We are in the depths of fishing despair, or at least I feel I am. I did get out a couple of times last week. Once doing some fishing lessons in Axemouth, which was nice, especially to see a different area and recce some Mullet and bass fishing for the summer. I also managed a Pike on a filming trip on the Stour. But to be honest I can’t wait for the fishing to improve again.

So what I have decided to do over the course of the next few weeks, is look at fishing locations outside of the UK. Dan Konig, from Adventure Angler will be providing us with some exciting articles, from some of his trips last year. These will be from as far away as Oman, to slightly closer to home, the Shetlands. Dan like myself is a lure fishing fanatic, the main difference is he does most of his lure fishing from the boat. I invited him on a trip with me last year to target Bass from the boat. Unfortunately, it was on  a trip when we had some engine problems and had to return to port early. However during our time out on the water, Dan showed me some of the latest lure and jigging rods on the market. That coupled with some new techniques that have been developed to make the most of modern jigs, are sure to put some fish on the deck.

Even some of the best anglers struggled this week. A recent Samalite league match, fished near the Ferrybridge end of Chesil produced very few fish, and even a few blanks, which is very unusual for match anglers. There was however a couple of Rays caught including Spotted and Undulate. Russell Preston managed this 14lb 8oz Undulate Ray.

Undualte sam


SPotted Ray sam



Sea Conditions:

Water temperature 7.6°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: Like the guys fishing the Chesil League, there is a chance of a decent Ray, especially an Undulate, as they seem to be making a good comeback. There is plenty of Whiting and Pout after dark. Not much else except a few Rockling.

Portland: Once the water settles a little, there is a good chance of Wrasse and on these big tides, a Pollock or two.

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: Night sessions will see some Whiting and Pout from Preston Beach. If you need a fishing fix, then Weymouth Stone or Pleasure pier will provide you with plenty of fish. They might not be big, but it beats catching nothing.

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 guiding@fishingtails.co.uk

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