I was going to start today with a tutorial on how to rig Sandeels, but unfortunately the video I made is having a few problems being processed on Youtube. I should have it up later this morning all being well.
I had a lovely day yesterday fishing down at West Bexington with a couple of great anglers. Fellow guide Paul, and his friend Chris Ponsford, a very well known match fisherman and Barbel guide. The fish were not exactly thick on the ground, but we had a fair few including this double shot of Plaice and Dab for Chris.
All of Chris’s fish fell to small Ragworm, whilst I had better success with smelly old frozen Black Lugworm.
Whilst we were there I met Craig from Lyme Regis who was fishing next to me and was catching Herring. He had followed my tip from Wednesday and used Sabiki lures and a light set up to catch quite a few Herring. He also gave me pack of Sabiki’s to try and land some myself; Thanks Craig.
There were fewer mackerel down that end of the beach yesterday, but plenty were caught down the Ferrybridge and Portland end of Chesil.
Water temperature 8.5*c.
Chesil Beach: Calm . The water has a milky tinge to it.
Portland: Calm with almost clear water.
Portland Harbour: Calm and clear.
Weymouth Bay: Calm with a slight tinge to the water.
Chesil Beach forecast: Mackerel and Herring are going to be on the whole length of the beach. Smaller tides are not quite so good for the Plaice, but you should still see some landed. The periods after slack water will be when most of the fish will be caught. Most of the fish I seen caught yesterday were at range, even the Dabs. Tom from Abbotsbury Tackle told me that he had seen several pictures of Black Bream that had been caught at Abbotsbury. This is very early especially for Abbotsbury. Let’s hope that is a sign of things to come for the summer. Talking of summer fish,the Smoothounds are getting bigger with regular catches of 3lb fish being reported.It will be nice when the bigger ones start to show. As I am sure you know, live Peeler Crab and Hermits work best for the big Smoothounds.
Portland: Clear water and sunshine to warm the rocks, will make Portland an attractive choice. Wrasse and Pollock should be around in ever increasing numbers from now on. My prefered method is of course lures, but float fishing with Ragworm will be just as effective. I am heading down the Bill now to catch low water and hopefully a nice big Ballan Wrasse.
Portland Harbour: Still not much happening in the harbour, but the bait fish and prawns are starting to come in.
Weymouth Bay: The Stone Pier is producing some Pollock, Wrasse, Rockling, Pout and mini species. It will be possible to pick up Mackerel on float tactics any time now. Weymouth harbour is starting to have more Thick Lipped Mullet every day. The Thin Lipped Mullet will start to shoal up in there again.
Guiding & Lessons: At last I can see some light at the end of the tunnel for the Bass and other predators that love lures. I know they are not in yet, but they wont be far away, With that in mind, I will be filling up my diary for guiding sessions from the last week in May. Next Thursday is the next date for the River Cottage Shoreline course, and I believe there are still a couple of places left on it.. Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to firstname.lastname@example.org