The high’s and low’s of Fishing

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What an eventful week. I kicked it off on Monday with a great short guiding session with Adrian Horne, who was after Bass. We certainly found the Bass, and he looks happy with this lovely in the picture below. It fell to a Gunfish surface lure and was one of several Bass, all around the […]


British Record Stingray caught and released on Chesil

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One of the biggest ever shore caught fish to be caught in England, was landed last night by Guy Spriggs from Chesil Beach. Guy who lives in Barnstable, Devon fished the Portland end of Chesil beach in search of Ray. He certainly found a Ray; weighing 78.6lb, this smashes the current record of 67lb 12oz.   […]


Boat Fishing With Allan Yates

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First post and a chance to introduce myself, I’ve been fishing since I was four years old with my father, who was both freshwater and an avid sea angler and I followed in his footsteps learning all the time and still am. I specialise in boat fishing, mainly wrecking and fishing on the drift with […]

Bass on a Gunfish

The best week of fishing this year

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When is the best time to fish Chesil Beach? Right now! is the answer. I can’t remember ever seeing so many anglers on Chesil as there was on Friday and saturday. From Chesil Cove to as far as I could see, there were anglers all along the beach. Is this the start of the Cod season? […]

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Cod and Bass, just as predicted!

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I predicted that we would see plenty of Cod and Bass on Thursday, when the sea settled after the blow on Tuesday and Wednesday. It seems on this occasion I got it spot on. I gave my friend Gavin a tip off as to where I thought he would manage some Cod from the Western […]

Cuckoo Ray

Brilliant boat fishing

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It has been a while since I have done a boat report, but as the boat fishing has been even better than the shore fishing at the moment, I thought it was time to do a catch report. Trad Casey has been showing once again that you don’t need a fast boat, or have to […]

Grey Triggerfish

Fishing at its best

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We have now moved into the best fishing time of the year on the South coast. Fishing has been very good over the past few days, not just on Chesil, but a lot of other marks as well. At this time of year there is so much good fishing, I always have a problem deciding […]

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Stone Bass

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I love to see unusual and exotic species turning up around the shores of the UK. This week I had a message from Stuart McNab, who runs the charter boat Dev Ocean out of Milford Haven. He sent me a picture of a 12 1/2lb Stone Bass that was caught on his boat. Stone Bass […]


Carp fishing in France

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Last month I had the pleasure of joining several of my friends including my Dad on a carp fishing trip to Calvados in lower Normandy, France. We went to a lake called La Carrier which is renowned for its quantity as well as quality of Carp. The weather forecast for the week was fairly good, […]

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Summer Fishing around Poole at its best

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Although maybe the weather doesn’t reflect it. The fishing around the Poole areas is on fire at the moment. Me and my mate Martin have chosen to keep fishing the Southbourne beaches. Over the weekend we landed Sole, Red Mullet, Gurnard, Bream, Plaice as well as the usual Bass,  Smoothhound and Pout. Whilst none of […]


Plenty of Plaice

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Reports coming in from the weekend suggest that there was a lot of Plaice caught all along the beach. Unfortunately for most, they were at long range. The Mackerel however were not, as at times they were almost on the beach, as they chased shoals of White Bait onto the beach. I have heard from […]

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Looking good for the weekend

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Does Chesil Beach fish in a NW wind? Is the Mackerel season over? Where can I catch Undulate Rays on Chesil? These are just some of the questions I have been asked this week. I get sent hundreds of emails everyday asking various questions, unfortunately I do not have enough hours in the day to […]

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Gurnard galore

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Gurnard really are quite an easy fish to catch. At the moment it seems that there are loads of them all around this area. They have become one of my favourite fish to eat, so I am pleased to see so many of them. Tactics are simple; a two hook flapper rig baited with small […]


Sole fishing at Southbourne

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Sean is at River Cottage today so the catch report will be delayed until Tuesday. Here is Leo’s catch report on a couple of successful trips last week. – Ade.   Thursday night saw me down at the Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne, still trying to crack that elusive first sole of the year. […]

This could be the best fishing weekend of the summer!

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Cod, Cod and more Cod. No this is not a cut and paste report from last winter! I have been gathering in the reports over the past two days and the Cod, along with the Rays have been featuring heavily. The stiff South Westerly winds have been churning up the shore on Chesil, creating a […]


Plenty of species in the Poole area

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Being so lucky to live so close to the coast. I can keep a close eye on the weather and tides and move on the breaks in the weather. Acting on another night of calm weather forecast and a high tide of around 10pm.  I hit Southbourne beach hoping to bag a sole again, as there […]


Mackerel Mayhem

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At last the Mackerel have finally turned up in numbers. Having seen numerous reports from friends, it looks like the Mackerel have finally made an appearance. The Mackerel turned up fairly early this year, with the first regular catches coming towards the end of March, then it all went very quiet for ages. Now they […]

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Fantastic Ray fishing on Chesil Beach

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I thought that there would be some great fish caught this week, after the rough conditions on Sunday and Monday. What I wasn’t expecting was the number of good Rays that turned up. Most of them were Undulates but a number of Spotted Ray were also landed. My friend Paul Black called me late on […]

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Cod On The Rock’s

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Summer Cod fishing can be very rewarding, yet many anglers will decide to put away their cod fishing tackle during the summer, and in my opinion could be missing out on some very good cod fishing. I was recently invited along by a good friend of mine while he was targeting Cod from the cliff […]