An Early Chesil Plaice
So with the first signs of spring and reports from further along the coast in Sussex of the first plaice beginning to show its only natural to start to get itchy feet in the pursuit of these desirable spotty flatfish. As with any fishing at Chesil it can be incredibly hit and miss and when fishing for Plaice visibility in the water is a key factor to determine.
There are a number of places along Chesil beach to target Plaice and other flatfish species but it is widely regarded that West Bexington and Abbotsbury are among the top marks to chose from. Unfortunately I have been unable to get out myself this week but I am pleased to say that we have had this fantastic contribution from a local south coast angler Dave, he writes
If I said that the last few weeks hadn’t been hard work, I would be lying.
To put it in polite terms, February can f**k off!!!!!!
The next few casts saw a double shot of dogs before a quiet period.
Eventually I noticed a few taps on one of my rods. “Another whiting” I thought to myself…
I lifted in to something but it certainly wasn’t a whiting.
A few nervous moments passed and I eventually caught a glimpse of the fish, a plaice, and a big one. I waited for a wave before carefully pulling the fish to safety. What an absolute door mat. I was suprised to see one so plump at this time of the year. It sent the scales to 3lb 12oz, a new PB for me
For this location as well as plenty others check out our page on Chesil Beach fishing locations here