When the wind is in the East, the fish bite the least!

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · April 20, 2015

As the saying goes “When the wind is in East the fish bite least!”
A lot has been written about why fish feed less during easterly winds. For me and the people who fish around Poole. I think it has less to do with fish feeding patterns, and more to do with the problems that easterly winds bring.
Any forecast with the East means cold uncomfortable wind blowing in your face and generally a lot stronger than the forecast predicts.Even walking around the top of the harbour shores the white horses of the waves could be seen everywhere.
Conditions in the boat are even worse during easterlies. When the tide isΒ  ebbing out in the the harbour the east wind blows the opposite direction creating a nasty wind against tide situation.
In and outside the harbour entrance all these forces are funnelled producing a horrible swell. Conditions that even the hardend Poole fishing fleet avoid due to its dangerous nature.
Midweek sandbanks continued to produce decent plaice and the odd small bass. Around other areas to the east good ray are being landed and on the boats some bream are starting to show.
Myself I wanted to have a go at some of the squid being caught recently. Up and down the coast.So it was back to the fishing tails motto.
HOW: Sean had covered the subject and following his lead. I set up one rod with a two hook paternoster. Instead of hooks I tied on two prawn imitation squid jigs. One I baited with a fillet of makrel whipped to the jig with bait elastic. The other unbaited. I set this up under a float fished just off the bottom. The other rod set up with a single jig set up to be fished on a simple sink and draw method.
WHERE: As described by Sean places like Weymouth pier and Boscombe pier are where the squid are being caught at the moment. Unfortunately for me Weymouth is a long way to go for a few hours fishing and Boscombe pier as far as I’m aware is private to all but a few fishing clubs. Bournemouth pier closes at 8pm.
So what to do? I trolled the Internet looking for clues about squid fishing near poole and came up with two venue’s. The first was sandbanks and the second Kimmeridge!
WHEN: l always thought that squid were caught in the winter but obviously from what I’ve seen over the Internet that’s not strictly true. From experience I knew that squid fish better over high water coinciding with dusk or dark on a calm flat sea.
So with this in mind I set off to the harbour entrance on sundown. Only to find I had missed high water and the spring tide was tearing passed me and out to sea. Not great squid fishing conditions. I thrashed the water for about an hour with the jig but it was no good. No squid!!

The following night I got my timing better and set off to Kimmeridge. The N.E wind had really picked up but I managed to find some shelter on the left of the bay. The water here is very shallow and my first cast saw my jigs float and line all snagged on the rocks. That was the end of that rod!

I persevered spinning with the single lure but with the constant bashing and bumping against the rocks it didn’t last long and within 30 minutes the lure had fallen to pieces. Once again squidless!! I feel a bit of a trend starting here!!

squid jig
I spoke to angler who fishes Kimmeridge quite regularly and he told me that shoals of squid had been spotted there. But not over the rocks but the patches of sand and gravel between the rocks on the opposite side of the bay. This was the side closed to the public as it is part of the armies Lulworth tank ranges. Not the place to be when those big guns start going off!!
Sand seems to be the key in squid fishing .Weymouth and Boscombe areΒ  places where squid are caught and both are situated on sandy beaches and the bottom is covered with a type of seaweed known as eelgrass. This type of eco system harbours all types of small fish, crabs and especially prawns. Perhaps that’s why the prawn style jig works so well.
The easterly winds are forecast to continue into next week. That’s not to say no fish will be caught at all! It will just be hard work for those hardy souls who do attempt it.


While I was fishing Kimmeridge I saw a few tell tell signs of mullet about. This is good news as mullet are a very underrated sport fish. We are very lucky to have some good mullet spots here in the harbour. This week I will be keeping an eye out for the first of these Sumner visitors.

Mullet Leo

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10 Responses to "When the wind is in the East, the fish bite the least!"
  1. Avatar Bennybluebag says:

    Hi Sean, any chance of putting the tide table somewhere up the top near the wind guru? I don’t know if it’s because I only ever use my phone instead of a pc but I have to scroll down through all the posts I’ve read weeks ago to get to the bottom to find your tide icon. Also tried Collecting some razors with the kids other day, we were not successfull but dug some blow lug whilst there and the kids enjoyed it, Hopefully the peeler collecting video will give us something new to try ????

    • It is indeed because you are viewing the site on your phone, the tides and wind guru are side by side on wider screens but on phones you see 1 column at a time so you have to scroll to bottom of first column to see the top of the second column where the tides are!

  2. Avatar Chris Perryman says:

    Hi, I’ve been following your reports for a few weeks now and I have to say that I find them very informative. I was thinking of trying for some plaice on Friday, probably Chesil but I wondered if Swanage bay was worth a try? or is Sandbanks a better bet? Hope you can help, many thanks, Chris.

    • Sean McSeveny Sean McSeveny says:

      It would seem as though Sandbanks and Chesil are fishing equally as well at the moment, with Sandbanks having the edge on the bigger spring tides

  3. Avatar Raab says:

    Hey Leo: If your still looking at going for squid-WHERE: I lost a couple last year whilst spinning for Bass/Mackerel around the dancing ledges area of the Purbecks. I manage to get one about a foot out of the water until it came off. Not surprising as it was only a toby spoon with one treble on. I’ve now got some squid lures to try this year!

  4. Avatar marc says:

    The squid are still about I had 15 in total last night until about 1am on boscombe pier it did give the young that stayed on with me last night 4 of them. Was easterly wind coming in but thankfully the council left the lights on one side of the pier and was shielded from it. Does anyone know how long the squid will be around at all as I’ve never known anyone to catch squid this time of year

  5. Avatar Bennybluebag says:

    Just a quickly to let you know Your website is not working properly. It’s fine on pc but on my phone it only partially loads the site, and no matter what I select from your menu it just takes me back to the same home page, been like it 2 or 3 days . Thought may be my phone but Just checked on mates and found the same. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for letting me know will test it now.

      • It worked on my iphone4 but it was running very slowly. We implemented a new caching product yesterday which might be causing the problem so I have switched it off for now. Could you please test on you phone and let me know how you get on. If it still fails I will need to know what phone you are using so I can investigate futher. Thanks.

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