Well thats another weekend passed without much being caught. The PLaice were even scarcer that I thought they might be. But they are starting to show to the East, so they will be with us in a couple of weeks. I still think that the next set of spring tides will be when we start to see them.
Wrasse fishing we pretty good with a few lure fanatics targeting some nice Ballan Wrasse from the east side of Portland Bill. The biggest weighed in at just under 4lb. I hope to have a try for them later in the week, if I have the time, as I am hoping to get out for some Trout fishing. I will leave you with a picture of one I had last year.
One of my friends spent all day fishing West Bexington on Saturday in the hope of a Plaice of two. All he managed were a couple of small Whiting. He decided to give Ferrybridge a go on Sunday and ended up with some Dogfish, Pollock and Codling.
I have noticed a small but steady increase in the water temperature over the past week. It has risen to 8°c. now. Once it hits 9°c. thats when things will start to liven up. With each day getting longer, and a few sunny days forecast, it wont be long.
For those interested in lure fishing, I have an interesting article about lure colours that I will put up tomorrow.
Water temperature 8°c.
Chesil Beach: Small swell and almost clear water.
Portland: Small swell with clear water
Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water
Chesil Beach forecast: We are still on some big tides for the next couple of days, so the chance of getting an early Plaice is still there. As it was proved are some Codling. There seems to be plenty of Dogfish on the beach, especially at night. If you do head to West Bexington or one of the other Western Beaches don’t forget to try in close with small lugworm baits for Dabs.
Portland: With very good water clarity, the Pollock and Wrasse fishing should be reasonable for this time of year. I think the colder months are better for Pollock than the summer ones. I have been making some lures to target the Pollock, which I am trying to make a video of. Watch this space!
Portland Harbour: I had a look to see if I could spot the first of the Mullet returning this weekend. Unfortunately they have not come back yet.
Weymouth Bay: Reports suggest that Preston is producing some reasonable sized Whiting still, as well as a few Dabs and FLounder. It will provide good shelter on Monday and Tuesday. As the wind switches to the East, the surf will pick up on this beach making it a lot more difficult to fish.
The piers as always will produce plenty of small Pollock, Pout and Wrasse. There is always the chance of some Herring.
Guiding: At this time of year, the guiding is pretty quite, so I normally use this time to do some basic fishing workshops. In these I teach all sorts of skills, that will give you a good grounding for your fishing adventures for the erst of the year. I am happy to do lure or bait sessions and the workshops are 2 hours lonng and limitied to 3 people. If you are thinking about booking a guided lure or bait session for the later on in the year, then now is the best time to do it, to grab the best tides.
This year we will be offering boat guiding sessions from your own boat, from Weymouth and Portland and shore guiding in the Poole and Purbeck area. If you want more details then drop me an email to [email protected]