Bait fish everywhere

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · September 2, 2014

We have now entered my favourite months in the fishing year. For the next three months the fishing will be at it’s best. This summer has been exceptional for a number of species including Bream, Gurnard, Red Mullet and surprisingly Cod. For the next couple of months the fish will be more prolific and bigger, as they feed up to put as much weight on as they can before heading offshore for the winter. cod bream

I want to share a picture with you of a fish that was caught by my friends son James McKendry. bonito

This is not the first one of these I have seen this year, we had one whilst feathering for Mackerel of Portland Bill, but it fell into the water before I had a chance to photograph it. Quite a few people have suggested that it is a Spanish or Chubb Mackerel, as shown in this illustration. 10629780_10204959974025422_6166112726158736230_n

I have seen quite a few Spanish Mackerel over the past few years, and I don’t think that it is one. One of the replies that I seen on James’s Facebook page that came from Wayne Frapple was that it may be a Juvenile Atlantic Bonito.

10612669_10204958986960746_1643819274013975512_nIt certainly looks like one to me. If that is the case then we could be ever closer to seeing regular catches of Tuna in this area. Bonito are not like the huge Bluefin Tuna, and only grow to around 12lb, but having caught them in Florida I can tell you they are spectacular fighters. I would love to hear your opinion.

It may be that the fishing is so good at the moment due to the amount of bait fish that seem to be around. I can’t remeber seeing so many as this year. That has to be a good sign.

Sea Conditions:

Water temperature 17.3 °c.

Chesil Beach: 1m swell with a medium chop, the water is almost clear.

Portland: 1m swell and lightly coloured water

Portland Harbour: calm with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with lightly coloured water.

Chesil Beach forecast: If you get the chance then this has to be one of the best marks to fish at the moment. there are loads of Mackerel and Scad all along the beach. Codling in good numbers from the Weymouth and Portland end of the beach. They seem to be getting bigger each week like this 4lb Codling from Ryan Casey.

Cod ryan

The Bream fishing is amazing at the moment with boat sized Bream being landed. Best bait is Ragworm tipped with Squid.

Portland: It is good to see more Pollock about again. I have had a few from the rocks in the past few days. Wrasse fishing has been exceptional as well this year and I can’t see it slacking off until November.

Portland Harbour: Fishing has been slow in the harbour with a few small Bass and Pollock being caught at Ferrybridge. There are plenty of Mullet around the sailing club at Sandsfoot and Castletown.

Weymouth Bay: Some good reports of Bass coming from Preston Beach, as well as Red Mullet, Dabs and Flounder. The piers are both fishing well, with lots of Mackerel and Garfish being caught on float fished Mackerel. Please observe the No Feathering rule on the pier. If this is continually abused we may lose the use of the pier for fishing.

Guiding: I still have a few slots left between now and October, so if you are interested in lure or bait fishing drop me an email to [email protected]

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One Response to "Bait fish everywhere"
  1. Ben says:

    Atlantic bonito 99.9% sure. More of them have been caught further West and been positively identified.

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