Sea Fishing Locations in Dorset
Dorset is one of England’s most scenic and beautiful counties and also offers some brilliant fishing locations for all anglers of all abilities. Whether it be the jaw dropping cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches or hidden harbours Dorset has the fishing for you.
As someone who has grown up in this contact it is perhaps the county on which I possess the greatest amount of knowledge.
As with every county I have handpicked the areas that offer the biggest variety of fishing options, whilst being close to large towns for access and convenience,these include;
Bournemouth: Bournemouth is a beautiful south coast seaside town. Situated in Dorset it nestles between the New Forrest to the East and the Jurassic Coast to the west. Bournemouth provides a large number of excellent fishing locations. I have included some of my favourite spots. The area I am concerned with runs between Hengistbury head to the east up to Branksome in the west.
Christchurch: Christchurch is situated on the eastern border of Dorset and Hampshire. It has a rich fishing heritage, and has the Royalty and Throop fishery very close by. It also boasts excellent sea fishing, especially for bass, mullet, sea trout and flounders. I have included 5 of my favourite places to fish in Christchurch, but there are inevitably more. From beaches to estuaries to harbours Christchurch seems to cater for all.
Poole & Studland: Poole homes the world’s second largest natural harbour. This allows for some fantastic fishing locations. The bass, mullet and flounder fishing is some of the best anywhere. The area also allows a tremendous variety of fishing. Studland is a beautiful stretch of beach, owned by the National Trust, with the iconic Old Harrys Rocks to the West and the mouth of Poole Harbour to the East. All in all this is an excellent place to come fishing, and is where I have caught several of my personal best fish.
Swanage & The Purbecks: The Purbeck area of Dorset is famous for specimen size fish. Whether it be large congers, bass or winter Cod the beaches of the Purbeck coast, with their spectacular scenery offer a tremendous amount to the shore angler. With the majority of the coastline being high cliff tops fishing on to ruff rocky ground fishing can be a challenge. This however is one of my favourite places to fish, and it is of particular interest for my shore lure fishing with marks such as Kimmeridge and Durlston often producing. I have given my top venues below and trust they will be well received.
Weymouth & Portland: Weymouth and Portland are fantastic fishing areas. The area has fantastic beaches awesome harbours and incredible rock fishing locations all of which produce great fish. Portland itself holds the British record for Wrasse and Chesil boasts several other shore caught records. With the Olympics having been in the town the profile of this area is only going to increase so give the area a go soon for some excellent sport.
Chesil Beach: Chesil Beach is probably one of the most iconic names amongst fisherman anywhere around the British Isles. This long stretch of shingle beach starting at Epe in the West and running to Portland in the East attracts thousands of anglers every year. This is a beach where local knowledge on tides and specific spots is key as the beach can be extremely hit and miss. I have tried to highlight the most prevalent and fished areas that year on year produce good bags of fish.
West Dorset: The area I have called West Dorset includes any marks West of Chesil Beach right down to the Devon coast. This dramatic coastline often has the tendency to be slightly overlooked with anglers preferring the lure of Chesil. Having said that this area has some fantastic fishing locations with a wide range of habitats. If you are holidaying in the area or live close by then really do explore the beaches, harbours, estuaries and cliffs around the area.