Tuna off Portland

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · September 22, 2014

For a couple of weeks now I have been hearing reports about Tuna being caught on the south coast, and this weekend I was lucky enough to actually witness one. I have spent most of the weekend fishing on the boat, with our main target being Bream, Plaice and Bass. Although I was guiding someone in their own boat, we were having a bit of a mini competition with Liam Procter, one of the skippers on one of the commercial Bass boats. The aim was to catch as many different species as possible. We did very well with plenty of different species and some nice Bream. I managed to land the biggest Scad I have seen, which went just under 2lb. However Liam decided to go one better. As well as Bream, Plaice, Gurnard, Pollock and Cod, all from within casting distance of the shore off Portland, he managed to catch a Bonito, whilst feathering. Even though it was only the size of a Mackerel, it went like a rocket. He said that several others followed it up. It really does look like Tuna may be a more frequent visitor to our shores in the future.

Bonito

Fishing from the shore has been very good over the weekend with plenty of Bream, Gurnard, Red Mullet and even a few Bass making an appearance. photo 2

photo 1

I will be spending the day filming on Chesil today. I hope to make a video on how to catch Garfish. They are around in good numbers at the moment, and they really can be easy to catch. You dont have to cast far and the set up is simple. Just use a bubble float a 12 to 18 inch hook length and a size 2 or smaller hook baited with a strip of Mackerel. Hopefully the Garfish will play ball and I will be able to put up the video later in the week.

It is a good idea to check back regularly this week, as I have something new almost every day, starting with an article on Mullet fishing tomorrow.

Sea Conditions:

Water temperature 17.8 °c.

Chesil Beach: Flat calm and clear.

Portland: Calm and clear

Portland Harbour: calm with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: Fantastic fishing to be had from Chesil. Bream, Gurnard, Red Mullet, Garfish, Mackerel and Bass to name a few. The Cod are still around, and with some nice tides this week, I would expect to see Smoothound and Rays.

It would not be unusual to see a few Sole being caught this week. Conditions are almost perfect, with calm clear waters. They are normally targeted at night, but can be caught during the day as well. Lugworm on a size 4 hook cast out no more than 80yds is normally the best tactic. Best marks are Cogden and West Bexington for Sole.

Portland: Talking of Sole, Church Ope Cove is another mark that can produce some nice Sole in September. I know it can be a bit of a tackle graveyard there, but if you keep between the centre of the beach and the old winch on the beach to the left, you should get your tackle back. It is a good idea to use a simple running ledger. To show you what we mean, I made a short video with Gavin Tyte to demonstrate.

The Bill and Chesil Cove have been fishing very well for Wrasse. Regular contributor Fraser Munro, reports that the East side of Portland has been fishing reasonably well for Pollock and Wrasse on lures. He says that the East side is one of the few places that don’t seem to have been effected by the storms for Pollock fishing.

Portland Harbour: The Mullet are starting to shoal up into very large shoals in the deeper water in the harbour. This makes them easier to catch from the boat, and more difficult from the shore. The harbour is producing plenty of Scad and Garfish. I expect to see some Bass in the harbour this week.

Weymouth Bay: The piers have fished very well, with some nice sized Pollock, Garfish and Mackerel being landed. With a surf still running on Preston Beach you will have a very good chance of a Bass.

Guiding: I still have a few slots left between now and November, so if you are interested in lure or bait fishing over the next two most productive months of the year then drop me an email to guiding@fishingtails.co.uk

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One Response to "Tuna off Portland"
  1. Vic Worley says:

    Can`t believe that I travelled to Turkey (Antalya Region) to catch the bonito (local name Palamut) when they are swimming around off Portland.I can confirm that they do give good account of themselves on light gear!
    I would catch them on trolled Williamson jet feathers,rapala lures or shiny metal spoons.The best time for catching them was first and last light.

    Regards

    Vic (Avid Chesil Report reader).

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