Excitement brews with increasing numbers of codling showing from the night shore across south Kent. However, the fish are lean and not as heavy as might be expected from their months away in deep water. Results from the club shore competitions reveal the size of the fish being landed. At the Martin Walters Sea Anglers beach event fished at Folkestone, the winner was Melvin Lee, of Folkestone, with 12lb 6oz and he included a codling of 2lb 3oz. Second was Jacob Cainey with 6lb 1oz and third Shaun Carey with 4lb 8oz. The Folkestone Sea Anglers fished in the Warren and there the biggest codling fell to Dover’s John Smissen and that weighed 1.680kg. The winner was Ray Coyne, of Folkestone, with 5.560kg. Runner-up was Martyn Reid with 4.410kg and in third place Lee Heaver with 2.560kg. The Fountain Sea Anglers missed out on codling at Seabrook but young Adam Howard from Folkestone, who recently received an England cap, won with the help of a bonus thornback ray of 2.612kg, giving him a winning total of 5.794kg, Second was his dad, Mark Howard, with 3.174kg and third Kevin Bowles, of Hythe, with 2.670kg. In the Dungeness Sea Anglers’ Sole Open, only one sole was landed but thornback and codling were landed among the dogfish and whiting. Their latest club competition was won by Nathan Elliott with 5lb 2oz.