We are just coming off the back of a set of reasonable spring tides, the weather should be good for the weekend and hopefully the water will have cleared by the end of today. This should give us some good conditions that should see some good fishing.

I expect to see a number of Ray and Smoothound caught over the weekend. The Smoothound fishing has been good in other parts of the South Coast, so I can’t see why it wont be in Dorset.

I am out this morning in search of Bass, Pollock and Wrasse on lures. There have been plenty of reports of Bass being caught at numerous marks. I spotted the commercial Bass boats fishing close to Portland yesterday. This indicates that the Bass have moved West from Swanage, and are now in the area.

I managed to get out again with Luke Pettis on Snapper, for another go at the Cod on the wrecks. You may remember from my report a few weeks ago, that I had a good trip out with him last time. This trip was even better. I tried a different technique for the Cod this time, and opted to use two Eddystone 2013 Eels above a Pirk.

pirk Cod

The results were spectacular, with Cod on every drift except the first one. Some times I even managed a triple shot.

triple Cod me

I will do a full report with a short video in the next couple of days.


Sea Conditions: Water temperature 12.5°c

Chesil Beach:  Calm with a milky green colour to the water. This should clear by later this afternoon.

Portland: Calm. The water is lightly coloured.

Portland Harbour: Calmwith clear water

Weymouth Bay: small amount of surf with clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: I am looking forward to a good weekend of fishing, with the potential of Bream, Smoothound, Rays, Bass and Mackerel. All these species can be targeted from the Eastern end of the beach, from Chesil Cove and past Bridging Camp, if you want to walk to get away from the crowds. If you are after Plaice, they can also be caught from the same marks, but the Western end towards West Bexington and Abbotsbury normal produces more numbers.

Portland: Perfect conditions for the usual rock dwelling species such as Wrasse and Pollock. They can be caught on lures and bait.

Portland Harbour: The harbour is fishing well at the moment, with the chance of Bass, Mullet, Pollock and Wrasse, as well as FLounder.

Weymouth Bay: I have heard good reports from Bowleaze Cove and Preston Beach. Fish including Bass, Dabs and even a few Gurnard have been showing.


I am now taking bookings for plaice trips as well as some basic fishing workshops for the next month. In the workshops I teach all sorts of skills, that will give you a good grounding for your fishing adventures for the rest of the year. I am happy to do lure or bait sessions and the workshops are 2 hours long and limitied to 3 people. If you are thinking about booking a guided lure or bait session for the later on in the year, then now is the best time to do it, to grab the best tides.

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

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