The Ray fishing in Dorset was pretty good over the weekend, as several nice fish were landed on numerous different marks. Ben Cass landed an 8lb Thornback from Abbotsbury on unwashed Squid fished on a pulley pennel rig at distance. Ray2

Leo was persuaded by his daughters to fish Warbarrow Bay on Saturday. After a slow start they began seeing a lot of fish landed after dark. Mostly Pollock and Dogfish. His daughter Chloe’s rod bent over and stayed over, as a lovely spotted ray took the bait.


That wasn’t the only action at Warbarrow, as Leo watched as an angler fishing down from him had his rod almost pulled into the water. He went over to help and after a very good fight Russel Hayter landed this 11lb Blonde Ray. He managed it on a Portsmouth rig baited with Ragworm.


It looks like we have a few good contenders for fish of the month this month. Talking of good fish Andy Young was out fishing on Offshore Rebel from Weymouth when he landed this monster Plaice. It weighed 7lb 1oz.

7lb Plaice

Tomorrow (Wednesday 21st May) Darren from the Tackle Box at Lyme Regis is organising a walk from Lyme to Pinhay bay to do a bit of lure fishing for Bass. He is hoping that the new range of Seaspin lures will have arrived so he can try them out. I will be going and giving some demonstrations on how to use some of the lures, and give advice on which lures to use and when. We are meeting at the Tackle Box in Lyme at 5pm, so if anyone is interested in coming along then feel free to join us. We will be fishing the ledges from low water up. If you want more information send me an email, or contact Darren at the Tackle Box.

Sea Conditions: 

Water temperature 12.7 °c.

Chesil Beach: flat calm with good clarity in the water. Visibility is around 5m at the Portland end. There is some May water towards Abbotsbury.

Portland: Calm and clear water

Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with  clear water.

Chesil Beach forecast: The reports coming in are saying that there are some Mackerel about but they are a bit thin on the ground. The usual Dogfish and Pout will be caught after dark, but beware of the Spider Crabs. There are a lot of them around now, so baits will be robbed quickly. The Spider Crabs normally attract the Smoothounds, so it is well worth putting out a Peeler Crab bait. Lets hope that some more Rays show up. I would love to catch a double figure Ray from Chesil.

Portland: Loads of Wrasse being caught and should continue to be caught in these conditions. Bait and soft plastic lures are doing well. The tides are not quite so great for Pollock but you will still be able to pick some up from dusk until dawn.

Portland Harbour: I managed to fish the harbour on Friday after some Bass with my friend Gavin. He managed a small Bass. I would expect to see quite a few more of those this week.


He will be using this picture as an example of how not to take pictures using a mobile phone in his next article.

Weymouth Bay: Finally and weeks late, the Mullet have arrived in Weymouth harbour. I will get my self down there at the first opportunity I can.

Both piers will have Pollock, Pout, Wrasse and Mackerel on them.

Lyme Regis: Mackerel from the Cobb and Mullet inside the harbour are the main target species at the moment. You will be able to pick up Flounder and the odd Plaice from the North Wall as well. Wrasse are a high possibility from the reefs surrounding the Cobb.

Guiding & Lessons: With the fishing season well under way I am taking bookings for lure and bait fishing guided sessions. I am also offering 2 hour long fishing workshops, for those wanting to learn some of the basic techniques.  Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to

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