No Plaice on Chesil just yet, but it wont be too long until they start to show. Looking at the forecast, I can see much lighter winds than we have been having recently, and very little rain. I really hope that this will help to clear the water.
Chesil Beach was a lot busier this weekend, than it has been all year. As predicted there was a few Bass around. Simon Harris managed to get amongst them, along with Rockling.
The Chesil Cove end of the beach fished reasonably well for a change and my mate Demetri managed to find a shoal of Pollock, feeding in front of him.
I was supposed to go out on a wrecking trip on Saturday, but the lack of water clarity meant we would have had a wasted trip. Instead we stayed inshore, but even that was a bit of a struggle. We did have a lovely Spurdog landed on the boat that tipped the scales at 16lb.
I am out again this weekend for the first of the Weymouth Angling Society monthly boat competitions, on board Trad Casey’s boat Gypsy, but I am going to be up against some very strong competition.
Water temperature 9°c.
Chesil Beach: Swell of 2m+. The water is heavily coloured in patches, but the flood tide seems to be clearer.
Portland: Swell in excess of 2m with coloured water.
Portland Harbour: Calm with almost clear water
Weymouth Bay: Calm with lightly coloured water.
Chesil Beach forecast: Still the swell keeps pounding the beach. I am hoping that with light winds for the next few days, the tackle grabbing swell will drop right off. Whilst the water is still coloured, you can expect Dogfish and Pout during the day and night, from all along the beach.
The good news is that there seems to be an unusually large number of Bass on Chesil for this time of year. I know of numerous fish up to 4lb. They seem to be pretty hungry as they are not concentrating on any one bait. Ragworm, Lugworm and Squid have all caught the Bass.
Portland: Now is a good time to try for a Conger or Bull Huss. As the water clears you will be in with a good chance of Pollock on lures, as there seems to be plenty around at the moment.
Portland Harbour: May be worth a try for some Flounder, but apart from that, it is very quite in the harbour.
Weymouth Bay: It has gone pretty quite at Preston now, but the Pleasure Pier, is producing plenty of smaller species.
Guiding & Lessons: Now that we are well and truly in the grip of winter, most of my guiding trips for the next few months will be bait fishing trips. If the weather settles and the water clears for a week, then I will go for Pollock and Wrasse on lures. If you are thinking of booking a Plaice fishing trip, I am going to be running those from the second week of March. Until then it will be Wrasse from the rocks and Cod trips if the weather allows. Have a look on the guiding link at the top of the page or drop me an email for more details to firstname.lastname@example.org