Never mind the Cod, the Plaice fishing on Chesil has been really good recently. Pretty much as predicted, the Cod fishing was a lot slower than it had been just after the rough weather during the early part of last week. The water cleared pretty quickly and stayed clear, despite a fair sized swell on Friday. I managed to catch a nice 7lb Bass that had taken a live bait that took a fancy to my Lugworm bait.

Bass 7lb

There was a fair number of Cod caught over the weekend, but for every Cod there must have been the same number of Plaice. Steve Ace of Veals  Fishing Tackle, in Bristol took a trip to Chesil over the weekend and did very well. As well as this lovely brace of Plaice, Steve managed to land Cod and Bream.

Plaice double

The next couple of days will be pretty interesting, as we are due a strong NW wind today, this has already started to drive up the size of the waves and swell. I don’t think it will be enough to colour the water up for Cod, but it should bring on the Bass.

Sea Conditions: Water temperature 16.3°c

Chesil Beach: 2m waves with lightly coloured water

Portland:medium swell and lightly coloured water

Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: There is a good chance of Bass today, along with Plaice fishing. Bream are still around in good numbers, and Mackerel will still show for at least another month.

Portland: Clearing water means Wrasse and Pollock. Still no sign of many Bass from the rock marks, but the Mackerel and Garfish are now showing from the Bill.

Portland Harbour: Due to small tides the Bass fishing in the harbour wont be great until the weekend. However I have found a very large shoal of Thick Lipped Mullet near the Sailing Academy. The shoal has some very big Mullet in it

Weymouth Bay: If you want to get out of the wind, then you cant go far wrong on the piers. Plenty of species and some nice Pollock and Wrasse. I have spotted a lot of Flounder in the inner harbour. They have been sitting in the clear shallow water close to the sides, especially up by the entrance to the sluice gates.

I often think that Preston Beach fishes at its best during September. Expect Flounder, Dabs, Bass and a few early Whiting.


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

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