The title of this post is my attempt to feel positive about the fishing at the moment. Lets be honest, there is not a lot happening along most of the Dorset shoreline. However you may have seen Leo’s short Poole report yesterday, where he came across a couple of anglers that managed to find some very early Plaice returning from spawning. I have put a link to the post at the bottom of the page.

I did say that I was going to put up an LRF post this week, and I may still get one out today or over the weekend. Unfortunately all my LRF pictures seem to have disappeared, so I need to get out and take some more.

The wrecks out of Weymouth and Lyme Bay have been producing some nice Pollock, although a lot of the charter boats are not going out. Lyle Staniforth took SupaNova out from Weymouth and managed to get his customers into these nice fish.

Sea Conditions:

Water temperature 7.8°c.

Chesil Beach:  1.5m waves and lightly coloured water.

Portland:  medium swell with clear water

Portland Harbour: Calm with clear water

Weymouth Bay: Calm with lightly coloured  water

Chesil Beach forecast: Lots of small Whiting and a few Rockling around. If you are capable of long range casts, it might be worth a session at West Bexington or Cogden, to try for a very early Plaice. I think I will be waiting a few more weeks yet.

Portland: This is one of the few marks that I think are worth fishing at the moment. You have a very good chance of catching some nice Wrasse as well as a few Pollock.

Portland Harbour: A few Flounder may still be hanging around the harbour, but I wont be wasting any time fishing it for a few more weeks.

Weymouth Bay: Weymouth Angling Society juniors fished their regular Monday night competition from the Stone Pier. The juniors did very well, with plenty of fish being landed.

Guiding: At this time of year, the guiding is pretty quite, so I normally use this time to do some basic fishing workshops. In these I teach all sorts of skills, that will give you a good grounding for your fishing adventures for the erst of the year. I am happy to do lure or bait sessions and the workshops are 2 hours lonng 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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