We have now got into the medium sized tides. These are my favourite tides for most species, it allows for plenty of tidal movement without being too strong. It certainly seems to bring out the bigger Bass, and prolongs feeding times for other species on both beach and rock marks. As I warned earlier in the week, I have a full week of fishing this week so I am going to keep the forecast fairly short and just inform you all of any significant changes.
Water Temperature: 14.5*c Weymouth High Tide: 12.05pm, 1.67m
Wind SW 15mph
Chesil Beach: Small waves, water clarity is good.
Portland: Slight swell with small waves. Water clarity is good.
Portland Harbour: Calm. Water is clear
Weymouth Bay: Calm but the water coming from the harbour is very dirty and contains lots of fresh water.
Chesil Beach forecast: Reports are the beach is fishing very well. Unfortunately apart from a short Mackerel session yesterday (loads of them out there), I didn’t manage to drown any Peeler Crabs. I am back on the beach and on Portland Bass fishing with lures today. Plaice, Dabs, Gurnard and Rays from the Western end of the beach, with West Bexington fishing especially well. The Portland end of Chesil has produced more Bream and Gurnard. Night tides are producing hundreds of Dogfish all along the beach.
Portland: With clearer water the Wrasse and Pollock fishing will return back to the form it was in earlier last week. Have a go at fishing soft plastics for Wrasse and you might pick up a bonus Bass during the day. Try soft plastics at night and you will have a high chance of catching a decent Bass. Plenty of Garfish around if you want to target them on lures or float fished Mackerel strip.
Portland Harbour: Flounder and Bass from Hamm Beach and Sandsfoot Castle, though the Bass are few and far between. Mainly due to the commercial fishermen netting the harbour.
Weymouth Bay: With so much fresh water coming down from the harbour it is making fishing very difficult. Tonight’s junior competition on the Stone Pier will give a good indicator as to how it is likely fish for the next couple of days.
Boat and Kayak fishing: Great opportunities for all types of boat fishing today. The Weymouth Charter Fleet will be out targeting Bream from the banks. Smaller boat owners can get to a lot more marks with the better winds.