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

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · May 17, 2013

Mullet, Mullet everywhere and not a one to catch!      I have to apologise for how late in the day this post is, but I decided to go out and have a look at the most popular marks this morning. I found myself down at Weymouth Harbour again. I could not resist having another go for the Thin Lipped Mullet that were swimming around in large shoals. There was easily 500 or more fish around the Marina. Unfortunately most of them seem to have been i the centre between the main pontoons. The occasional small shoal would swim in to areas that were fishable. I spent a couple of very exciting hours catching a few. They were much harder to catch than yesterday  but that made it all the more pleasurable.

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They were all caught on a Mepp’s spinner with the treble hook cut of and replaced with a short length of Flurcarbon and a size 6 hook baited with Ragworm.  I was a bit of a fool, because as I was packing my LRF rod away I pushed the fine tip into the rod bag first and broke the tip section. So that was my lesson for the day. I am now on the look out for  new LRF rod.

Sea Conditions: 

Water temperature 10*c.

Chesil Beach: Calm with very little swell. The water is slightly coloured.

Portland: Calm with good water clarity.

Portland Harbour: Wavelets and clear.

Weymouth Bay: Wavelets with a slight tinge to the water.

Chesil Beach forecast: The beach is looking good today and should stay calm for the rest of the weekend. Water clarity is not fantastic, so that will have some effect on species like the Mackerel and Herring. If you are going to target the Plaice at Cogden or one of the other marks at the western end of the beach, then try adding beads to your rigs to give that bit more visual attraction. Ray ad Bass are starting to show up a bit more regularly now. Seaton ad Charmouth are the top Ray marks.

Portland:  Now the water has cleared conditions are good for Wrasse and Pollock on lures and bait. Soft pastics work well for the Wrasse, with hard lures such as Seaspin Leppe 22 and Megabass Metal X, working best for Pollock. It is more than possible to pick up mackerel and Garfish on the lures at the same time.

Portland Harbour: Still not had a chance to give the harbour a go myself, but I have heard of Bass being caught there on lures yesterday evening. A few small Pollock and Wrasse are around.

Weymouth Bay: The harbour and Stone Pier are fishing well. I did hear of a couple of Sea Trout being caught of Stone Pier. Preston Beach is likely to be a little quite at the moment.

Guiding & Lessons: If you are looking for Bass guiding in Dorset or any other guiding, then I am opening up the diary again for the next 6 months. Now that they fish have started to show, I should have some good sessions.  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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