I know that Plaice fishing is in the forefront of most anglers mind at the moment, and I am certain that it is going to be busy from Abbotsbury to Cogden this weekend. With this in mind I have written a separate article just on Plaice which you can find at the bottom of the page, or from this Plaice link. I am heading off to Abbotsbury, to try for a few Plaice as soon as I have finished writing this 🙂
So I am not going to dwell too much on Plaice, but rather I will look at what else is around. I was happy to see a post on my Facebook page from Kelvin SPear, who has been trying for a few early species on lures. He fished at West Bexington and managed to get a lovely Sea Trout on a Dexter type wedge.
I am happy to announce the winners for the reel and lure competition that we ran last month:
The winner of the reel is Ben Wallbridge, and the lure winner is john McDonald, we will email you to get your details and get your prize in the post. We will be running more competitions in the future for those that are subscribed to the site.
I have not been on the beach much at all this year, and to keep me out of mischief I have been filming a load of videos that I will release over the next few months. If you want to see a video on anything in particular, let me know and I will add it to the list, if it’s not already on there. I will be releasing a Plaice fishing one and a Wrasse fishing one next, with a bait video on how to gather and prepare Razor Clams. This is my latest, it is on Pike fishing, I know a lot of you are sea anglers, but I hope this one showcases the type of video quality we are aiming for
Sea Conditions: Water temperature 8.3°c
Chesil Beach: Calm and clear water.
Portland: Calm and clear water.
Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water
Chesil Beach forecast: Well I am heading for Abbotsbury in a few minutes, so I should miss the weekend mayhem, but I hope it will produce. THe best time to catch a plaice on a big tide is during the slack water periods, so make sure you are there for low or high water if you can. I know it sounds mad, but its worth having a cast or two for some Mackerel. They will show up in a few weeks, but sometimes you get them early.
Portland: Pollock fishing should pick up towards the end of the week as the tides pick up. With the water temperature starting to increase, then more Wrasse will move in. They will be hungry, so some good sport is possible.
Portland Harbour: Still pretty quite in the habour, but a few Flounder are being caught.
Weymouth Bay: Lots of small Pollock and Whiting still around on the piers. Expect to see some returning Flounder amongst the Dabs at Preston.
Guiding: I am now taking bookings for plaice trips as well as some basic fishing workshops for the next month. In the workshops I teach all sorts of skills, that will give you a good grounding for your fishing adventures for the rest of the year. I am happy to do lure or bait sessions and the workshops are 2 hours lonng and limitied to 3 people. If you are thinking about booking a guided lure or bait session for the later on in the year, then now is the best time to do it, to grab the best tides.
This year we will be offering boat guiding sessions from your own boat, from Weymouth and Portland and shore guiding in the Poole and Purbeck area. If you want more details then drop me an email to [email protected]