Gurnard really are quite an easy fish to catch. At the moment it seems that there are loads of them all around this area. They have become one of my favourite fish to eat, so I am pleased to see so many of them. Tactics are simple; a two hook flapper rig baited with small strips of Mackerel, Ragworm or Squid are all you need. You don’t need to cast far, as they can be caught as close in as 10 yds.

Gurnard me


Gurnard are not the only fish that seem prolific. Matty Mizen has once again been out catching more double figure Undulate Rays, as well as a decent sized Conger from Chesil.

Last week I mentioned that I was going to be targeting Carp on the fly at the weekend. I am pleased to say that I was very successful with the technique. In fact so successful that I out fished all the guys with their bivvy’s and bite alarms. I didn’t land any monsters, but I had loads of Carp up to 10lb. I also caught loads of Rudd and Roach on the fly. I will put up a dedicated article on what flies and gear I used.

Carp fly fishing

If you are impressed by that Carp, then wait until Thursday when you can read Darren Mills trip report from France.

This Saturday is the Lyme Regis Charity open shore competition. If you want more details click Here


Sea Conditions: Water temperature 16.7°c

Chesil Beach:  Calm with lightly coloured water

Portland: small swell and lightly coloured water

Portland Harbour: Calm and clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm and clear water

Chesil Beach forecast: Despite less than ideal conditions over the past few days, Chesil will continue to fish well. I ran the River Cottage Shoreline course at West Bexington yesterday. The water was coloured, but even so in just a few hours we managed 7 different species including Bass, Gurnard, Silver Eel, Flounder, Black Bream and Scad. One of the Scad we caught was only about 3 inches long. I suggested that it was used as live bait. It was cast out about 10yds where it quickly tempted the Bass in the picture below.

Bass Gavin2

As the water clears expect Mackerel and even more Gurnard, Rays and Bream. I would also expect to see Garfish feature more regularly. Take a quick look at my video on how to catch Garfish for a few tips.

Portland: Once again, it will be a waiting game for the water to clear to target Wrasse and Pollock. I have heard of a few Bass coming to lures over the past few days.

Portland Harbour: Small tides are never good for fishing in the harbour, especially for the Bass. However as the tides pick up later in the week the lure fishing should improve.

Weymouth Bay: Preston is one of the areas that is producing a lot of Gurnard and Dabs.

Lots of Thin and Thick Lipped Mullet in the harbour. They are great fun if you put the effort in to catch them. A baited Mepps is ideal for the Thin Lipped Mullet.

As usual the piers fish very well at this time of year. Simple tactics, such as just dropping a small 1/2 oz. lead and a single hook baited with Ragworm down the side of the pier will produce fish.


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

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