A quick update on where to fish today

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · May 11, 2014

As promised, I have done an update to let people know what options you have for fishing today.

As you can imagine Chesil is pretty much unfishable, but reports coming in from a number of marks indicate that all is not lost.

Preston Beach is fishing well for small Bass, Flounder and small Rays.

West Bay harbour, Weymouth Harbour and the North Wall at Lyme Regis are all fishable. You are unlikely to catch any specimen sized fish there but you should catch some fish.

Seaton is producing some Rays and giving a bit of shelter from the wind.

Sea Conditions: 

Water temperature 12 °c.

Chesil Beach: Unfishable.

Portland: 2.5m waves with only the higher ledges safe to fish.

Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water

Weymouth Bay: short surf with  lightly coloured water.

Full report and forecast tomorrow.

Chesil Beach forecast: Forget it! Only a mad man would attempt to fish Chesil today.

Portland: Rougher conditions are never good for the Wrasse or Pollock fishing on the Island. However it does encourage species such as Bass and Bull Huss that prefer these conditions. Large fish baits on a rotten bottom rig work well.

Portland Harbour: There are Garfish and a few Bass in the harbour that can be targeted on lures. Use lugworm or Ragworm to target Bass and Flounder. Small Wrasse can normally be caught from the small reefs around Sandsfoot.

Weymouth Bay: Weymouth bay is always a good back up mark in westerly winds. FLounder, Dabs, Rays and Bass are always on the cards at Preston. The piers will produce Pout, Pollock, Wrasse and Scorpion Fish. Reports suggest that this is one of the better marks for Mackerel at the moment. Remember that feathering from either of the piers is prohibited. However use a float fished strip of Mackerel for Garfish, Pollock and Mackerel. 

Still very little sign of Mullet.

Guiding & Lessons: With the fishing season well under way I am taking bookings for lure and bait fishing guided sessions. I am also offering 2 hour long fishing workshops, for those wanting to learn some of the basic techniques.  Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to [email protected]

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2 Responses to "A quick update on where to fish today"
  1. steve the stonemason says:

    lure fished preston beach monday late after noon not a touch but
    spook to a few anglers that had caught small bass and flouder
    water not very clear good old may

    • Sean McSeveny Sean McSeveny says:

      I have to admit that Preston Beach is not one of my favourite spots to lure fish. When the fishing is good there it is normally when the water is coloured, and not good for lure fishing. Having said that, I think an early morning session might work there.

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