Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight sits in the English Channel separated from the mainland by the Solent. This is a fantastic Island with so many incredible shore fishing locations. Over the years the area has produced many specimen sized fish and with the size of the whole island not being very large it is easy to access marks at any place at any time.
The Isle of Wight is a tremendously popular tourist destination in the summer months when it can become tremendously busy. Despite this there are plenty of beaches, coves, piers and estuary’s to satisfy the sea fisherman.
As with every area 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;
Cowes: One of the most popular towns on the Isle of Wight, Cowes boasts some fantastic shore fishing locations. The large town of Cowes is extremely popular amongst sailors and amongst holiday makers particularly in the summer months. However Cowes is also a great base to have for accessing some of the fantastic fishing locations close to it. Anglers of abilities can fish in relative comfort from the venues I have selected for Cowes and the area is definitely worth a visit, just make sure you pack the rods.
Ryde: This is one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular towns to visit all year round. With ferry services dropping passengers here this is many peoples gateway to the Island. The area boasts some fantastic shore fishing locations and whatever the weather and whatever the time of year there is always somewhere close by to Ryde that can be fished. I won’t purely be focusing on just the town of Ryde but will also look slightly further afield at some other shore fishing locations in the area.
Shanklin: is a popular seaside resort and civil parish on the Isle of Wight, England, located on the east coast’s Sandown Bay. The sandy beach, its Old Village and a wooded ravine, Shanklin Chine, are its main attractions. The esplanade along the beach is occupied by hotels and restaurants for the most part, and is one of the most tourist-oriented parts of the town. The area of Shanklin has some fantastic sea fishing locations close to it and can be explored by anglers of all abilities who are in the area.
South West Side: The area I have called the South West Side of the Isle of Wight, runs from anywhere West of Ventnor to anywhere East of Freshwater Bay. This is a less explored area of the island and can provide some rest bite from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island during the summer months. There are a number of fantastic sea fishing locations on the South West side of the island, each with its own challenges and rewards.
Yarmouth: Yarmouth is a town, port and civil parish in the western part of the Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of mainland England. The town is named for its location at the mouth of the small Western Yar river (there is also an Eastern Yar on the island). The town has some brilliant sea fishing locations close to the area and some a little further away. This is a great area to explore sea fishing wise if you are on the island.