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 end of Chesil. I did say to him that he would need fresh bait, which he managed to get fin the form of live lugworm. The result was two plump Codling, the biggest going 5lb 3oz.

Cod 5lb 3

Down the Ferrybridge end, Bradley Price had a good evening with 3 Codling and a Bass. It seems that the Codling are the same year class as the ones we caught last year. The great news is that they have all put on weight, with the average fish being around 4 1/2lb.

Daniel Manvill also managed an 11lb 7oz Bass earlier in the week. It is one of several large Bass that have come from Chesil this week. I did hear several reports of a 13lb fish from Ferrybridge end.

Bass Daniel

Sea Conditions: Water temperature 17.1°c

Chesil Beach:  1m swell with  coloured water

Portland: medium swell with lightly coloured water

Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: With a stiff Northerly breeze forecast for the next few days the beach should settle down, and the colour should drop quickly. Not such good news for Bass and COd, but great for Bream, Plaice and Gurnard. I am pretty sure we will see some big Rays come out of Chesil this weekend.

Once the water clears there should be plenty of Mackerel. I was amazed to see anglers fishing for Mackerel yesterday in 3m waves of coloured water.

Portland: Don’t expect Wrasse or Pollock until the water clears enough on Saturday. This time of year normally brings Garfish close to the shore along the Bill area.

Portland Harbour: The harbour should fish well for Bass this weekend, as the tides are perfect. James Young managed a number of nice Bass on lures from his Kayak in only 10ft of water. All came within an hour of low water and all were returned.

Bass kayak

Weymouth Bay: The Thin Lipped Mullet in Weymouth harbour are feeding aggressively at the moment. This is due to the amount of food being washed down with the increased fresh water entering the harbour from Radipole lake. Our tech guru Adrain has been down fishing Weymouth and Portland all weekend. He managed 3 Thin Lipped Mullet between 4 and 5lb.


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 guiding@fishingtails.co.uk

Related Posts