What a great couple of days we have had weather wise, and with some lovely fish being landed what more could you ask for? The same again for the weekend would be my first answer! Unfortunately the wind is going to pick up during the day today and by tomorrow we will have a stiff Easterly wind. That doesn’t mean that they fishing wont be good, far from it. In fact it will open up a few venues that fish better with a bit of wind, especially for the Bass.
Wind forecast E 12mph increasing to E 20mph through out the day.
Water Temperature: 12*c Weymouth High Tide: 10.05pm, 1.99m
Chesil Beach: Very little swell with small wavelets. Water clarity is good
Portland Bill: Swell building throughout the day and medium sized waves on the East side. It will be more sheltered on the West side. Water clarity is mostly good, but weed will build in the bays on the East
Portland Harbour: Small waves building in strength by early evening, water is slightly coloured.
Weymouth Bay: Small waves building in strength by early afternoon. Water is coloured with sandy silt. Expect weed to build by this evening.
Chesil Beach forecast: Lots of Mackerel all along the beach and some nice Garfish showing from the Portland end, especially Chesil Cove and towards the Chesil Beach Road car park. Float fish thin strips of Mackerel on a size 4 or 6 Aberdeen pattern hook with a short trace. Also lots and lots of Dogfish, both at night and during the day. Gurnards starting to show more regularly along from Chesil Beach car park on Portland Road, Weymouth. Bream have not turned up in significant numbers, but the odd one or two are showing. With better tides expect to see more Plaice and Dabs on the beach at Abbotsbury and West Bexington. There is also a very good chance of a nice Ray from that end of the beach, especially with high water coinciding with darkness. Usual baits of Sandeel or Peeler crab will work.
Portland: Conditions are going to be a bit harder on these marks, unless you want to make the perilous journey down the West side around Blacknor in search of a nice Bull Huss. Depending on how dirty the water gets will depend on whether the Wrasse and Pollock will continue to feed. It wont put the Bass off and the numerous garfish that are there now never seem to bother about coloured water.
Portland Harbour: Could be a good mark for a Bass if you fancy going down to Sandsfoot as the tide floods. Keep it short and use Ragworm, Squid, Mackerel or Peeler Crab. There was a lot of weed on the shore along there yesterday and if that gets washed into the water then I would not bother, so make sure you have a look from the top before trundling all the way down there to be met with a weed blanket.
Weymouth Bay: A lot less weed in the Bay than at Sandsfoot, so Preston end of the beach could well produce a good Bass or Ray to bait.
Boats: Most of the Charter fleet will get out today and if the results from the rest of the week are anything to go by then you are in for a treat if you are lucky enough to have a place on one of the good ones. Chris Caines has had some cracking Plaice this week as have quite a few of the other boats. Bream fishing has also been very good. Small boats may well struggle to get out on to the Shambles or round to Lulworth this weekend. Kayak fishing in the harbour is the way to go! Easy to launch and with a bit of effort you can usually find a sheltered spot somewhere in the harbour that will get you some decent fish. I can’t wait till I get mine.
.Soap Box Time: I would love to say that this complaint was aimed at a tiny proportion of the fishermen that come down to Chesil, but unfortunately it is not, it seems that more than a few of you are guilty. So what are you idiots out there doing? When you go Mackerel bashing, is it really necessary to kill 50, 100, 200 Mackerel? Unless you are topping up your bait freezer for the year why are you killing so many fish? Mackerel are only good for 2 days as fresh fish and then only if you gut them on the beach. They are useless as a frozen fish unless you are going to defrost it on the beach and use it as bait. The oil content means the fish deteriorates very quickly and the flesh becomes soggy and tasteless.Are you trying to prove your manhood by bringing home hundreds of Mackerel and thrusting them on the neighbours, who don’t really want them because they have no idea how to prepare or even clean them. I have heard that story so many times, as well as the “my cat/dog/goldfish loves them. Get real you morons. Take what you will use either for bait or your own use.
I hear so many times about how the commercial fishermen are depleting all the fish stocks. Well to be honest they waste less Mackerel than the tinsel tossers who just want to land as many Mackerel as they can. Any idiot can land 200 Mackerel in a session when they are around. It is the better fisherman that brings home a dozen or so for the family and tells the neighbours how good the fishing is and that they should go and find out how much fun it is for themselves. Rant over and of you don’t like it then consider yourself part of the idiot brigade!