Dorset Squid

Dorset Squid

It’s that time of year again when the local Dorset Piers and harbour walls seemingly become squid magnets both for the anglers targeting them but also for the cephalopods themselves. These wonderful creatures have seen a large increase in popularity over the last few years and with some of the best spots so close by it would have been crazy not to get out and target them. Bournemouth Pier was the chosen location for this early season foray. One of the important things to remember when targeting squid is that they are predominantly sight feeders and therefore flat calm sea conditions with good visibility are the correct conditions to be fishing in. Personally I like to fish for them with a 3000 size reel and a lightish spinning style rod loaded with 15-20lb braid straight through to a single squid jig. To be clear this is purely a preference thing and you will see a lot of others fishing with multiple jigs and often a glow-stick or float. From experience (a little like any lure fishing) if you are prepared to spend a little more on a jig it normally results in better returns, my personal preference is the Yamashita jigs which are available online here as well as in a number of tackle stores. Buy here The way you fish these lures is almost as peculiar as the species you are targeting with a simple flick out cast and then a very slow lift and drop style retrieve. It wasn’t more than about 20 minutes after setting up and with the light levels dropping fast that I was in to the...
Chesil Cod

Chesil Cod

Its around this time of year that the words Chesil and Cod seem to go hand in hand with something close to hysteria breaking out amongst fishermen when going after these most iconic of fish. Here are wheretoseafish we are no different and are constantly checking weather, wind and tide reports well in advance looking for those breaks in the weather that give the best opportunity for catching. It often seems to be the way that the ideal fishing conditions fall perfectly on the days you are snowed under at work luckily we have a number of contributors to our site. In the last couple of weeks my friend Dave Barratt made the journey down to the mighty shingle in search of those often elusive fish with some cracking results. There are a lot of people who will tell you that fishing in the evening and night are essential as the fish move closer to shore with the lower light levels. For the most part this is good advice but when there is colour in the water at Chesil you will find that even in the daytime the cod have no issues moving to within 20-50 yards of the beach, as you can see with Dave’s fish these were all taken during the day.   With the large numbers of sprats, squid and mackerel as well as the return of the large whiting and pouting numbers the months of August and September are often seen as the best for targeting this brilliant fish. Bait and rigs seem to be less important in these months too with fish falling to...
Early Season Plaice

Early Season Plaice

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!!!!!! I arrived at Chesil this morning just before low and swiftly launched some smelly black lug, mounted on an up and over wishbone rig, as far as I possibly could. My reels loaded with some new ultra low diameter braid, saw my baits flying through the air like never before. A steady stream of dogs, rockling and whiting kept me entertained until low when they stopped feeding and left my bait long enough for a Plaice to stand a chance of finding it. A few moments later I noticed a couple of good bites on one of my rods. I held the rod and...
Lure fishing January

Lure fishing January

Lure Fishing in January Lure fishing off the local beaches around Bournemouth in the middle of winter may not be the first thing that springs in to peoples minds at this time of year however you just never know what might show up. My brother and myself decided to use some free time outside of work to try out some new lures/rods and line we had accumulated over the Christmas period, not particularly expectant of anything showing up but I never need an excuse to get out fishing. Firstly as you can see from the above picture we could not have picked a less fishy looking day if we had tried. Flat calm seas were accompanied by gin clear water and a cloudless sky…great! All the same the rods were quickly set up and lures rigged up. With such low expectations it was obvious that any kind of fish would be a real bonus on this kind of day. We fished the very popular long groyne at Hengistbury Head initially before moving around towards the mouth of the harbour past the beach huts and fishing a couple more of the small rock groynes in between. Amazingly it wasn’t to long before my brother was in to the first fish of the day a small hard fishing school bass at around a pound in weight this was followed up by both of us with a couple more fish of a very similar stamp. Sometimes in fishing it isn’t just about catching those large specimen fish but being out with good company enjoying a beautiful part of the world with the off...