Fishing marks Hampshire: Magazine Lane

Scott Ling
  · Scott Ling  · July 26, 2016

Magazine lane can be found by using the postcode SO40 4UX and once you have arrived at this postcode if you follow the road all the way to the end,you will see a gravel car park to the left of you with a back drop  the containers ships and the docks.


Magazine lane or Maggy lane as some fishermen call it, can be fished by a novice fisherman or the most experienced fishermen, and is favoured when the weather conditions are poor for other venues as it will offer you shelter from a south westerly blow. On arrival you will find two beached sections one at either end of the wall and a walled section with the wall being favourited by my most anglers.




Having been and fished there at low tide and high tide you can get an idea where the best spots are to fish. Once fishing on the wall you will see when tide is on the up or down by the rocks in front you, these are all along the wall and they go out in front of you for about 30 feet. It can be relatively snaggy but by using lead lifts and a continuing reel on retrieval you can overcome this issue.

A lot of people say to use grips weights here but i have found that this adds to the snag so I always use a plain lead which on a bad day I have had to use up to to 6oz’s but at the end of it all, I have never lost any tackle.

Now it comes to the bait selection. Over the years of fishing Maggy lane, I have used every possible bait going but i have found the most productive bait is Ragworm, on a two or three hook flapper. Occasionally I will tip it with squid, which can be a very good choice. However like every venue it’s depends what you are on the hunt for.

13820657_10154246828150856_796300693_nThe species you are likely to catch down there are Pouting, Whiting,  Dogfish and the occasional Flounder off the beach section. I have also caught Rays, Bass, Eels, Sole and even a Shad from the railings on the walled section.

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5 Responses to "Fishing marks Hampshire: Magazine Lane"
  1. Avatar alan toze says:

    A very interesting article and one I wished I’d seen a year ago when I sat in Mayflower Gardens for three hours waiting for the IOW ferry.

  2. Avatar Jon Weston says:

    It is great for you fellow fisherman to hand down your experience to us less experienced fishermen out he, I thank you as I live inland I get down to the sea lees often than I would like and so do not always know where to ship or what to use. Thank you again.

    • Scott Ling Scott Ling says:

      i dont think you can go wrong for bait if you use rag squid or some sort of fish bait should get you some spieces

  3. Avatar mel davies says:

    great mark supurb bass fishing to pout live baits and some of the biggest winter channel whiting I have ever seen. lug is king in winter and a flooding tide seems best enjoy

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