Chesil Beach is seventeen miles long and is known by its access points: starting from the Portland end, there is the cove at Chiswell, followed by the Masonic Hall, then Ferry Bridge, Bridging Camp. East Fleet, Moonfleet, Langton Herring, Abbotsbury, West Bexington, Cogden, Hive Beach and finally West Bay.

East Fleet, Moonfleet and Langton Herring require the use of a boat to cross the Fleet Lagoon, although land owners are making it increasingly difficult to cross their land. A boat would also be useful for the Bridging Camp so as to save that romp along the beach.


Good afternoon, it’s been three weeks since the last blog/report and a lot has happened. The weather has been absolutely perfect, most days have been completely cloudless, we’ve had good reports of Plaice at Abbotsbury, Fresh Water and West bay beach. We’ve heard of the odd bass, smooth hound and rays, mackerel have been pretty decent too, it seems like you really have to work for them though. Black Bream have started showing along the beach towards Portland, i hear Rays have been alright there too.

With all that in mind not everyone is catching, I’ve had people mention about how they’ve been struggling to catch fish, to that i say, just keep trying. It’s always good to get away from the car park section of the beach, to get away from the crowds! It’s never a good idea to fish with people casting side by side to each other, casting other each others lines, causing problems and getting frustrated. Not to mention the sound that travels underwater from all those people on that part of the beach and all the line in the water, it can’t be a good thing. Most of the time getting away from those crowds requires a walk on the shingle, but there are some spots like Abbotsbury beach where you can drive along the road at the back of the beach for a good mile or so, drop your gear off, drive back to the car park and walk back up. You cannot park along that road though, it’s too narrow. 

Unfortunately there are no guarantee’s with fishing, but trying to get away from the crowds will help.  

Best of luck to you all and tight lines!






Afternoon all, this past week and a half has been quite an exciting one, for a change. The weather calmed down, the May Water (plankton/Algae bloom) has cleared off and things are starting to come to life. Since last week we’ve had a number of reports of Smoothound, Plaice, Bass and all of the usual Ray species we see off Chesil.

One cracking report we heard of was towards the Dragon’s Teeth, 8 Smoothound and 2 Rays. Mackerel have been showing a bit more as well, not in the huge numbers we can experience in July and August but they’re being caught in good abundance, but you still have to work for them.

We have not heard much about spider crabs causing trouble recently but they’ll definitely be about.

And that’s that, bit of a shorter report than normal but i guess there’s only a few ways you can say something’s good. In fact it’s improved so much so that even I went down to Ferry bridge on the weekend to try my luck Mackereling and walked away with half a dozen nice ones for the dinner plate.

Tight lines!






Good afternoon, it’s time for another one of these, it’s been a little while, longer than expected but recently theres not been a whole lot to shout about so we’ll keep this one short and sweet.

First off, May water. the trend this month seems to have continued from last month, where we’re getting some really nice weather and day or two later its nasty again. But thanks to the nasty weather the May water seems to have mostly disappeared and driven most of the spider crabs into deeper water, for now.

The beach has still been quiet, there’s Smoothounds, Rays, Plaice and Bass around but not many people have been out fishing. And Mackerel seem to be passing through in small shoals still, some days we hear of people catching a good number in a short amount of time, but for the most part it’s two or three hear and there.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading, i’ll post an update soon when we have something to toot about, until then, take care and tight lines!








Good afternoon, it’s been a little while since we’ve posted one of these. The weather has been extremely up and down, one week it’s calm and warm and the next it’s gale force winds and heavy rain. With a combination of poor weather mixed with hit and miss fishing at Abbotsbury and West Bexington, it’s been fairly quiet for us.

Recently things have improved, Mackerel have been around in good numbers this weekend, although overall they’ve been very patchy so far this year.

Plaice are still being caught in good numbers and sizes at Cogden during the calmer weather and Sole and smoothound are starting to make a good show. We’re also seeing various Ray Species coming to fish baits along most of Chesil.

Spider Crab are finally here in force, we’ve had reports of many anglers losing hooks to the pests, but it’s not all bad, they do help bring in the smooth hound which have been caught on live peelers, so it’s not the end of the world.

May water is next, it’s been showing here and there in small patches during the sudden warm weather but then it almost vanishes and we don’t hear anything about it for a few weeks. It shouldn’t really effect the fishing too much, it may impact the Plaice fishing but Smooth hound and Ray don’t seem to mind it too much, you can even catch Sole during the day if the May water is really thick.

Just a few things we thought worth sharing.

Tight Lines.






After a slow start to the year with two weeks of back to back winds following Chesil’s “quiet” part of the year, its safe to say things are finally springing back into action, including us.

The week of calmer weather and murky water was slow to start off with, people gradually travelling down to see what they could pull out. We had reports of a few of the ray species and codling, along with a large amount of dogfish and big pouting. As the water started to clear up mid week we started to get reports of good numbers of good sized plaice from West Bexington and Cogdon and that continued into the weekend.

The Plaice that have been out have been of a good size and weight, and not the almost transparent appearance they don this time of year. With more warm and calm weather coming all week this week we can only hope this carries on, we all need it!






Since chirstmas there has been a good number of cod about in all shapes and sizes, the biggest one we heard of was around fifteen and half pounds. most reported have been of a smaller size, around four to six pounds.

Since then the cod have slowly been fading away, we think this could be due to shoals of small white bait spotted a mile off Portland.

Overall the weather has been very mild for this time of year as shown by reports of Black Bream, a summer species, being caught in and around chirstmas down at the Ferry Bridge part of Chesil Beach.

Also we’ve been hearing about a fair number of the various Ray Species being caught from the Checkpoint and towards Chesil Cove, West Bexington has also seen a small number of rays, but not in the same quantity as towards Portland. Even more recently we’ve had reports of early Plaice down at West Bay Beach.

Other than that there’s been the odd bass around and of course not forgetting the usual dogfish, pouting, whiting and boot straps (small conger eel).

And thus concludes Abbotsbury Fishing Tackles Report on recent catches, we will attempt to keep this up to date and post a new overall report here once every week or so. I must admit, we are coming to the end of the winter fishing season and in February we close for a few weeks.


Good luck everyone and tight lines!

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Another week another Abbotsbury Fishing Tackle catch report. Like last week, fishing seems to be slowing down a lot now, we’ve still been hearing reports about the odd cod and ray here and there, along with of course plenty of dogfish, pouting, whiting and boot straps (small conger eel).

But on the other side of things, we did get a report about garfish caught off Abbotsbury Beach during the week which is both unusual and incredibly early!! but then again its been a pretty odd season, it’s still rather mild down here with very little frost.

With all that in mind, we have decided to bring forward our holiday period to Sunday 20th January, that’s right, yesterday. We will be back on Monday 18th February  at 8.30am sorry for any inconvenience but even we need some time off, generally it’s the only time off we take during the year aside from christmas. We find this time of year perfect as not too many people are fishing so we can get away with taking time off while upsetting as fewer people as possible.

Best of luck and tight lines

Arran & Tom


Since last week we have noticed a steady decline in the number of anglers we see each day, as is expected from this time of year. However we did hear about about a fantastic report from a gentleman called Wayne Sage. Wayne has been hunting for his personal best Blonde Ray for thirty years and just last sunday, the day after our last fishing summery, he caught a 17lb Blonde Ray at the checkpoint, absolutely smashing his old record.

We’ve seen the odd report here and there of Cod being caught at various marks but the general feedback is, they are few and far between. We’ve had no news on anymore plaice just yet but it won’t be too long until they start appearing along the beach here, generally accompanied by shoals of Mackerel and Herring.

That’s all I’ve got this week, as I’ve mentioned, it has been pretty slow even when the days are calm.

Best of luck and tight lines!

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