I have been out and about early this morning to see what the various marks look like, as I am off boat fishing to the West of Portland. If I am lucky I might even have time for a session on Chesil this afternoon.
Wind forecast: E 15mph. Current wind: As forecast, this should give those fishing Chesil Beach some extra distance on their casts.
Sea conditions: lovely and calm, with very clear water on all marks except Portland Harbour, where the water is slightly coloured, 9.3*c Weymouth HW 10.35pm 1.9m high.
Shore fish forecast: Excellent tides today should see more Plaice and Dabs during the day at Abbotsbury, West Bexington and Cogden. Plenty of Dogfish and good numbers of Smoothounds all along the beach Peeler Crab or Hermit are the best baits for the hounds and Ragworm tipped with Black Lug or Squid for the Plaice. Or if you can get it Mussels.
Ray fishing should be good from the Western end of Chesil all the way to Charmouth. Use fresh Mackerel or Sandeel, and you will also have a chance of a Bass now.
Mackerel are around in decent enough numbers now to make it worth while having a go. The early Mackerel shoals often have Herring in amongust them. Use small Sabaki lures that you would use for Sandeels.
Portland will be a good bet for Pollock and Wrasse. In Portland harbour it is well worth a go on the lures for the first of the Bass. Try Sandsfoot Castle beach.
Kimmeridge Bay will now start to produce some nice Bass, Wrasse and Pollock. Lures are without a doubt the best method for those species on the rocky ledges, but Mackerel, squid and worms will also work.
Easy fishing can be had from Weymouth Stone Pier, with plenty of small species all the way along.
Boat forecast: Excellent chance of fish including Turbot and Plaice if you are out with the Weymouth charter fleet, although they have struggled a bit for the past couple of days to get the numbers they were having last week.