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Whiting Galore

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The Cod may be gone from Chesil but the Whiting are certainly not. I don’t remember seeing so many Whiting on Chesil. Yesterday I fished with Fishing Tails photographer Gavin, at Cogden. I didn’t make it down until mid afternoon, but Gavin had been there since 10am. He called me as I was on the […]


A very small but welcome flounder

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For years now I have been looking to get the best out of my fishing catching the odd big fish obviously helps but I grew tired of skull dragging a 3oz pout in with 6oz of weight with a 13ft beachcaster, that’s just no fun! So to have more sport I wanted to scale down some […]

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A very disappointing weekend for most

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With hundreds of anglers fishing Chesil and conditions being almost perfect you would think that we would have seen loads of Cod caught. Unfortunately that was not the case. A few Cod were caught on Friday and Saturday night, but for most anglers it was the usual Pout, Dogfish and Whiting. There was no lack […]


Better order your bait, it is going to get busy

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Conditions are near perfect this morning on Chesil. There is still a strong surf running with waves and swell of almost 2m, so take care but the wind has dropped and switched to the North West. The water is coloured and the Cod are there. I went down at dusk yesterday for half an hour […]

A recent catch on his Delsol by one of my guiding guests!

More bad weather

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This strong South Westerly will continue to blow until Friday, which will make Chesil unfishable or most of the week. There is a chance that there will be a slight drop in wind this morning and the sea state will die down enough for me to get out and try for a couple of hours this […]

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Good news or Bad?

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Lets start with the good news! The weather did break for a short period yesterday morning and a few lucky anglers managed to get on the beach at just the right time. I did manage to fish at Abbotsbury, but I could not get through the huge packs of Whiting and Dogfish. Pennel rigs were […]

Lumi Lures with boat angler Allan Yates

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I make lures to catch fish Not To Catch Anglers !! that comment so winds me up for the simple reason anglers aren’t dummies but fortunately many will try something new if it puts fish in the box. Now I have that off my chest I can discuss why I’ve spent time developing illuminated lures. […]

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Southbourne Surprise

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After watching and waiting all the previous week for the weather to worsen it never happened . So last Saturday saw me with 200 prime lug and frozen cuttlefish and less than perfect conditions forecast for cod fishing. Coupled with that my usual fishing buddy Martin couldn’t make it due to work commitments; so again […]

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Tough Going

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With the arrival of a good South Westerly blow, that everyone has been waiting for, it was all about the Cod over the weekend. However as has been so typical recently the weather didn’t really play ball, which made fishing conditions tough to say the least. It really was about location, timing and perseverance, especially on […]

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The Cod are back

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I know that we have been catching Cod for a number of weeks now, but most of the time it has been after a decent blow. This week it has been different. It would seem that the Cod have come in as part of their normal winter feeding pattern. Despite far from ideal conditions there […]

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What are the best sea fishing websites in the UK

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According to Fishtec, Fishing Tails is one of the best sea fishing blogs in the country. We appreciate the thumbs up for our hard work and hope to get even better over the next year. There was good Cod fishing on Chesil as predicted. Chris Buxton fished just after the blow on Friday and was rewarded with […]

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A small window

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The winds we have had over the past 24 hours, have been strong enough to create some rough sea conditions. It is not enough to really stir things up, but it is enough to make fishing Chesil very interesting today and this evening (Friday). However by tomorrow morning the light SE winds will have calmed […]

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Chesil Beach Cod open results 2015

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I am sure a lot of you are interested to find out the results of this years Weymouth Angling Centre, Chesil Beach Cod Open competition. As I predicted on Friday, Chesil was not going to produce loads of Cod this weekend and the results proved that. 180 anglers fished the competition, with 19  of those […]

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We need a Westerly

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I would love to say that fishing this weekend is going to be brilliant, but I really don’t believe that it will be. We have very similar conditions on Saturday and Sunday, to those we experienced mid week. On Saturday we will see a stiff Westerly wind with rain that will drop off on Sunday. […]


Porbeagle Shark landed at Chesil Cove

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A 2m long Porbeagle shark was landed in Chesil Cove yesterday by a commercial fisherman. The shark became entangled in nets that were only 300m from the shore. Divers had reported seeing a shark in the Cove and on the Adelaide recently. It is not known if this is the same shark. It is unfortunate […]

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Drift fishing with boat angler Allan Yates Be Prepared

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Getting more and more requests from customers for lures and traces ready to fish out of the bag. I can understand why when you see some of the un-prepared anglers out on the charter boats missing so many drifts and lost fishing time because they hadn’t prepared rigs and lures for quick re-rigging when they […]


Another weekend of North Easterly wind

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Looks like we are set for another weekend of North Easterly winds. Not great news if you are after Cod, but not bad for those looking to get some Bream or Plaice. The North East wind keeps the sea reasonably calm and allows you to get a decent cast. The major downside is that it […]


Best laid plans

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As a matter of habit I’m always looking at the weather patterns and tides to try and pinpoint the best places and times to fish and collect bait. It was on Sunday that I spoke to my mate Martin saying that if the unsettled weather continued Chesil would be on fire this weekend for bass […]


On board Valkyrie 6 with boat angler Allan Yates

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Fishing out of Hayling Island many times in the past  millennium so I know the area quite well and recently this year I booked a place on the boat Valkyrie 6 with skipper and owner Glen Cairns who has many years of experience and local knowledge of the fishing grounds he frequents and is a […]

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Not Tuna but a great day out.

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I was supposed to be lure fishing for Tuna in Ancona in Italy over the weekend. Unfortunately due to the fallout from the hurricane that broke up over the Caribbean, the wind was too high for us to get out. Hopefully I am going to head over there in November. I was a bit depressed […]

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Will it be a Cod fest?

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Lots of Cod have been caught from Chesil this week, and I am sure that many of you have planned to come down and have a go for them over the weekend. The question is will it be worth it? I have fished all week and everyday has seen different conditions. I headed to Cogden […]

Red Mullet and Plaice

Can a tide be too big?

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Are spring tides the best tides to fish? We are just coming off the back of a set of very big spring tides ,that have left me wondering if such big tides are that good for fishing. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a good week guiding and fishing and I have had a […]


Squid fishing from Bournemouth Pier

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I was recently invited out on a squid fishing trip by an old fishingtails pal Marlon and having never really specifically fished for squid before I thought it would be fun to try for a new species. I had heard that some good catches had been made in the last week with ten or fifteen squid […]

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Mail order bait

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Times have changed and whether we like it or not, technology has vast become a huge part of our everyday lives. Internet shopping has become hugely popular within the UK with mounting pressure from work and bills, we as a nation struggle to find the time to spend, not only with our family and friends […]

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West is best

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Easterly winds, and clear water meant that the fishing on the Portland end of Chesil was a bit patchy to say the least, but the same conditions made it perfect for fishing Cogden. Lots of reports of Plaice from the Western end of Chesil. Cogden does seem to be holding a lot of Plaice this […]


Autumn fishing

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Like it or not, but Autumn has arrived. The nights are drawing in and the temperature is getting colder, but don’t let that get you down, Now is the best time of the year for sea fishing and this weekend promises to be a good one. The Bream fishing on Chesil is at it’s best […]

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Chesil is the Plaice

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Never mind the Cod, the Plaice fishing on Chesil has been really good recently. Pretty much as predicted, the Cod fishing was a lot slower than it had been just after the rough weather during the early part of last week. The water cleared pretty quickly and stayed clear, despite a fair sized swell on […]

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Cod fever

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Chesil Beach catch reports have been amazing this week, with loads of Cod caught all along Chesil and many other beaches along the south coast. I am sure many of you have been chomping at the bit to get down here this week in search of the Cod. Well I hate to be the bearer […]


Sole Man

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Sometimes I get this feeling It’s kind of hard to try and explain but it’s like this! You decide on a venue to fish. You consult the tide book for the optimum time to fish. You acquire the bait you need for your session. Everything is in place then right at the last minute, a […]

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Live update from Chesil Beach.

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I promised you earlier in the week, I would update the site as things changed, and windows of opportunity arose. Well you don’t get much more up to date than a report that I am writing from the beach right now. Conditions were perfect yesterday, and we will talk about them in a moment, but […]

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This is going to be a good week

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Whats the best conditions for Cod and Bass fishing? The conditions that we will experience over the next few days are almost perfect. We have decent sized tides, that are not too big, and weather that will be blowing hard one day, then backing off to leave windows of opportunity. It is those breaks in […]


Hidden Plaice

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As our own Sean McSeveny has pointed out in recent articles there seems to be a distinct lack of fish in some areas around the south coast. I myself spent 10 hours at Chesil beach with only one modest black bream on worm to show for my efforts. The makrel on the other hand were around […]

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Boat Fishing out of Poole on Rocket

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Going to kick off the 2015 boat fishing series of articles with one about the Rocket out of Poole which in fact was my last trip of 2014. The Rocket charter and dive boat is big ! plenty of fishing space as you can fish all round the wheelhouse and inside it’s comfortable with all […]


What has happened to the fishing??

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September and October are normally the best months for fishing in Dorset, but right now the fishing on Chesil is very poor. Even some of the best anglers are struggling to find any fish. I fished West Bexington yesterday, with some really good bait and didn’t have a single fish. The only thing I  witnessed […]


The high’s and low’s of Fishing

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What an eventful week. I kicked it off on Monday with a great short guiding session with Adrian Horne, who was after Bass. We certainly found the Bass, and he looks happy with this lovely in the picture below. It fell to a Gunfish surface lure and was one of several Bass, all around the […]


British Record Stingray caught and released on Chesil

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One of the biggest ever shore caught fish to be caught in England, was landed last night by Guy Spriggs from Chesil Beach. Guy who lives in Barnstable, Devon fished the Portland end of Chesil beach in search of Ray. He certainly found a Ray; weighing 78.6lb, this smashes the current record of 67lb 12oz.   […]


Boat Fishing With Allan Yates

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First post and a chance to introduce myself, I’ve been fishing since I was four years old with my father, who was both freshwater and an avid sea angler and I followed in his footsteps learning all the time and still am. I specialise in boat fishing, mainly wrecking and fishing on the drift with […]

Bass on a Gunfish

The best week of fishing this year

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When is the best time to fish Chesil Beach? Right now! is the answer. I can’t remember ever seeing so many anglers on Chesil as there was on Friday and saturday. From Chesil Cove to as far as I could see, there were anglers all along the beach. Is this the start of the Cod season? […]

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Cod and Bass, just as predicted!

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I predicted that we would see plenty of Cod and Bass on Thursday, when the sea settled after the blow on Tuesday and Wednesday. It seems on this occasion I got it spot on. I gave my friend Gavin a tip off as to where I thought he would manage some Cod from the Western […]

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Brilliant boat fishing

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It has been a while since I have done a boat report, but as the boat fishing has been even better than the shore fishing at the moment, I thought it was time to do a catch report. Trad Casey has been showing once again that you don’t need a fast boat, or have to […]

Grey Triggerfish

Fishing at its best

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We have now moved into the best fishing time of the year on the South coast. Fishing has been very good over the past few days, not just on Chesil, but a lot of other marks as well. At this time of year there is so much good fishing, I always have a problem deciding […]

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Stone Bass

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I love to see unusual and exotic species turning up around the shores of the UK. This week I had a message from Stuart McNab, who runs the charter boat Dev Ocean out of Milford Haven. He sent me a picture of a 12 1/2lb Stone Bass that was caught on his boat. Stone Bass […]


Carp fishing in France

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Last month I had the pleasure of joining several of my friends including my Dad on a carp fishing trip to Calvados in lower Normandy, France. We went to a lake called La Carrier which is renowned for its quantity as well as quality of Carp. The weather forecast for the week was fairly good, […]

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Summer Fishing around Poole at its best

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Although maybe the weather doesn’t reflect it. The fishing around the Poole areas is on fire at the moment. Me and my mate Martin have chosen to keep fishing the Southbourne beaches. Over the weekend we landed Sole, Red Mullet, Gurnard, Bream, Plaice as well as the usual Bass,  Smoothhound and Pout. Whilst none of […]


Plenty of Plaice

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Reports coming in from the weekend suggest that there was a lot of Plaice caught all along the beach. Unfortunately for most, they were at long range. The Mackerel however were not, as at times they were almost on the beach, as they chased shoals of White Bait onto the beach. I have heard from […]

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Looking good for the weekend

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Does Chesil Beach fish in a NW wind? Is the Mackerel season over? Where can I catch Undulate Rays on Chesil? These are just some of the questions I have been asked this week. I get sent hundreds of emails everyday asking various questions, unfortunately I do not have enough hours in the day to […]