I was supposed to be lure fishing for Tuna in Ancona in Italy over the weekend. Unfortunately due to the fallout from the hurricane that broke up over the Caribbean, the wind was too high for us to get out. Hopefully I am going to head over there in November. I was a bit depressed especially when I seen some of the pictures of Tuna, that the guys were catching off Ireland. I had one consoling thought and that was Luke Pettis, skipper of Snapper out of Weymouth had contacted me earlier in the week, saying he had a couple of spaces left on the boat. He offered a Bream and rough ground session, with the chance of an Undulate; my nemesis fish!
To be honest the morning started off really slowly, we even struggled to get some Mackerel for bait. With the wind blowing from the North East most of the Weymouth charter fleet has decided to head round to the West Side and fish Blacknor or Stennis ledges. Luke opted to travel a little further West to break away from the pack.
As the morning turned to afternoon Luke was doing his utmost to find us fish other than Dogfish. We anchored up on a mark not too far offshore and straight from the start we were into Bream.
Then the fun began as species after species turned up. Bass, Mackerel, Pout, Dogfish and Conger made an appearance. I managed my first ever Ling, it was only small but I love catching a new species.
Almost all of the species were caught on Bream rigs. I decided I was going to go after an elusive (for me) Undulate Ray. I put on a big bait; two Squid and half a Mackerel on running 5/0 Pennel rig. I didn’t take long for a bite to develop. At first it looked like a Dogfish bite, but as I struck into it I realised that it was something much bigger, especially when it went off taking line. My first thought was it was a late season Tope. After a spirited fight we spotted some colour. It looked like a big Bullhuss, but as it came closer to the net, Luke shouted it was a big Cod, which he netted perfectly.
Luke was just about to net it, when one of the other anglers on the boat shouted that he had hooked into something big as well. This time we were sure it was a Tope as it screamed uptide. It was no Tope, but anotehr Cod that spat out a 2lb Bass as it came on board. Amazingly it was caught on a Bream rig; a strip of Squid and a size 2 hook. The fish weighed 19 and 21lb. Talk about being happy. I was beaming for hours.
It is not just from the boat that the Cod have been coming. I forecast last Friday that I didn’t think Chesil would produce loads of Cod, and I was right. There was a few Cod caught, but nowhere near as many as mid week. However if you are going to catch a Cod you may as well make it a proper one. Shaun Nutley landed this 13lb 5oz. Cod from Chesil. It was one of several fish that he had.
Sea Conditions: Water temperature 15.7°c
Chesil Beach: Calm with clear water
Portland: Calm with clear water.
Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water
Weymouth Bay: Small surf with lightly coloured water
Chesil Beach forecast: With NE winds continuing all week the chances of Cod are pretty slim during the day. I would expect to see a few during night tides along with Whiting, Pout and Dogfish. Medium sized tides are always good for Rays, which can show anywhere along the beach.
Daylight hours will produce Plaice from Cogden, Abbotsbury and West Bexington. Most of the Plaice at that end of the beach are around 1 1/2lb, but larger specimens can be caught at the far end of the bird sanctuary at Ferrybridge and towards bridging camp.
Mackerel are still showing along with Bream, especially towards the Portland end. Garfish are present all along the beach and are really easy to catch on a float fished strip of Mackerel. The beach can often throw up the odd rarer species as it did for David Cobb last week, when he caught this Shad.
Portland: October often produces Bass from all around Portland. Lure fishing from the rocks is by far the most productive method of catching them. You can often pick up Pollock and Wrasse at the same time. This month is also one of the last for large numbers of Wrasse on bait.
Portland Harbour: There has been Garfish, Pollock, Wrasse and Bass all caught in the Harbour the past few days. I have also seen anglers catch Flounder from Hamm beach.
Weymouth Bay: lots of different species still being caught from the piers with a few Squid. The easterly wind wont be that good for Squid fishing this week.
With a surf running on Preston Beach you have a good chance of a Bass.
Due to a large number of requests I have freed up a number of additional dates for shore based guiding in the coming 3 months. August to November are by far the best months for fishing, and are normally my busiest times. I will be offering lure and bait fishing for a whole range of species including Bass, Pollock, Rays, Bream, Trigger Fish and Codling.
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]