The beach will be fishable with care from early evening today, and should fish well tomorrow during the day. Once darkness hits tomorrow (Saturday) I think you will struggle to get through the Whiting and Pout. The conditions will also be good for Bass and I would expect to see a couple of Conger caught. Basically forget going Christmas shopping tomorrow and head for Chesil instead. I am fairly certain that the best bait tomorrow will be Peeler Crab and live Hermits
Water temperature 12.7 °c.
Chesil Beach: Unfishable, but should be fishable and very rough from 4pm. Coloured water
Portland: Small 2.5m swell, with coloured water.
Portland Harbour: Wavelets with lightly coloured water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with lightly coloured water
Chesil Beach forecast: As soon as the beach becomes fishable there will be Codling fairly close in. There will also be Bass, and as it starts to calm down, the Whiting, Pout and Dogfish will move in.
Portland: One of the advantages of Portland is that even if Chesil is unfishable, you can still get to marks on the East side of the island that will produce fish. Cheyne, and Church Ope being the obvious ones. Though both marks are tackle graveyards. You can get Wrasse, Pollock, Bull Huss and Conger from both marks.
Portland Harbour: Not much in the harbour except for some Flounder and a few Bass. Having said that, it can be good for Bass right through to mid December, depending on the water temperature. It is also a good mark to fish when you get blown off Chesil.
Weymouth Bay: The main news in the bay is that the Squid are finally around in decent numbers. I hope to have an article on how to catch squid tomorrow.
Leo’s Poole report:
Went to lake pier beach on Saturday night. Got there at low water to dig some bait for the evening. Whilst it was low water we were able to study the bottom where we would be fishing. Noting all the little gulleys and sand bars. As soon as the tide came in we walked to the waters edge and fished the creeping incoming tide. Casting no more than ten yards out.
When the tide made fully we cast one rod as far we could one halfway out and one parallel with the beach about 20 yards out. The biggest flounder came at maximum distance and the other seven were caught mostly within 30 yards of the shoreline.
Interestingly most of the flounders caught close in were fairly small.
We also marked the spot where we had dug our bait. Casting in this area using the turned over mud as groundbait. It seemed to draw the smaller fish in.
Guiding: I still have a few slots left between now and the end of the year, 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 [email protected]