Catch report & fishing forecast for Dorset including Chesil Beach, Portland & Weymouth

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · June 7, 2013

Despite the May water, fishing has been reasonable Dorset. Even the Mackerel seem to be around in good numbers at the Portland end of the beach. Sam Ritson sent me his entry for Fish of the Month it clearly shows that he was able to catch Mackerel despite the amy water.


I fished all day yesterday on lures and had a great day. Plenty of Wrasse on soft plastics around the Bill. I was amazed at the amount bait fish around. I spotted thousands of small Sandeel and the bird activity suggested that there was a lot of Bass around.

If the May water does not get too thick then fishing should be good this weekend. Nice tides and NE winds will make Chesil a pleasant option.

Sea Conditions: 

Water temperature 10.7*c.

Chesil Beach: Calm . The water is pretty coloured with May water all along the beach now.

Portland: calm with coloured water.

Portland Harbour: Wavelets and clear.

Weymouth Bay:  Wavelets with slightly coloured water.

Chesil Beach forecast: Having a look at the beach first thing this morning leads me to think that it could be a good day. Plaice are still coming in reasonable numbers down at Bexington with a few Bream starting to show on the Adelaide at Ferrybridge. Wrasse and Pollock are the main species being caught at the Portland end of the beach

Portland: Good Wrasse fishing and some nice Pollock around dusk. Lots of bait fish around the rocks. I would reccomend getting out with lures. Soft plastics will work for Wrasse, Pollock and Bass. 

Portland Harbour: Plenty of fish showing in the harbour now. Bass and Flounder from all along Hamm Beach and the marina area.

Weymouth Bay: This area has not been so badly effected by the may water yet. No great reports of anything special from there but the Stone Pier continues to produce lots of different species. Thin Lipped Mullet all seem to have moved up into Radipole, but there are a lot more Thick Lipped Mullet around now.

Guiding & Lessons: If you are looking for Bass guiding in Dorset or any other guiding, then I am opening up the diary again for the next 6 months. Now that they fish have started to show, I should have some good sessions.  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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6 Responses to "Catch report & fishing forecast for Dorset including Chesil Beach, Portland & Weymouth"
  1. Avatar Trevor smith says:

    Hi, Following your reports I went down to ferry bridge with the fly rod and had an entertaining couple of hours with the Gar Fish, few Bassy follows but nothing latched on….try again in the evenings.

    Keep up the reports



  2. Avatar John Coombs says:

    Please what is May Water??

    • Sean Sean says:

      It is an algae bloom the normally occurs in May, but due to the colder than normal water temperatures it is later this year.

  3. Avatar Brian says:

    water bloom, dense aquatic population of microscopic photosynthetic organisms produced by an abundance of nutrient salts in surface water, coupled with adequate sunlight for photosynthesis. The microorganisms or the toxic substances that they release may discolour the water, deplete its oxygen content, poison aquatic animals and waterfowl, and irritate the skin and respiratory tract of humans. Single species of algae, diatoms, or dinoflagellates, reproducing every few hours, may dominate a blooming population; the number of individuals per litre (quart) of water may range from 1,000 to 60 million.
    The scientific way of saying things, if it is the algae on Dorset waters?

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