THE changeable weather conditions appear to have improved the catches of carp and silver fish at Rochford Reservoir.

Dan Selby fished a short afternoon session from the house bank, casting just past the end of the fallen tree. His tactic produced 10 carp to around 14lb that all fell to cell boilies.

Angling coach Mike Salisbury took two pupils from Greensward Academy down to the reservoir as part of a course they doing.

They fished the concrete overflow swim on the road bank casting out towards the island using 15mm AM Bounty Hunter boilies.

Fifteen-year-old Harrison Gill was first to catch and after a short scrap he banked a lovely 13lb mirror. Not long after the fish was returned to the water, Luke Earlys’ Bounty Hunter bait was picked up by a nice 11lb common.

Match angler Dave Benjamin had two cracking sessions during the week, fishing halfway up the house bank from the double swim using a variety of different baits.

On the first session he had a good 23lb of silvers which included a lovely 2lb 2oz roach.

The second session produced nearly 29lb of silvers this included a nice 5lb bream.

For more information on the reservoir contact Nick North on 07963 112588 or visit


SEA REPORT by Graham Barrett

THERE are 6m tides expected this week, so get your rods out as there’s a chance of a codling.

On the big tides we get codling inshore, even at Southend, especially at night.

Southend Pier: Whiting, flounders and dabs are providing sport, with the chance of a codling on the bigger tides.

Chalkwell to Westcliff beaches: Undersize flounders and school bass have been caught.

Westliff to Jubilee beaches: Pin whiting, flounders and the occasional eel have been landed.

Shoebury: Anglers are catching four to five whiting a session at the concrete shelter on the Garrison.

Thamesmead: Eddie Sharp reports flounders and dabs.

Erith: Whiting, flounders and bass are showing at Morrisons Jetty.

Belvedere: Whiting and eels are providing sport.

Gillingham Pier: Anglers are catching flounders, bass and smelt.

Medway Industrial Estate: Lots of whiting are being caught, with a 50-50 mix of undersize and sizeable fish.

Gravesend: Graham, from Dolphin Angling, reports whiting, the occasional larger codling and a few sizeable bass being taken.

Greenhithe: Bass to 3lb and whiting have been landed.

Dagenham: Whiting, flounders and big eels have been reported at the recycling plant.

Stanford le Hope: Anglers have had a lots of flounders and the occasional eel.

River Crouch: Sport is a bit hit and miss for whiting with some large bags being caught on one side and only a couple on the other.

River Roach: Flounder and eels have been reported.

Walton Pier: George Gentry had four codling, the largest of which weighed 5lb. He also had whiting to 1.5lb and three dabs.

The Naze: There are still bass to 3lb to be had from Hipkins Beach, plus whiting and the chance of a codling.

Frinton: Whiting and codling are being landed at the town beach, with the chance of a dab.

Holland on Sea: Codling to 1.5lb have been taken, along with whiting to 1lb.

Clacton Pier: Whiting, codling and dabs have been reported and there are still a few dogfish being caught.

Boats: Anglers aboard Misty Lady, out of Walton, had lots of sizeable codling, the largest weighing 6lb. Others aboard a private boat out of Walton’s Titchmarsh Marina caught an 18lb codling and two whiting weighing more than 2lb.