Plaice and bait fish

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · September 23, 2016

Things are looking up again on Chesil, the bait fish have returned along with the mackerel and we have seen some impressive catches of Plaice and Sole. I even managed to catch Plaice myself

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As I mentioned earlier in the week they are at range. However they seem happy to take just about any bait put in front of them.

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Carl Mccormack had a great session with 11 Plaice and 3 Sole from the western end of the Beach

The really good news is the return of the bait fish. That will improve the fishing considerably. I am sure that is what the Cod have been waiting for. We could well see some Bass and Cod caught this weekend, especially as the wind gets up over the next few days. I am pretty sure that we will see more Bass than Cod, but I am happy to take anything.

Sea Conditions: Water temperature 17.9°c

Chesil Beach:  Calm with clear water. 

Portland: Calm with clear water. 

Portland Harbour: Calm and clear

Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: I am confident that Chesil will fish well over the next few days. With light winds this afternoon Mackerel and Garfish should be plentiful. For those that can cast a decent distance then Plaice and Sole have to be on the cards. 

As the winds pick up tomorrow, there is a good chance of a Bass at close range and as the water colours the Cod should move in to feed. Divers report seeing a number of Blonde and Undulate Rays towards the Portland end of the beach.

Portland: If you are looking for a good session on lures then Portland would be my first choice this weekend. Pollock, Wrasse, garfish and Bass are all possible, especially if you fish at dawn or dusk. A number of large Conger have been caught from the West side this week. As the tides drop off the chances are even better. 

Portland Harbour: The harbour should fish well this weekend and will give shelter from the wind. Expect Garfish, Bass, Pollock and Flounder.

Weymouth Bay: Plenty of action in the inner harbour with the Mullet. They are feeding aggressively at the moment. As usual the piers are fishing well.

Guiding: The new guiding season is underway once again. Although we can only keep one Bass, we can certainly catch more. I am hoping that the winter fishing ban and the new commercial quotas, combined with an increase in the minimum landing size, will make for some great Bass fishing. I specialize in lure fishing and I am offering Fly fishing this year as well. I am still more than happy to go after the multitude of species in this area with bait, whether that is big Wrasse, explosive Smoothound fishing or targeting the tastier fish such as Plaice and Bream. If you want to book a session or find out more information drop me an email at [email protected]

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  1. Scott husband says:

    Hi am having a weekend session at Chesil on the 7th October. Am hoping to pick up some plaice or early cod or bass could you please recommend where would be my best chance for them. Am fishing for 3 days so don’t mind different venues cheers Scott of Portsmouth

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