Sorry for the lack of updates over the past couple of days and not finishing the LRF article I have been promising for ages. Unfortunately my Mac has died on me again, this time I think it is beyond repair, so I have borrowed my Son’s beat up laptop. Until I can recover some of the program’s and photos and get round to being able to afford a new Macbook or laptop I will be making limited postings.
On the whole Chesil has quietened down at the moment, but there are reports of a small but steady stream of very early Plaice coming from Cogden, Abbotsbury and West Bexington. Ray’s are also regularly showing at Seaton. One of my regular contributors, Bob,sent me a photo of a small Undulate that one of his friends had caught there on a recent session.
Chesil Beach: There is a pretty heavy swell running at the moment with 2m waves that are regularly exceeding 4m. The water is coloured from the fresh water run off from the hills behind West Bexington.
Portland: Waves up to 2m and clearer water.
Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water.
Weymouth Bay: Some small surf waves and the water has a bit of colour especially around the harbour entrance.
Chesil Beach forecast: With the exception of a few Plaice and plenty of Rockling, the beach is pretty quite. If I was going to fish the beach over the next few days I would head West and look to fish at Abbotsbury or West Bexington. The tides are dropping from springs to the better mid sized tides, which I prefer on Chesil for most species. If you are targeting the Plaice a lot of them are at long range. So make sure you use streamlined rigs and baits. O long flowing single clipped down trace baited with Peeler Crab, Mussels or Ragworm would be best.
Portland: Fishing around the West side and the Bill will be challenging with the large swell. Try the East side with Cheyne or Church Ope Cove giving the best chance of a Wrasse or Bull Huss. Night fishing may well produce a Conger
Portland Harbour: Another area that has gone very quite. All you can really hope to catch from here are Flounder at the moment.
Weymouth Bay: Stone Pier and Preston are still producing Whiting and plenty of Rockling.
Species Hunt: I think I will create an album to show the different species that I catch this year and see how many different ones I can catch. I know that species hunting is very popular on a number of forums. Why not join me and see what different fish you can catch over the year. I am going to set myself a target of 30 different species. Drop me an email and let me know your targets and how you get on throughout the year. I especially want to see your pictures of some of the more unusual species that you catch.
Guiding & Lessons: I know it is the heart of winter, but now is a good time to think about booking a 1 to 1 lesson or get on one of my fishing workshops. This will give you plenty of time to practice the techniques you learn before the fish turn up again in the spring. Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to [email protected]