Catch report & fishing forecast for Dorset including Chesil Beach, Portland & Weymouth

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · February 6, 2013

I have just had a look at Chesil and despite what the channel wave buoy’s are saying, Chesil is fishable. There is a bit of a swell but the surf run off is not too big. There is a lot of colour in the water, that might bring in the odd Cod that is still lurking around. Weymouth Pier and Preston are fishing better then Chesil at the moment.

Sea Conditions:

Chesil Beach: A 1.5m swell, the water is  coloured.

Portland: Waves up to 1.5m and coloured water

Portland Harbour: Wavelets with coloured water.

Weymouth Bay: Wavelets but the water has a bit of colour especially around the harbour entrance.

Chesil Beach forecast: I am not sure that I would bother with Chesil today. It should produce a few Rockling, Pout Dogfish and Dabs during the day. Night sessions will produce a few small Whiting. There are still a few Conger and Bull Huss coming from Chesil Cove area.

Portland: The water has cleared slightly which will suite the Wrasse that are still around. Portland is a good mark for several of the Rockling species that I will be targeting in the next couple of weeks. East side marks will still be good for Bull Huss and Pollock.

Portland Harbour: Another area that has gone very quite. All you can really hope to catch from here are Flounder at the moment.

Weymouth Bay: The piers are fishing well for Whiting, both during the day and at night. Plenty of Pout are also being caught with the odd Flounder and Pollock. Rockling are showing up in decent numbers for those looking for different species. Preston is good for Flounder and Whiting.

Poole Harbour: I am hearing more reports of School Bass being caught than Flounders. It looks like the Flounders have moved off to Spawn.

Species Hunt: I think I will create an album to show the different species that I catch this year and see how many different ones I can catch. I know that species hunting is very popular on a number of forums. Why not join me and see what different fish you can catch over the year. I am going to set myself a target of 30 different species. Drop me an email and let me know your targets and how you get on throughout the year. I especially want to see your pictures of some of the more unusual species that you catch.

Guiding & Lessons: I know it is the heart of winter, but now is a good time to think about booking a 1 to 1 lesson or get on one of my fishing workshops. This will give you plenty of time to practice the techniques you learn before the fish turn up again in the spring. 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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