The boat fishing around Dorset, Devon and Hampshire has really kicked off this week. I was lucky enough to get out twice last week and I have a great time (more of that later). The charter and private boats have been doing really well on the Shambles for Plaice and Turbot. Lyle Stanisforth on Supanova got into some nice big Plaice and a few Turbot, as well as getting some nice Pollock from the wrecks. He also seen some of the first Mackerel of the year.

Turbot Supa

I have heard of a few reports of Herring and Sandeels coming from the Shambles, so now the food source is available the Rays and Turbot will move in, as well as the Bass.

Fishing from the Skerries in Devon has been reasonable, with good numbers of Plaice showing. They may not be as big as the average sized Plaice on the Shambles but they make up for it in numbers. Spoton Charters have been out quite a few times from Brixham and had good days on the Plaice, but that pales in to insignificance compared to recent wreck trips on the same charter boat. Some of the best wrecking trips I have seen for a few years, with good catches of large Pollock, as well as Cod showing. The fish of the week has to go to Bob who landed a stunning 30lb 4oz Ling on one of the wrecking trips

Huge Ling 30lb 4oz

Back to my trip out on Saturday onboard Gypsy. I will be featuring this Weymouth charter boat a lot more through out the summer, as it is fairly unique to the Weymouth fleet. It is much smaller and slower than most of the rest of the boats, but don’t let that put you off. It is owned and run by a couple of friends of mine, father and son team Trad and Ryan Cassey.  At only 17 Ryan is a young up and coming fishermen and has already been selected for the England junior shore team. His Dad Trad has fished around Weymouth and Portland for years.

On Saturday six of us were fishing the Weymouth Monthly Boat competition from Gypsy. It is a fairly small and friendly competition, with the usual banter. We started of fishing Portland Bill for Wrasse, and ended up with loads of good sized inshore Pollock and a bonus 4lb Black Bream for me.

It was a well fought competition, where I managed 3rd, but as is often the case Billy Short came through with a host of different species, even managing a couple of Dabs and an early season Smoothound. He didn’t have it all his own way as a late flourish from Dave Hambridge, with a Dab and Thornback to add to his other species made it a close finish. At the end of the day we had 10 species between us, in what was a most enjoyable day. It didn’t cost us a fortune either, as it was only £25 for the days fishing.

If you want details about Gypsy  have a look at the link or their Facebook page, or for  information  on taking part in the Weymouth Angling Society’s boat or shore competitions, or just joining the club look here

Kayak Fishing: One of the areas that we will be expanding a lot this year is kayak fishing, at the moment I will keep it within the boat fishing section, but I hope to bring it into a section of its own. I did see quite a few Kayaker’s out at the weekend, and conditions were pretty good for fishing from a Kayak. Plenty of fish within Portland Harbour, but some of the more experienced Kayaker’s were out around Portland Bill and in Chesil Cove. I am still building up my confidence on open water kayaking, so I am keeping well away from the strong tides off the Bill at the moment. Tomorrow we will have another article from Lee Mannion, going into more details about the set up you need to get you started Kayak fishing.

Here is a video he produced from his exploits last year. I know it is not Dorset, but you can see how much fun he is having up North.

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I am looking for someone in Devon and Hampshire to provide me with some Kayak fishing information and reports from those areas. If you would be interested in doing something for the site, please get in touch with me at

For information on the South Coast charter fleet look on the DeepSea Directory for all the contact details.


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