The last Cod session of winter; live updates from the beach.

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · January 16, 2015

This weekend may well be the last decent fishing session of the winter, and even then there are no guarantee’s. This is a quick report this morning, as iI am actually writing it sat on Chesil. The conditions are perfect. Coloured water, almost no wind, and only about 1m waves. The only thing missing so far are the fish. I even managed to get some live Peeler.


This is a video I shot first thing this morning (Friday 16th)

Having been here for an hour without a bite already, is a little bit worrying. There is every chance that the Cod have moved on. The fact that Rockling are starting to be caught in numbers is normally the sign that the fishing has come to an end until the Plaice return in the spring. I will be giving almost live updates from my Facebook page today and I am still looking for my 300th Codling this season. This is the link to my Facebook page Fishing Tails

Those of you that are hoping to get out at the weekend, I wish you luck. I think the beaches will be pretty busy. I am not certain how they fishing will be by Sunday, but I don’t think it will be great.

beach chesil


Just to let you know Aldi will be selling a range of clothing for fishing, starting on Sunday. As usual with Aldi you get some great bargains. I think I will get myself some of the padded trousers, as mine have finally given up on me. MENS PADDED FISHING TROUSER (3)

Sea Conditions:

Water temperature 10.2 °c.

In my opinion it is unfishable

Portland:  Rough on the West side and 2m swells on the East, with coloured water, clearing towards Weymouth Bay.

Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Wavelets with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: In the few small windows of opportunity that you might get you will have a good chance of Codling and Rays. Whiting, Pout and Dogfish will also be present.

Portland: Coloured water will make good Bull Huss fishing for today and tomorrow, but as the water clears then the Wrasse should start to feed again. Wrasse fishing is normally very good a few days after a storm.

Portland Harbour: Quite a few Flounder are showing in the harbour, and this is probably one of the last opportunities to pick up a Bass from the shore for a few months. The water temperature is falling close to 10 degrees and thats normally when they move off.

Weymouth Bay: The harbour and pier will produce some Flounder, but the piers will also produce Pout, Pollock Wrasse and Sea Scorpions. If yu like LRF then now is a good time to break out those super light weight rods and tackle and try for as many mini species as you can get.


Preston Beach and Bowleaze Cove will produce Flounder, Dab, Whiting and small Bass. Once again, short casts are much better than blasting a bait to the horizon on these marks.


Guiding: A new year and some new opportunities. I will be running Cod and Whiting sessions from the shore until at least the end of January. If you fancy a go for a big Wrasse then this is the time to book a guide for those. I will fish for them with both bait and lures. then drop me an email to [email protected]

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2 Responses to "The last Cod session of winter; live updates from the beach."
  1. Avatar scott husband says:

    Hi im from portsmouth and decide decided to give chesil one more try for the codling on sunday at the ferrybridge end . Started fishing about 07.30 and on my second cast caught a codling followed by a 3lb pollack as the day went on had quite a few good whiting and lost a codling of about 4lb as i pulled it up fish fell off and slid back into the water.Then about 3pm had a cracking bite and a huge slack liner struck into it and landed a cracking 16lb 10oz cod . Fished till 10pm and managed to land another 2 codling . All the fish were caught on a pennel pulley rig on blow lug. Will send you a photo when i know how to. ps most of the day was the only one on the beach cheers scott

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