Plaice and Pollock in the spring sunshine

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · March 7, 2016

Plaice fishing was on the minds of many South coast anglers this weekend and with fairly light winds and sunny skies you couldn’t ask for much better conditions. I know that a surprising number were caught, which goes to prove that the early run has truly begun. The Plaice have been showing from Ferrybridge to Cogden, with West Bexington the best mark at the moment.

I was pleased to hear that both Pollock and Wrasse have been caught on Portland. The Wrasse are small, but I expect the larger ones to move in within the month.

Wrasse SP

The charter boats had a great weekend, with most of them getting out. Many headed offshore to target the wrecks. My friend Gavin Tyte smashed his PB with this stunning 20lb Pollock from Fins-up out of Portland.

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I am out on Sunday with Luke Pettis on Snapper. He has some spaces on both Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in going with him then give him a call on 07833 492948

Keep coming back this week, as we have some great articles from all over the world, including a couple of debut articles from two new writers.

Sea Conditions: Water temperature 8.4°c

Chesil Beach: Small swell, with almost clear water

Portland: 1m swells with lightly coloured water

Portland Harbour: calm and clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: There is no doubt that the Plaice have started to show and I am guessing that they are going to be the main target for most anglers fishing Chesil. The water has cleared nicely and with the exception of Wednesday, conditions look perfect for Plaice. I would also expect to see a few Herring shoals coming close to shore.

Night tides will produce Dogfish and Pout, with the chance of a Ray or even a Cod.

Portland: it is good to see the Wrasse and Pollock showing around the Bill. We have a couple of days of good tides around dusk, that will give you a good chance of a Pollock on a lure.

Portland Harbour: the harbour will be pretty quite, with a chance of the odd Flounde

Weymouth Bay: The piers will provide easy fishing with the chance of Herring, Pout and Pollock.

Preston Beach could produce Flounder and Dabs, with the chance of a Ray or two.

Guiding: With winter well and truly here the guiding for the next couple of months will be concentrated on Flounder, Wrasse and Whiting. However it wont be long before the Plaice return again and the first of the Mullet. It is advisable to book early for a guiding session this year. I am limiting my guides to 100 this year, which is a 30% drop from last year. I want to concentrate more on creating videos. However we can offer guided services in Poole and Plymouth, as well as the North East of England. If you would like to be a Fishing Tails guide then please contact us for more details.

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3 Responses to "Plaice and Pollock in the spring sunshine"
  1. Dave says:

    Hi Sean
    I’ve been keen to have a go at herrings for some years, but I live about 2 hours from Chesil, so nipping down for a few hours at short notice on the off chance is a tad impractical. I often come down to have at go at the mackerel in the summer and know how hit and miss it can be. Having no experience of herring, do they tend to stay around for just a very short period or do they hang around for several days once they’re in? Do you have to be able to hit the horizon to get into them or can an average caster reach them? Apologies for all the questions but any advice/tips you can give would be much appreciated.

    • Sean McSeveny Sean McSeveny says:

      Hi Dave.

      Unfortunately the Herring are much less predictable than the Mackerel. They can show at any time and go just as quickly.The early part of the mackerel run is when you normally find them

      • Dave says:

        Hello Sean

        Thanks for your reply. That’s what I was afraid of. Guess I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope that I’m in the right place on the right day! Sounds like most of my fishing trips!!!

        All the best.

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