What has happened to the fishing?

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · November 11, 2013

There was plenty of fish around last weekend, but very few of them were exciting. Out of the hundreds of anglers that fished over the weekend only a handful managed anything other the Dogfish or Pout. Even the top guys fishing the Samalite League at West Bexington struggled to get through the Pout and Dogfish. Out of 24 top match anglers, only one of them managed a Codling. A few had Sole and Dabs, with some Whiting and Pout making up the bags. The wining bags were over 30lb, showing that there was plenty of fish to be caught.

I fished down at the Ferrybridge end, and became very frustrated with catching Pout. I wouldn’t have minded but at a £1 a Peeler Crab, I didn’t exactly feel like I was getting value for money. I fished with a number of my mates and only one of them managed to catch anything other than Pout. Chris managed a small Bass and gave us all some hope that we might get something decent.

Chris Bass

I have something a bit different for you today. Over the past few months I have been considering doing a video forecast from a fishing location, so this weekend I decided to try it out. I will warn you in advance that it is not great quality, I especially had a lot of problems with the audio, and in the end I mostly used the audio directly from the camera. This was effected by wind noise, so I do apologise. However I wanted to get some feedback on the format and whether or not is something you want to see more of in the future. It is not designed to replace the more frequent catch reports and forecast, but the idea is to give a broader view of what may happen over the following week. I will also try to do a tip of the week, so if you want me to demonstrate something then let me know and I will try and fit it in. What I really want is feedback. If you like it let me know and I will do more better quality ones. They will go on my Youtube Channel so you can get to them directly.

If you liked the video, then I am sure you will like some of the new ideas that I have. Tomorrow I will let you know about some of the new projects that are coming up and how you can become involved in them.

Sea Conditions: 

Water temperature 13.4*c.

Chesil Beach:  1.5m waves with coloured water

Portland: 1.5m swell with  coloured water.

Portland Harbour: Calm with mostly clear water

Weymouth Bay:  Calm with slightly coloured water

Chesil Beach forecast: I wish I could say that it was going to be great fishing, but it is hard going at the moment. I noticed that the winds are lighter for the next couple of days, which should settle the sea down a lot. I hope that the colour will drop out of the water and give us a last chance at a Bream or Plaice. I know that they can stay around until the end of November, but the recent conditions may have prompted them to move off early. The dirty water has meant that the Congers have felt safe enough to venture out into more open water during the day. They will be looking for small Pout and Whiting to ambush. There is a good chance of Whiting after dark.

 Portland: Now is the time for the larger Wrasse. If the water clears a bit more then they will still take soft plastic lures. If lure fishing is not for you then get yourself some hard back crab. Be prepared to lose some tackle and use fairly heavy gear to target the big Wrasse. I hope that the Pollock will be around when the water clears, as I am suffering withdrawal symptoms from lack of lure fishing.  

Portland Harbour: The harbour has fished consistently over the past couple of weeks.  A few decent Bass have been landed and I have spotted a lot of Garfish that are still around.

Weymouth Bay: I had a quick walk around Weymouth Harbour yesterday, and I was glad to see that there are still Mullet in the harbour. They seem to be Thick Lipped, so bread will be the best bait. The Stone Pier is still producing lots of smaller species, but I have heard that there are some nice size Flounder moving into the harbour.

Preston Beach still has lots of small Bass and Flounder all along it. One or two Sole have been caught there last week, along with Smoothound and Rays.

Guiding & Lessons: Even though the Bass fishing should run all the way through to mid December and maybe even later, depending on the water temperature, I will be mainly switching to guiding for winter species. Most of my trips will be Wrasse fishing for the large fish from rough ground, , or from the beaches for Cod and Whiting.   Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to [email protected]

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4 Responses to "What has happened to the fishing?"
  1. Bennybluebag says:

    Hi I thought your video was good
    As you mentioned the audio was shockingly bad at the start but was much improved by the end
    Good information about the black lug
    All in all pleasant viewing
    Will look forward to the next instalment

  2. Jon lyall says:

    Fished chesil thurs night/fri morn.few pout,whiting & pollock & a conger landed,also lost something big,had to run after rod to stop it being dragged into the sea!lost it about 15 yds from shore though.gutted.

  3. john says:

    I like your first video and look forward to watching more.

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