Where to fish in and around Cowes

 

Cowes Beach

Cowes is probably the best known town on the Isle of Wight and also boasts some superb fishing. With easy access from Southampton the area is very popular during the summer months among both anglers and beach goers. The areas around Cowes provide many different fishing marks, with Cowes beach being of particular note. Cowes beach is a typical British tourist beach with a shingle and sand mixed bottom and nice shallow swimming areas. Be sure to expect good numbers of fish here all year round.

Summer Species: Bass, mackerel, pouting, sole, flounders, eels, gurnard, plaice and dogfish.

Winter Species: Codling, cod, bass, dabs and whiting

Bait: Ragworms, lugworms, peeler crabs, mackerel, live baits and squid

Tactics: There are many great spots to fish along the beach at Cowes. The most noted spot is at Egypt Point Lighthouse. The beach here is very steep and a short cast will put you into deep water. This is a fantastic spot to fish for large bass in the summer and cod in the winter with live baits seeming to be the best bait for both species. The area also throws up plenty of smaller summer species on worm baits such as mackerel, wrasse, garfish, eels, soles and bream. 2 and 3 hook rigs work perfectly for these fish over the relatively clean bottom here. Further west along the beahc towards Gurnard the bottom becomes more mixed and the beach shallower this is the noted area for flatties such as plaice, sole and flounder during the summer months using standard beach fishing tactics.

Getting there: From the mainland take the Isle of Wight ferry from Southampton which arrives in Cowes and then follow signs for the beach. Cowes is well signposted from the other large towns on the island such as Newport.

Local Tackle Shops: Lightwater Fishing Tackle, 10 Birmingham Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BH, tel: 01983 241010

 

East Cowes

East of the River Medina which separates this mark from Cowes, is the location of East Cowes running along the sea wall built here. This is a great fishing location and is popular with the locals most of the year round. Away from the majority of tourists during the summer months and with easy access this is a great area for anglers of all abilities. Make sure to pack good quality beach fishing gear when visiting this area. A great area to begin with when exploring the Isle of Wight, and very easy to locate.

Summer Species: Bass, eels, plaice, flounders, smoothhounds, rays and mackerel.

Winter Species: Codling, pouting, dogfish, whiting and flounders

Bait: Ragworms, lugworms, peeler crabs, sandeels and squid

Tactics: The sea wall running between the breakwater and castle point is the most popular spot to fish to the east of Cowes. Cowes is a good venue all year round throwing up plenty of different species of fish to good sizes. The best fishing for the rays smoothhounds and bass is after dark during the summer with either crab or worm baits. Fish with Pulley style or Pennell rigs with large baits for best results. The bass fishing is best done with small live pouting or mackerel if you can catch them. During the winter fish with multi hook rigs such as flapper rigs for the flatties, whiting and codling with size 1 or 2 hooks. For the larger cod try cocktails of squid and lug or substitute either of these baits with peeler if you can get hold of it. Fish the incoming tide with 2 hours either side of high usually the best time.

Getting there: From the mainland take the Isle of Wight ferry from Southampton which arrives in Cowes and then head east out of the town. Cowes is well signposted from the other large towns on the island such as Newport.

Local Tackle Shops: Lightwater Fishing Tackle, 10 Birmingham Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BH, tel: 01983 241010 ‎

 

Thorness Bay

Thorness Bay is a fantastic fishing location particularly in the summer months. This is a superb bass fishing area with good catches of smoothhounds in the summer as well. The sole tend to keep things busy in the autumn months and whiting and codling during the winter mean there is never a dull time. Thorness Bay is a fairly shallow sloping sandy beach venue. This is a good spot for beginners and advanced anglers alike but be sure to fish the incoming tide during night time or through the evenings for the best results.

Summer Species: Sole, bass, flatties, smoothhounds, mackerel and rays

Winter Species: Whiting, flatties and codling

Bait: Peeler crabs, ragworms, sandeels and mackerel

Tactics: For fresh bait during the summer it is always worth trying some feathers for fresh mackerel to begin with. Pack your beach casting gear here as a good cast is very advantageous, with the better fish showing between 100-150 yards. Ragworm, peeler or hermit crab will account for the smoothhounds at night with the bass being caught on lures, and ledgered tactics as well. My preferred way of fishing for the bass here is with a bubble float and sandeel during the evenings and at dawn being the best times. The winter fishing can be done using flapper rigs with size 1 or 2 hooks to maximise your chance of whiting and flatties.

Getting there: Head west out of Cowes on Pallance Road which then becomes Rolls Hill follow signs for Thorness Bay Caravan site. Park on the road or in one of the car parks before following the signs for the beach.

Local Tackle Shops: 24 Meadow Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6Hu, tel: 01983 241041 or Lightwater Fishing Tackle, 10 Birmingham Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BH, tel: 01983 241010

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