This strong South Westerly will continue to blow until Friday, which will make Chesil unfishable or most of the week. There is a chance that there will be a slight drop in wind this morning and the sea state will die down enough for me to get out and try for a couple of hours this morning. My friend Paul Black managed somehow to get out on Saturday morning and managed a couple of Cod.


I mentioned on Friday that Portland Harbour would be a good bet to get out of the wind and try for a Bass on lures. This is exactly what one of my former guiding client Andy Draper did. He managed to adapt to the difficult conditions and landed this lovely Bass on a Rapture Delsol rod that I am just finishing writing a review on.

Bass Delsol

With all this bad weather I have had a chance to catch up on a great programme from the BBC. I don’t know how many of you watched the final of Earth’s Wildest Waters last night, but I did and I really enjoyed it. I won’t spoil it for those of you that have not watched it yet. I have to say that the BBC got it spot on. The combination of one of Britain’s best known anglers, Matt Hayes and the very popular presenter Ben Fogle, has increased the interest in angling considerably, with many people expressing an interest in taking up a sport that they had previously not considered. I know that I have had a number of guiding and lesson requests just from the interest from the show.

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With some of the worldwide destinations that are top of my list, I was glued to some of the amazing cinematography and scenery, as well as gripped by some really exciting fishing. Thanks to the BBC for the above pictures.

Sea Conditions: Water temperature 13.8°c

Chesil Beach: Rough and for the most part unfishable

Portland: Very Rough on the West side and a large swell on the east with coloured water.

Portland Harbour: Wavelets with lightly coloured water

Weymouth Bay: Short surf with lightly coloured water

Chesil Beach forecast: Once again, with the exception of a short window today, Chesil will be unfishable until at least Friday. If the weather does break for Friday it will be great for he chance of a Cod or two.

Portland: Coloured water does not make for easy fishing anywhere around Portland. However having said that, if you are prepared to lose tackle then have a go with large fish baits for Bull Huss and Conger on the east side of the Island. Take care to not go near the waters edge as the swell is large and dangerous.

Portland Harbour: We have a couple of more days of decent tides that will produce some nice Bass fishing in the harbour. As the week progresses and the tides get smaller the Wrasse and Flounder can still be caught on Ragworm baits.

Weymouth Bay: If you need a fishing fix then Weymouth piers or Preston Beach will provide a sheltered mark. I am still hearing reports of Squid from the piers as well as plenty of smaller species.

Guiding: I have now moved into my winter guiding. This can be a great time to fish with lots of different species around. We are still very much in the best part of the Bass season, especially with lures. I will also be offering Wrasse fishing both on Lures and with bait to target the Big Wrasse that we will start to see soon.

Cod sessions will be starting from the 1st of November, as will general bait fishing sessions. Why not think about a short lesson to improve your casting and fishing skills.

If you don’t want to come to Chesil or Portland then how about choosing one of the other Fishing Tails Guides. Leo covers shore guiding in the Poole and Purbeck area and Anth Constable will be covering the North East. I also hope to add a guide in the Plymouth area very soon. If you want more details then drop me an email to

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