A fantastic day to be out and about fishing, and that is exactly what I will be doing this afternoon. There have been some good reports of quite a few Bass being caught on lures and that is what I will be targeting. I just received a delivery of half a dozen Seaspin lures. They look fantastic, I can’t wait to try them out and hopefully prove that they are as good as they look. I will let you know how I get on with them. Some strange patterns on the beach at the moment. I am hearing of Cod and Whiting still being caught on night tides.
Wind forecast NW 12mph,
Water Temperature: 11.5*c Weymouth High Tide: 8.27pm, 2.06m
Chesil Beach: Calm with a slight ripple. Water clarity is good
Portland Bill: Calm with a slight ripple. Water clarity is good
Portland Harbour: Calm, water is slightly coloured.
Weymouth Bay: Calm with good water clarity.
Chesil Beach forecast: Lots of Mackerel all along the beach. Also lots and lots of Dogfish, both at night and during the day. Still Plaice and Dabs at West Bexington and Cogden. Some nice Rays expected with the tides starting to ease of a bit. Smoothounds seem to have deserted us for a bit, with just the odd one coming on crab baits. Talking of crabs, the spiders are around in pretty large numbers at the moment. You know they are around because your rig comes back with the hooks snipped off. A good tip to help combat this is to use braid hook lengths. This really helps to prevent the pesky critters from snipping through the snoods. It does not effect the bait presentation too much.
Portland: Great conditions for Pollock and Wrasse on worm or lure. The conditions will be good to try and target a Bass at dawn or dusk, as well as into darkness. Use large lures fished slowly, with darker colours working best.
Portland Harbour: Finally the water clarity is great and I can see lots of bird activity, indicating plenty of bait fish. This is when the harbour comes alive with Bass. Without a doubt lure fishing is the most effective method for these fish. However if you just fancy a lazy session then Ragworm or Peeler crab will produce.
Weymouth Bay: Stone Pier is fishing well at the moment with lots of different species being caught all the way along it.