The weather put quite a lot of people off fishing this weekend, which is a bit of a shame, as there was some nice fish landed. Plenty of Gurnard and a few nice Bream, were landed towards Portland. I fished at Ferrybridge on Saturday and as soon as the first spots of rain hit, the beach cleared. I would love to say that I was nice and dry in my waterproofs, but I would be lying. I recently boat a set of lightweight Shakespeare waterproofs to keep me dry during a summer shower, instead of wearing my heavier weight ones I use the rest of the year. What a waste of money! They leaked from every seem and I even tore them trying to put them on with my boots still on.
I will be back out again today in much windier conditions in the pursuit of some nice Chesil Bass. Conditions are almost perfect, with some nice surf churning up the shoreline and releasing lots of food into the water. Use fresh Peeler Crab, a whole squid or a Mackerel head, for your best chance of a big Bass. Take care though, because a rouge wave could easily sweep you out to sea. You don’t have to cast far, so keep well away from the waters edge.
If you want some where a bit more sheltered to take the kids today, then try one of the piers in Weymouth. I prefer the Stone Pier, as I think the variety of species there is better. You can catch Bream, Pout, Pollock, Wrasse and Flounder from there. If you float fish a small strip of Mackerel you can normally catch plenty of Mackerel and Garfish.
Water temperature 16.4*c.
Chesil Beach: Rough with 2m waves. The water is still pretty clear for the moment.
Portland: 2m waves on the West side, but the East side is a lot calmer. Water clarity is still good.
Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water.
Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water
Chesil Beach forecast: With casting distances going to be effected by 22mph plus winds, and a rough sea, most people will stay clear of the beach, unless they are targeting Bass. It will be possible to catch some Mackerel, but there are easier marks to fish for them today. Having said that, these conditions often tempt large Undulate Rays to come close to shore from West Bexington and Cogden.
Portland: The high water tide times for the next couple of days are great for a dusk lure fishing session for Pollock around Portland Bill. Day time tides will be good for Wrasse. I fished with lures on a number of days this week and managed a few fish. Still well down on last years numbers, but I love to lure fish. It is so much more mobile than bait fishing.
Portland Harbour: Fishing in the harbour has picked up with some nice Flounder and Bass coming out, from both shore and the boats. Brian Charlton managed this fine 5 1/2lb Bass from Sandsfoot sailing club area from his Kayak.
Weymouth Bay: Lots of variety from both piers and Preston Beach. A simple ledgered Ragworm straight down the pier wall can produce surprising results. Expect Pollock, Pout, Bream, Scorpion fish and Wrasse. If you float fish a strip of Mackerel then you should catch Mackerel, Garfish and Pollock. Head into the harbour if you want to try floating bread for the Mullet.
Preston Beach will produce flatfish and the odd Bass. It is a good mark when it is windy like today.
Poole Harbour: Poole harbour seems to be fishing really well at the moment. Our Poole regular, Leo and his mate Martin have been catching some lovely Mullet around the new bridge. He had a weeks holiday and managed to get out on his boat, where he caught plenty of Plaice from near the entrance. The harbour is full of Bass, but most of them are small schoolies. Please make sure that all Bass under 36cm are returned, in reality it would be good to see all Bass under 44cm returned, but I know a lot of people are unwilling to do that.
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]