Hayling Island

Hayling Island is a popular tourist location during the summer months and is as the name suggested a complete Island cut off from the mainland. A popular fishing location particularly in the summer months the area is famed for throwing up good bags of schoolie bass, mullet and flounder. Shore fishing is attempted during the evening and night when the beach becomes more accessible to the anglers. Hayling is a very popular angling area and is worth a visit if you are in the area.

 

Hayling Island Bridge

The Bridge connecting the mainland to Hayling Island provides some decent fishing for most of the year round, particularly during the summer. There are two main fishing platforms close to the bridge with fishing done on the high tide as there is no a lot of water during low water. This is a typical location for catching the usual harbour species. A good tide can pull through here so take due care when fishing the area. Allow for weed during the strongest points in the tide and be sure to carry a good range of gear, for spinning, fly fishing, and float fishing or beach casting tactics.

Summer Species: Mullet, bass, flounder, scad and eels

Winter Species: Bass, flounders and eels

Bait: Peeler crabs, ragworms, bread and maddies

Tactics: Float fished bread is a good option close to the structure of the bridge for the mullet. Be warned although you may be able to see the mullet catching them can be a totally different challenge. The bass fishing can be done using worms or for the larger fish try large peeler or squid baits fished on long flowing traces. The flattie fishing can be very good during the winter using flapper style rigs with maddies or rag as bait. With the growing popularity of catching bass on lures or flies this mark gives an opportunity to try both methods, the best time being early morning or late evening. Make sure to take a long handled landing net or drop net.

Getting there: Having come over the main bridge in to the island look for the off streets and roads as well as pay and display car parks to the west.

Local Tackle Shops: Paige’s Fishing Tackle, 36 Station Road, Hayling Island, Tel: 023 9246 3500 or Hookers Baits, Unit 8, Finchwood Farm, Copse Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0QB, tel: 07898793181

 

The Old Hayling Billy Line

As you come over the bridge and in to Hayling to your west you will see some large concrete blocks that are left over from the old rail line. Fishing close to these is popular amongst locals especially when the weather dictates they cannot get to the beaches on the south of the island. A very similar location to Hayling Island Bride and very close by. Good catches of bass and flounder are common here most of the year round. An area with good accessibility and no need for a long cast.

Summer Species: Mullet, bass, eels and flounder

Winter Species: Flounder, bass and eels

Bait: Peeler crabs, ragworms, bread and maddies

Tactics: Depending on what you hope to catch will determine how you fish. To cover most of your bases try Ragworm on running ledger rigs or on simple paternoster style rigs for the eels, flounders and bass. The larger bass will take squid, sandeel or peeler baits. For the mullet very small spinner tipped with ragworms or float fished bread. Mullet fishing is best done during the slack water as you position bait better and feed in small amounts of ground bait. Try multi hook rigs during the winter months with small size 1 or 2 hooks for the flatties.

Getting there: Parking can be done close to the Texaco garage on the main rod here. There is an area of drop down kerb with space for a few cars to park. During the summer months parking during the day here would not be advised as it can be very busy.

Local Tackle Shops: Paige’s Fishing Tackle, 36 Station Road, Hayling Island, Tel: 023 9246 3500 or Hookers Baits, Unit 8, Finchwood Farm, Copse Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0QB, tel: 07898793181

 

Langstone Harbour Entrance

The harbour entrance is an area with incredibly strong tides and often challenging fishing. The weed can also be a big problem here so picking the right tide is essential. Be sure to take the appropriate due care here as the water is deep and the tide is strong. The area throws up all sorts of species and can be fished all year round with good access and parking available. This is a popular area for many anglers but worth a go if the conditions are right.

Summer Species: Bass, smoothhounds, mackerel, scad and plaice

Winter Species: Pouting, whiting, codling, flounder and rockling

Bait: Ragworms, lures, peeler crabs, mackerel, squid and sandeels

Tactics: Most styles will work here. Weed can be a big problem here however as can the extremely powerful tide. The best time is therefore to fish the area on a slack tide or on the ebb. Lures and spinners in the summer months can be a good way to pick up mackerel, garfish and bass. Float fished fish strip will have similar results. During the winter try large peeler or lug baits for the codling here although they are fairly scarce. Flapper style rigs with rag will pick up whiting, pouting and flounders.

Getting there: An easy place to locate with plenty of parking in a large pay and display car park next to the channel, just head to the South West of the island and fish where ever you feel is appropriate

Local Tackle Shops: Paige’s Fishing Tackle, 36 Station Road, Hayling Island, Tel: 023 9246 3500 or Hookers Baits, Unit 8, Finchwood Farm, Copse Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0QB, tel: 07898793181

 

East Winner Bank

At low tide the East Winner Bank stretches up to a mile out to sea. The tide here can be very strong due to the close proximity to the entrance to Langstone Harbour. The area lends itself to fly fishing due to the shallow waters although be careful to plot a route and watch the tide very closely as you do not want to get cut off here. The location is very close to the location above and generally you will catch similar species of similar sizes. This is a great shore fishing location on Hayling Island.

Summer Species: Bass, plaice, turbot, mackerel, flounder, turbot, brill and dogfish

Winter Species: Pouting, whiting, codling and flounders

Tactics: This is a great location for targeting bass. The shallow grounds make the area ideal for wading and fishing with flies and lures. Fish with shallow diving lures and mentally map the gulley’s and ridges on the sand as this is where the bass will naturally look for food. During the winter fish using standard beach fishing tactics for a good mixed bag of potential fish. Turbot and Brill are caught most years here as are good sized plaice. Use fish baits for the bigger flatties and worm baits for the smaller fish. Simple paternoster style rigs work perfectly here.

Getting there: Very similar directions to Langstone Harbour Entrance and make sure to park in the same car park.

Local Tackle Shops: Paige’s Fishing Tackle, 36 Station Road, Hayling Island, Tel: 023 9246 3500 or Hookers Baits, Unit 8, Finchwood Farm, Copse Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0QB, tel: 07898793181

 

 

 

 

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