Will it be a Cod fest?

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · October 9, 2015

Lots of Cod have been caught from Chesil this week, and I am sure that many of you have planned to come down and have a go for them over the weekend. The question is will it be worth it?

I have fished all week and everyday has seen different conditions. I headed to Cogden on Tuesday, as I knew that the beach would be more coloured there as the wind picked up and churned up the shallower water. I was rewarded with lots of small Bass and the odd couple at 2 and 3lb, but most of the baits were stripped by the Shoolies in no time. THe night tides did start to produce the Cod and quite a few anglers had some good catches.

As the wind dropped on Wednesday and the sea conditions improved, it turned into a Cod fest, with anglers all along the beach catching lots of Cod. What was surprising was that the best bait seemed to be Ragworm and Squid cocktails. I fished next to Ben Collins and a couple of his friends, who had traveled over 2 hours to get to Chesil. They were well rewarded with 7 nice Cod.

Cod ben

Wednesday evening was even better with loads of reports of plenty of Cod all along the beach.

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Yesterday could not have been more different. No wind and a much calmer sea. During the early part of the morning the water was pretty coloured, but that rapidly cleared to leave a green tinge.

Chesil aerial

Fishing was very slow to say the least. By mid afternoon I was more confident in catching Bream than Cod, and that is exactly what happened. Even the night tides didn’t produce much other than Dogfish, Whiting and Pout. There was a few Cod caught, but nowhere near the numbers I expected.

The bad news is I really can’t see it being better today. In fact I would say the opposite. It should be ideal for Plaice and Bream, but the Cod won’t be around during the day and once again the numbers will be down at night.

With Easterly and North Easterly winds for the whole weekend, I think the forecast will be similar for Cod.

Sea Conditions: Water temperature 15.7°c

Chesil Beach: Calm with light colour in the water

Portland: Calm and almost clear water.

Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water

Weymouth Bay:Calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: As I mentioned earlier, don’t expect to catch loads of Cod this weekend. There will be some around and more so at night, but there will be a lot more Whiting and Pout around.

Day tides to the West should bring Gurnard, Mackerel, Garfish and Plaice. Numbers of Plaice have been good from West Bexington and Cogden.

Portland end will be good for larger Plaice, Bream and even some small Smoothound. Mackerel are still around in reasonable numbers and the Garfish are numerous. So even if you don’t get any Cod there are still some nice fish to be caught.

Portland: Wrasse fishing is really good at the moment. THey always feed hard after the water has been stirred up. Pollock should also show around the rocks, with lures taking most of them as usual.

Portland Harbour: I have seen lots of anglers fishing Portland Harbour with lures. Some nice catches of small Bass have been taken, but the bigger fish prefer to come in on the larger tides.

The area around Castletown has a lot of Mullet shoaling up in it.

Weymouth Bay: The piers will fish well for small species as usual, but the main target will be squid.


Due to a large number of requests I have freed up a number of additional dates for shore based guiding in the coming 3 months. August to November are by far the best months for fishing, and are normally my busiest times. I will be offering lure and bait fishing for a whole range of species including Bass, Pollock, Rays, Bream, Trigger Fish and Codling.

This year we will be offering boat guiding sessions from your own boat, from Weymouth and Portland and shore guiding in the Poole and Purbeck area. If you want more details then drop me an email to [email protected]

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7 Responses to "Will it be a Cod fest?"
  1. Avatar Dave says:

    Fished Abbotsbury Thursday during the day one small silver eel, a couple of pouting and a Shad, not sure If it was a Twaite or Allies, whilst feathering for mackerel. Took a photo and returned the Shad.

    How rare is it to catch a Shad here?

  2. Avatar John Harfitt says:

    Fished Abbotsbury yesterday with my mate Phil. It was very quiet and after 7 hours of having our bait robbed we had just decided to go whenPhil hooked into a beautiful 3-4 lb cod. Picture posted on my facebook page.

  3. Avatar Richard says:

    I fished Friday night 9th Oct , and to my surprise i caught a Common Smooth Hound, initially i thought i was on to a winning size Cod but then when i landed it, it was squirming like a dog but then when i got close up i realized what it was, i should have realized when the rod bent over and didn’t come back up and then also when it decided to swim off down the beach. Clearly the cold has not really set in yet, i did not see any Cod maybe next time. Well done to those who did!


  4. Avatar Paul B says:

    Keeping my eyes peeled on the site as I’m traveling down to Chesil on Wednesday from the West Midlands for a good long days fishing.
    Just don’t know what mark will be best, Chesil or west bex.
    Any tips plz shout!!!

    • Sean McSeveny Sean McSeveny says:

      If you want Bream, then head to the Portland end of Chesil, but if you fancy Plaice then West Bexington would be a better choice. I don’t see many Cod being caught this week.

    • Avatar Rob says:

      Hi Paul, how did you get on? I am travelling from the West Midlands (Sutton Coldfield) tomorrow Thursday till Monday, I go every other weekend, let me know when you are going again and we could meet up if you want?

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