, probably due to the start of the May rot. Unfortunately the whiting have once again hung around with many undersized ones pouncing on the bait before anything else gets a chance. Flounders and eels have at last made an appearance and the first of the bass have been caught. Fred Wassell landed a beauty of 5lbs 12ozs during an over 50’s daylight match at White Horses which won him the match by a big margin. Gary Banfield took second place with two whiting, two flounders and a small bass. Eels can be weighed in provided they are kept alive in a bucket of sea water and returned to the sea as soon as possible. Eels have been in decline in recent years but a spectacular amount of elvers were observed entering our estuaries last year that could be measured in tons. This should help stocks to recover along with bans on netting them in the freshwater rivers where they spend most of their lives. A few very small smooth hound have been caught so during May you could find as many as five or more different species over one tide although they will mostly be on the small side. It should be possible to catch flounder, eel, smooth hound, whiting, pout, bass and plaice. Others that could show up are rockling, dab and even a black bream although we usually have to wait a little later in the year to see any of these.