I know there was a bit of a delay in getting the fishing forecast up today, but I was up at 5am this morning chasing Bass and I have only just got back at 1pm. It was a bit quiet and I would not normally have bothered getting up at that time for fishing over low water, but my friend was down from London and he wanted to have a last session before retuning home.He managed 7 Bass over 2 nights on lures. The best was ast night with one being around 3 1/2lb. I had a Bass follow my soft plastic Slug-go to right under my feet. I watched as I let the lure drop down the face of a large boulder and the Bass darted down to chase it. I felt a fish pick it up, so I waited for a few seconds and than lifted into a fish. The Bass shot of to my right but the hooked fish headed left, leavng me feeling utterly confused. It took ma a couple of seconds to realise I had hooked a different fish. This turned out to be a Wrasse around 4lb.
Not a bad Bass for my mate, but not a patch on the one that Mark Parfitt landed whilst he was on holiday locally at Freshwater Bay, neer Burton Bradstock. He used a full Calamari Squid in the surf to land a 12 1/2lb beast that almost ripped the rod from his hand. He also managed to catch plenty of Dogfish and some small Smoothound.
Following on from the my success guiding on Wednesday, it was my River Cottage Shoreline course yesterday on Chesil. Everyone had a great day with some fantastic food from the River Cottage chefs. The highlight for me was to see plenty of fish being caught. We managed some nice Bass, with a large one lost in the surf. Other species we managed to caught include Dabs, Smoothound and Pollock. The May water is back again I am afraid and this killed the Mackerel fishing. I did not see any one catch any Mackerel along the section of the beach that we were on.
Water temperature 13.4*c.
Chesil Beach: Calm with a fair bit of colour in the water, especially towards West Bexington
Portland: Calm with slightly coloured water
Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water.
Weymouth Bay: Calm with a slight tinge to the water.
Chesil Beach forecast: Well it looks like no or very few Mackerel again until the May water finally clears, which should be soon. Plenty of Smoothound, Bass, Dabs and Plaice on the beach, with some Bream and Gurnard expected. Towards the Portland end of the beach the water is a bit clearer so it is possible that some mackerel could be found. Wrasse and Pollock are likely to feature as you get close to Chesil Cove.
Portland: The water clarity should not effect the Wrasse fishing has been really good and I expect it to remain so. Lure fishing for Pollock, Mackerel and Garfish around the Bill has been very good, even during the day. As usual dawn and dusk are the best times of day for Pollock fishing.
Portland Harbour: Lots of bait fish in the harbour with plenty of bird activity. I spotted lots of Mullet cruising around the Marina and down in Castletown. Expect Flounders and Bass along Hamm Beach and all the way towards the sailing centre at Castle Cove. They can normally be caught on Ragworm.
Weymouth Bay: The Stone Pier has been a bit quite for the past couple of days. Hopefully now that the water has cleared the fishing will pick up again. The harbour is full of Mullet, mostly Thick Lipped, that can be caught on float fished bread.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org