The fishing reports for Dorset just seem to be getting better and better by the day. I thought it was good last weekend, but this week it has gone into top gear. The only fish that I have yet to hear about being caught is a Trigger Fish. Every other regular summer visitor is here and in good numbers. One of my mates fished Chesil yesterday and had over 20 Gurnard, as well as loads of Mackerel and Smoothound.
Boat fishing has been equally as good this week all along the coast. Trad Casey fishing on his boat Gypsy managed a lovely mixed bag with decent Tope and some stunning looking Undulate Rays.
Water temperature 18.6 °c.
Chesil Beach: Calm with clear water
Portland: Calm and clear water
Portland Harbour: calm with clear water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water.
Chesil Beach forecast:A stunning weekend ahead weather wise and hopefully the same can be said for the fishing. Expect to catch just about anything at the moment, including Cod. Mackerel are around in big numbers, as are shoals of Scad. The Bass move in to feed of these shoals and clean up all the Mackerel heads that people throw in after gutting their fish. Use one in very close and you have the chance of getting a big Bass. If you want Gurnard and Bream then head towards the Portland and Weymouth end of Chesil.
Portland: Some nice Pollock, Garfish and Wrasse being caught, especially around Portland Bill. I know that the boats are getting Bream close to the shore around the Island, so it may well be worth a go from the shore from them. FLoat fished strips of Mackerel or Squid, cut into small pieces will save you a lot of tackle. You can fish directly on the bottom, but you will lose lots of tackle.
Portland Harbour: Now is the time for Gilthead Bream. They can be caught on Mussels, Peeler Crab and Ragworm. However one of the better baits is lugworm. I have had them on the sandbars either side of the channel coming out of the Fleet at Ferrybridge. It is not unusual to pick up Bass at the same time.
There are some nice Mullet towards Castletown from the end of Portland Marina.
Weymouth Bay:Loads of fish being caught on both piers. I have yet to have a go for the Mullet in the harbour this year, but there looks like plenty to choose from.
Preston can often produce some nice Rays at this time of year. You are always in with the chance of a Bass, especially on the flood and over high water.
Lyme Regis: I have been going on about Monmouth Beach quite a bit this year. A friend of mine, Gavin Tyte had a go the other evening on a surface lure and managed this lovely 8lb 4oz. Bass.
Guiding: I still have a few slots left between now and October, so if you are interested in lure or bait fishing drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org