Calm seas, building tides and good water visibiity all combine to make great Squid fishing conditions. Both Weymouth pleasure and stone pier are good locations, as are the piers towards Bournemouth. Squid fishing isn’t limited to the piers as Christopher Luke found out whilst fishing in Chesil Cove.
The main question I am getting this week is, will Chesil be fishable over the weekend. The simple answer is yes. The wind will be mostly from the North which means that it won’t be in your face, but it will blow across the beach especially at the Ferrybridge end, and at Abbotsbury it will from over your shoulder. Unless of course it all changes, as it seems to do all the time at the moment.
I know a lot of you will be looking to target Cod, but they are still not really around in any great numbers. However there are still Gurnard, Garfish, Plaice and sole to be caught. Whiting are also appearing in numbers..
Sea Conditions: Water temperature 13.7°c
Chesil Beach: slight swell with lightly coloured water.
Portland: calm with clear water
Portland Harbour: Calm with water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water
Chesil Beach forecast: as I mentioned earlier it should be a mixed bag on Chesil this weekend. It is always worth putting a big bait out for a Cod and another out with a three hook flapper and some Ragworm and Mackerel to attract the other species.
Portland: this is the month for the big Wrasse. They are hungry and looking to put on weight for the winter. The big Wrasse like Hermit and hardback crabs, fished hard on the bottom. It is harsh on your tackle and expect losses so use a rotten bottom.
Portland Harbour: I have never seen so much bait fish in the harbour as there has been this week. There is still Mackerel in numbers around Sandsfoot, as well as some nice Bass.
Weymouth Bay: conditions are almost perfect for squid fishing from the piers. I have heard more reports of Undulate Rays coming from the pleasure pier, as well as the normal Pollock and Wrasse.
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]