It looks like we are in for a nice period of settled weather with light winds, at least until Saturday. The Tackle shop in Lyme Regis reports that one of their regular customers came in with an Atlantic Bonito Tuna that he had caught on a lure fishing for Bass. It weighed 6lb. Now that is an exciting prospect. It seems that the Squid might be here a little earlier than usual this year, which would explain the erratic fishing from the beach. Lots of pout around at night, which make up a large part of the Squids diet. It is time for me to try out the new squid imitation lure that I recently bought.
I was with a couple of clients yesterday on a short guiding session. Both were novice anglers and conditions on Chesil were a bit too blowy for them to be able to fish with their limited skills. I opted to head over the road to Hamm beach. With a few tips on casting and how to rig up a fresh Peeler crab, they were both casting a reasonable distance in no time. To top it off they managed a nice Bass of just under 4lb. Not bad for two hours.
Water Temperature: 16.8*c Weymouth High Tide: 9.47pm, 2.3m
Wind: NW 12mph
Chesil Beach: The beach has calmed down and there is just a small swell now, the water is clear.
Portland: small swell with clear water.
Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water.
Weymouth Bay: Calm and clear
Chesil Beach forecast: The beach is looking good this morning. I would be very hopeful that if you fish for a Bream you should be able to get one, especially down the Portland and Weymouth end of the beach. Ragworm tipped with Squid or Peeler Crab are good baits. Still some Plaice coming from Abbotsbury and to the right towards West Bexington. Night tides are producing hundreds of Pout and Dogfish, with the odd Smoothound in with them.
Portland: Should be good for Wrasse and Pollock but be careful of the swell when you are near the lower ledges. Fish at dusk tonight with high water only an hour away and you would be hard pushed not to catch Pollock if you use lures. White Sidewinders work really well.
Portland Harbour: Plenty of School Bass and Flounder in the harbour. There seems to be Garfish everywhere at the moment and the harbour is no exception. Lures and small strips of Mackerel float fished will get you an acrobatic Garfish.
Weymouth Bay: Lots of Mullet in the harbour and some of them are huge. They seem to be feeding quite aggressively before they move off to open water. Lots of different species coming from both piers, with sizeable Wrasse and Pollock on the Stone Pier. Some Smoothound and Sole were caught from Preston Beach last night, so it could well be worth a visit again tonight.
Boat & Kayak fishing: A great day for the boats today. Lots of Plaice being caught again on the banks and this is the best month for Black Bream. Some nice Undulate Rays showing on the mixed ground marks.
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