Plenty of Pollock being caught from the shore including the open beaches. Chesil fished pretty much as I expected it would this past weekend, with a few Codling, plenty of Whiting, Pout, Dogfish and a few Conger. I did hear of a nice double figure Thornback Ray come from Ferrybridge. The main surprise though, is the number of Pollock that have featured in reports. Numerous fish between 2 and 3lb, were landed all along Chesil, and from various rock marks.

Pollock fishing from the boats has also picked up, especially to the west and into Lyme Bay. A recent trip out by the Lyme Regis Sea Angling club from Lyme on board Ameretto IV, produced plenty of double figure fish.

10lb Pollock

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 Sea Conditions:

Water temperature 9.2 °c.

Chesil Beach: 1.5m waves with lightly coloured clear

Portland:  1.5m swell and almost clear water

Portland Harbour: Wavelets with clear water

Weymouth Bay: SUrf running out to 50m with lightly coloured  water

Chesil Beach forecast: Still expecting to catch plenty of Whiting, Pout and Dogfish, with the odd Dab at West Bexington and Abbotsbury. The odd Codling will show, but basically they are finished for the season. Rockling are beginning to show in numbers.

Portland: With plenty of Pollock on the open beaches, you can bet that the marks around Portland will produce some nice fish. I heard of several Wrasse up to 5lb caught over the weekend. One of the larger ones fell to a homemade soft plastic lure.

Portland Harbour: With the temperatures now close to 9°c. the chance of getting a Bass from the harbour are pretty slim. You will have to make do with Flounder.

Weymouth Bay: There are plenty of small Whiting and Pout coming from both piers and from Preston beach. I keep hearing of Herring being caught from the pier, but I have yet to go down and try for myself. Some small Flounder are still making their way into the inner harbour.

Guiding: A new year and some new opportunities. I will be running Cod and Whiting sessions from the shore until at least the end of January. If you fancy a go for a big Wrasse then this is the time to book a guide for those. I will fish for them with both bait and lures. then drop me an email to

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