Summer Cod and trigger fish

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · July 29, 2016

Summer fishing is well upon us and it seems that everyday the fishing just gets better. I reported on Monday about the Bream moving into the area. It looks like this could be one of the best years for Bream fishing in a long time. I have heard reports of catches of 10 or more Bream in a session, with many being close to 2lb. Dan Austen reported having 8 Bream and would have had more, had the Mackerel not kept hitting his baits on the way down. He says there was so many Mackerel, it was hard to get through them.


In a recent comment on Mondays Bream article, Clive reported fishing the Portland end of Chesil and landing 8 Bream on Ragworm and Squid. He also managed a Cod around 4lb. I know many of you think that Cod is only a winter species, but we often get a summer run of Cod. I have had two Cod from the boat, whilst fishing only a few hundred yards from the shore this week. The largest was around 12lb. I am pretty certain that we will see a few Cod from the shore this weekend.


The best catch of the week has to go to Harry Brake with his stunning 4lb Trigger fish.


With huge amounts of Mackerel all along the beach, you will get Bass chasing them. There have been a good number of 6lb Bass caught from the Bridging Camp and Moonfleet sections of Chesil. I fished West BExington first thing this morning and once again I was appalled by the number of Mackerel that were being taken by the MAJORITY of anglers. Well the next time you complain about the lack of Mackerel, It is because of your pig headed ignorance and inability to know when to stop. I hate it when I hear anglers boast that they had more than a 100 Mackerel. Unless you are putting some away in the freezer for bait, then you will never use the rest. I am sick to death of people saying that they take them for their neighbours. Unless you are going to clean and fillet them for your neighbours, almost all of those fish will end up in the bin.


Chesil Beach: slight swell with clear water

Portland: small swell with clear water

Portland harbour: Calm and clear water

Weymouth Bay: calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: The beach is on fire, Plaice, Bream, Trigger fish, Mackerel, Bass and Gurnard. All I can say is get out there and find a space. It is packed though, even early in the morning. The big problem will be trying to get through the Mackerel shoals.

It doesn’t matter which end of the beach you go there are fish all along it. The Portland end is better for Bream. Best baits are worms and Crab. Purely because anything shiny such as Mackerel or squid strip are not making it through the Mackerel shoals.

Portland: Expect Wrasse, Pollock, Garish and Bass from all round Portland.

Portland Harbour: The fish that everyone is after in the harbour is the elusive Gilthead Bream. If you can locate one Gilthead, you should get a few, as they tend to shoal up around a feature. Everyone has a theory on the best baits for Gilthead, but I like to use Mussels, Peeler Crab and lugworm.

There are several decent sized Bass shoals in the harbour. They move around with the tide all the time, hunting for food and chasing the bait fish. If you find a shoal you can expect some hectic sport, especially using lures.

Weymouth Bay: Lots of fish  coming from the piers. Night sessions at Preston and Bowleaze could well produce Rays and Bass

The piers will be pretty busy now that the school holidays have started. If you are looking to introduce your kids to fishing, then the piers are ideal starting places. They have lots of small fish that are really easy to catch, but you get plenty of decent fish in amongst them. Float fish a strip of Mackerel for Pollock, Garfish and Mackerel.

Guiding: The new guiding season is underway once again. Although we can only keep one Bass, we can certainly catch more. I am hoping that the winter fishing ban and the new commercial quotas, combined with an increase in the minimum landing size, will make for some great Bass fishing. I specialize in lure fishing and I am offering Fly fishing this year as well. I am still more than happy to go after the multitude of species in this area with bait, whether that is big Wrasse, explosive Smoothound fishing or targeting the tastier fish such as Plaice and Bream. If you want to book a session or find out more information drop me an email at [email protected]

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6 Responses to "Summer Cod and trigger fish"
  1. Avatar rich hyde says:

    Same here am sick of waste of mackerel I come from Coventry only kill 2 for bait keep up the good work

  2. Avatar Martin says:

    Sadly, the idiots don’t read blogs like this. The magazines could do more and it has to be said the SHOPS!!

  3. Avatar Garry Kimber says:

    I so agree with your comment about Mackeral and the numbers caught by individuals and taken ‘Home to eat/give to neighbours’. Mackeral to me is like Strawberries, they should be eaten fresh and only in the numbers that can be had thus. It’s the wait for the season and then the satisfaction of once again eating a fresh produce. Please only take as many as you can eat fresh. There is always next weekend.

  4. Avatar Rob H says:

    I am glad that you mentioned about ghe amount of Mackerel that have been taken,
    I suspect a lot of these are holiday makers and do not see a problem with it.
    They are a good fish to catch when nothing else is biting.

    • Sean McSeveny Sean McSeveny says:

      I wish I could say that they were holiday makers that didn’t know better, but the majority of them are not. All they are interested in is catching as many Mackerel as they can, then boasting about how many they have caught.

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