You can hardly believe that it is July. Water temperatures are pretty much what they should be for the time of year, with a 1 deg jump last week. This set of spring tides should bring more Bass inshore especially into Portland Harbour. To be honest the conditions for the past 3 days have remained pretty much the same and although the forecast for tomorrow is for slightly lighter winds, the conditions will be the same then as well. I am working on the next generation of the website, as this format has become to over crowded. The new format will also give me the chance to put in the articles and reviews that I have been promising for ages now. If anyone has any ideas for new sections then please use the contact link and let me know. If it all goes wrong and the site goes down for a few days, just stick with me and I will get it up as soon as I can. If you join me on Facebook or Twitter, you will see when I do any updates. Click on the links above if you do want to.
Wind forecast SSW 22mph gusting 30mph.
Water Temperature: 15.3*c Weymouth High Tide: 6.18pm, 2.11m
Chesil Beach: Rough with a long surf line. Water is coloured but not too dirty
Portland Bill: Rough on the West side with a dangerous swell running. East side has a large swell. Water is fairly coloured
Portland Harbour: Wavelets, water is clear except at Ferrybridge on an ebb tide
Weymouth Bay: Preston end will have some surf and the water will hold some colour.
Chesil Beach forecast: The beach is fishable with care. There are a good number of Bass on the beach at the moment. Best bait for the Bass is Peeler, though the biggest caught over the weekend came on Lug worm, which I think is a very good but not very well used summer bait. No Mackerel fishing, the water is too coloured for those. Lots of Dogfish and Pout during the day and at night. With the bigger tides expect to see Smoothound from all along the beach, with some nice ones coming from West Bexington.
Portland Harbour: The Bass should have moved back in again with the larger tides. The water is clear enough for lure fishing which is the best method in the harbour. Plenty of Flounders from the shallow water areas. My friend Will Harding went out yesterday to target them using LRF (light rock fishing) techniques with lures and managed to have a very good session.
Weymouth Bay: Preston Beach could well fish for Bass as the wind has become more southerly. It is juniors night on the Stone Pier tonight and if the wind dies down a bit they should catch Wrasse, Mackerel, Garfish and Pollock.
Boat and Kayak fishing: Most of the Weymouth charter fleet have stayed in today, as it is very difficult to find shelter in a wind that is almost straight out of the South.