Another weekend of fairly strong SW winds made fishing Chesil uncomfortable at best. There was a few fish that came from there, mostly Smoothounds and a few Mackerel. Most anglers opted to fish some of the more sheltered marks. Ollie Mears decided to fish West Bay harbour and landed several Flounder and a specimen Thin Lipped Mullet.
One mark that I continually comment on as being highly underrated, has once again proved that it should not be ignored. Preston Beach at the far end of Weymouth Bay is so often overlooked by anglers focusing on Chesil. It is a safe beach that offers plenty of shelter in strong South Westerly gales. Danny Hardwick took his young lads fishing on Preston yesterday. They went in search of some tiddlers to keep the kids amused. They had a steady run of Wrasse all day, then as darkness fell the Smoothounds and Schoolie Bass turned up.
It is great to see huge smiles on youngsters faces, when they catch fish.
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Chesil Beach: Rough with waves exceeding 2m with lightly coloured water
Portland: 2m Swell with lightly coloured water.
Portland harbour: calm and clear water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water
Chesil Beach forecast: I don’t see too many people getting out and fishing Chesil today. However the wind looks pretty good up until Friday, so there should be plenty of opportunity to get out for some Mackerel and Smoothound.
With the water carrying a bit of colour it may well produce a Ray or two. Use fish baits for the best chance of getting one.
Portland: The swell needs to drop off a bit before the Wrasse will happily feed again. Once they do they do, the fishing will be hectic. Expect bites within seconds, especially if you are using Ragworm.
We may see some Pollock, but they really prefer more settled and clear conditions.I would opt for Church Ope Cove as one of the top marks on the Island this week. You can often pick up Garfish in the bay as well as the odd Bass.
Portland Harbour: Still no sign of any Gilthead Bream and the Bass fishing has gone a bit quite within the harbour. I spoke to a diver over the weekend and he tells me that he has seen large numbers of Flounder and even a couple of Thornback Ray around Hamme Beach, all within casting distance.
Weymouth Bay: As I mentioned earlier, Preston is not a mark to overlook if you fancy a session with a good chance of a mixed bag of species. It can produce all sorts of Rays, Bream, Gurnard, Smoothound and Bass, as well as Wrasse and Mackerel.
Don’t forget the piers. If there are Flounder in Portland Harbour, you can bet there are some in Weymouth harbour. You have the added advantage of targeting Wrasse, Pollock, Garfish and Mackerel from the piers during the day.
Preston should produce some Gurnard, Dab and Flounder during the day, with the chance of Rays and Smoothound at night.
Guiding: The new guiding season is underway once again. Although we can’t keep any Bass at the moment, we can certainly catch them. 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]