LOCAL FISHING

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.

 2/9/19

Another week, another very short fish report. Mackerel still seem to be almost non-existent compared to a few weeks ago, Plaice and Sole are still coming out of Cogden and also down at the last cottages on Abbotsbury Beach. Still hearing about Black Bream, bass, rays and the odd codling from most spots on the beach (apart from infront of the car parks, that’s blank city), but overall things seem to be a little slow. All we can suggest at the moment is, make the most of the nice weather.

Tight lines!

 

 

 27/8/19

Afternoon all, bit of a slower week this week, had some good reports from Andrew Proudfoot and Kyle Blackmore, a couple of chesil regulars, of Plaice, Sole, Bream and rays. We’ve heard about a small number of cod during the night time at the weekend but for the most part it seems like things are getting a little quieter, Mackerel have seem to be hard going this weekend whether it’s due to the amount of people on the beach generating noise and sending them further out or the shoals just thinning out a little, either way they’re hard work at the moment.

We’re due another wind the weekend, might colour the water up a bit and bring some cod back in, or the forecast might change and we’ll get more of this lovely weather.

Just a short one again.

Tight lines!

 

 

19/8/19

Hi hi, it’s been a pretty good week since the last catch blog, Cod have been coming out pretty regular of all shapes and sizes, we’ve have none stop winds followed by calmer days followed by more wind and its kept that water the right sort of dirty for them. Mackerel on the other hand seem to have suffered, they don’t seem to be in the numbers they were before that storm which makes sense with the colour of the water. They are still there though, but don’t expect to catch hundreds.

On various baits we’ve been getting Bass, Rays, Black Bream, the odd Smouthound and of course cod. Been a lot of weed about too, pulled up from the storms and floating on the surface causing problems, but there’s still fish being caught.

Hopfully the Mackerel will start coming in again this week, it’s a bit lumpy today but the weather is suppose to calm down a lot this week, we might start seeing Plaice during the day and Sol at night, time will tell though.

 

Have a nice week all and tight lines!

 

 

 

 

 12/8/19

Good afternoon, it been another interesting week, Mackerel arrived in large numbers and ended up getting washed up onto the beach with small white bait mixed in. There’s been ALOT of bass about too, i posted one report on our Facebook page of someone catching eleven bass, biggest being 9 lb and the rest were between 4-5 lb. That’s not the only bass report we’ve heard about last week either, someone else had just under a dozen small bass, all too small to keep but bass non the less.

Cod seem to showing a bit more now, since we had that storm on the weekend we’ve had a couple reports of them during Sunday where the wind had calmed down enough to fish.

With the water still a very muddy colour mackerel have been very difficult today, we may not see them in big numbers until the water clears up and with more winds on the way, that could be a little while yet.

But at least its good cod conditions.

Tight Lines!

 

 

 5/8/19

Afternoon, just another quick report. That wind we had last week seemed to bring the Codling in, although mostly towards the Portland end of Chesil, near the Ferry Bridge. There’s been Black Bream about too at Abbotsbury over the weekend and good catches of Mackerel or all shapes and sizes.

And lastly there was a Tuna caught off the beach, I’m not sure what species, weight or location, but we do have a photo of it on our facebook page so feel free to speculate. To us, it looks like it was caught at West Bexington, but again, that’s more speculation than fact.

Anyway, sorry to make this one very short but that’s all the slightly new things we know at the moment.

Happy fishing and tight lines!

 

 

 

 29/7/19

 Evening all, hope everyone had a nice weekend, time for another catch report. Mackerel came in last week in good numbers again which is nice to see, but then we heard that those numbers have dropped off again over the weekend and today. Just goes to show they can be here one day and gone the next, you can’t predict them and you have to just keep trying!

In other news, we’re still hearing reports of Plaice, bass, rays and smooth hound, although admittedly it does seem to be a bit hit or miss and not everyone doing that well. But they are definitely out there to be had. One pair of anglers went across the fleet at Langton Herring and had nine species of fish, another gentleman told me this morning he had a large smooth hound on the weekend to the left of West Bexington. What both these reports had in common, they were away from people, a stretch of beach to themselves.

And that’s about it really, catch reports have been slow so trying to type out one of these a week is difficult without making it sound too much like the previous one. 

Also, there’s a big wind coming tomorrow (tuesday 8th), a strong south-west 30-40 mph, strong enough to rough things up. It could be worth fishing on the wednesday when the sea calms done or even the thursday, generally thiongs do improve straight after a wind.

Happy fishing and tight lines!

 

 

 

 

 

 15/7/2019

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!

 

 

 

 

24/6/19

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!

 

 

 

 

 5/6/19

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/5/19

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.

 

 

 

25/03/19

 

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!

 

 

 

 

07/01/19

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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21/01/19

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

14/01/19

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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