The effect of water temperature on fishing

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · May 23, 2014

The importance of water temperature on fishing can not be ignored. Temperature is one of the main triggers of fish movement and this is clearly evident this year. The water temperature is 2.4 degrees warmer at the moment that it was this time last year. Fishing over this same bank holiday last year was pretty poor. This year we have had some nice fish come in early, including Bream and Rays on Chesil. We have also had some nice sized Smoothound this week, as this picture of Ben Stockley holding an 8lb hound shows.

Ben Smoothound

Last year was very poor for species like Red Mullet and Trigger Fish, with above average water temperatures already, we may see a lot more of them this year.

Sea Conditions: 

Water temperature 12.9*c.

Chesil Beach: A bit choppy with 1m waves. The water is slightly coloured.

Portland: Small waves, with good water clarity.

Portland Harbour: Wavelets and clear water.

Weymouth Bay: Calm and clear.

Chesil Beach forecast: Mid sized tides and slightly choppy conditions are going to provide some good conditions for fishing Chesil today. The May water is not causing to many problems, but there is a bit at the Abottsbury and West Bexington end of the beach. It is a bit clearer towards Portland. I can see more Rays, Smoothounds and Bass being caught today. The baits that have worked over the past couple of days have been live Peeler and frozen Sandeel. Plenty of Mackerel down the Ferrybridge area.

Portland: Portland does not seem to be suffering from the May water at all at the moment. Water clarity is good and with only a small swell, conditions for Wrasse fishing are almost perfect. There is a good chance of picking up some nice Pollock of the Bill and towards the crane. White soft plastic lures such as Red Gills, Sidewinders and Savage Gear Sandeels work very well for the Pollock, and take the odd Bass as a bonus.

Portland Harbour: Finally some fish are showing in the harbour. Ragworm has taken quite a few Bass and Flounders recently from around Ferrybridge and along the Rodwell Trail. I will always favour lures in these conditions. Splashy surface lures or poppers work very well in small choppy wavelets.

Weymouth Bay: Stone Pier is fishing well. Mackerel and the first Garfish have been caught there, along with Pout, Pollock and Wrasse.

Guiding & Lessons: If you are looking for Bass guiding in Dorset or any other guiding, then I am opening up the diary again for the next 6 months. Now that they fish have started to show, I should have some good sessions.  Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to sean@fishingtails.co.uk

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One Response to "The effect of water temperature on fishing"
  1. Sean McSeveny Sean McSeveny says:

    Not all caught nothing Rey.

    I have seen some nice picture and reports of large Smoothound, plenty of Plaice, THornbacks and Undulate Rays and even some Sole. As usual Chesil is not an easy beach to fish. The fish are normally on specific marks. If you are 50yds from the mark you may as well be 50 miles from it. Keep trying different marks and when you find one that produces, make sure you can find it when you go back again.

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