AT the moment, it seems our sea is full of fish.

It certainly is a bumper season for whiting, with the boats, beaches and piers reporting big catches.

The boats have had some calm weather this week, which makes for comfortable fishing, and thornback rays, dogfish and whiting, along with a few dabs, are now showing.

The monthly fishing report from the charter boat Sophie Lea makes for interesting reading.

We are well into our autumn fishing and some good catches of bigger whiting have been had and there are great quantities in the Thames Estuary.

We have also seen a smattering of codling, although not to be relied upon yet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a few more.

Thornback rays are still there to be caught but not in the numbers we have seen.

The commercial trawlers are now catching them again as there is very little else to target, even though the price at market is hardly worth the effort to fish for them.

Plenty of dogfish are also showing and several dabs have also turned up.

Neil Marples fished from his own boat off the Walton coast.

He reported loads of whiting - in fact, well over 100 whiting between two of them - along with dogfish, pouting and a thornback ray.

The beaches have seen the whiting invasion continue, with plenty of bites and fish for all anglers.

Clacton Pier has seen a few thornback rays being caught, along with whiting and still a few bass.

The Clacton and Holland beaches are also fishing well, with whiting, the odd codling, along with a few stray bass to 3lbs.

Matt Clark found one of those elusive codling on a daytime tide during rough seas.

Walton Sea Angling Club headed for the Holland beaches for their evening match.

The weather was good, with only a light onshore breeze blowing.

The whiting were feeding ravenously, along with dogfish, dabs and pouting.

Top rod on the night was Rob Tuck, with 31 fish for 20lb 4oz.

Second place went to Lawrence Chisnall, with 36 fish for 14lb 8oz, and third to Peter Harris, with 41 fish for 12lb 12oz.

My trip this week was back to Walton Pier to fish a late evening tide.

I fished the top of the pier and, using squid and bluey baits, it wasn’t long before the dogfish were feeding and I lost count of how many I caught.

I also caught a few thornback rays to 9lbs and a few whiting.

The rain started as I packed up, so all in all another very good session.

The Walton Pier Club fished their latest secret pairs match at the weekend. Seventeen anglers fished an afternoon high tide in the middle section of the pier and, with the sea having plenty of colour, hopes were high.

They certainly were not disappointed, weighing in a club record of 342 fish with whiting making up the majority along with dabs, pouting, rockling and the odd scorpion fish.

First place went to Joe Marvell and Scott Bobwell, with an aggregate weight of 16lb 5.5 oz.

Second spot went to Peter Harris and Dave Woods, with 15lb 3oz, and third to Dan Winter (drawn last) 14lb 2oz.

Colchester Sea Angling Club fished the final round of their Colchester Bait and Tackle Evening League matches on the Clacton beaches.

It was a busy night, despite being a one rod only match.

Neil Cocks weighed in 13lb 8oz of whiting for top spot.

Second place went to Lawrence Chisnall, with 10lb 2oz, and third to Russ Cole, with 8lb 4oz.

The winner of the league series was Lawrence Chisnall.

The runner-up was Neil Cocks and Phil Buy was third.

Special thanks go to Kevan Martin, from Colchester Bait and Tackle, for sponsoring this series of matches.

The high tides for the weekend are 8.16am on Saturday and 9.18am on Sunday.