Where to fish in and around Ryde

 

Ryde Beach

Ryde Beach is synonymous with holiday makers thanks to its sandy beaches and clean seas. This is also a great spot for fishing. The beach is long and there are different challenges at different ends of it. With Ryde Pier being a prominent area for angling I have added it as a separate location. The fishing is good during the height of the season and the area remains relatively quiet even during these times. This a super beach venue that is close to local amenities, with great access, definitely worth a look.

Summer Species: Smoothhounds, plaice, flounders, pouting, wrasse, bass and eels

Winter Species: Dabs, flounders, dogfish, whiting and codling

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

Tactics: Tactics here depend on which part of the beach you are fishing. To the east of the pier is the sea wall which can be fished for with standard beach gear although you will need a gripped lead to hold bottom as the tide can be strong here. Further to the east is Seaview, the ground here is fairly broken and therefore holds eels and wrasse easily targeted with rotten bottom or pulley rigs, alternatively you can float fish for them. To the west of the pier heading towards Fishbourne the ground is much cleaner and you can fish with the relative assurance you’re not going to lose too much gear. Fish multi hook rigs for the flatties whilst using Pennell’s for the codling in the winter and bass in the summer with large baits such as peeler and lug.

Getting there: Ryde is one of the largest towns on the Isle of Wight and for that reason relatively easy to find. Head to the sea front and you can’t miss the pier or stretches of beach.

Local Tackle Shops: Ryde Bait & Tackle Shop, 21 Victoria Arcade, Union Street, Ryde, tel: 07563779319.

 

Ryde Pier

Ryde Pier is a very popular tourist hot spot but also has some very good fishing. Although similar to many piers in the south of England this is the ideal location for young anglers and those who require easy access. The pier offers a lot of species all year round most of the time a very short distance out from the pier. It should also be noted that to fish on the pier you have to acquire a permit from the Pier master.

Summer Species: Mackerel, bass, scad, plaice, flounder, bream, smoothhounds and pollack

Winter Species: Whiting, codling, flounders and pouting

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

Tactics: Ryde pier is similar to a lot of piers in the south of England, and throws up the usual species during the summer and winter months. Float fishing is very popular from the pier for mackerel, pollack and garfish during the summer using mackerel and ragworms for bait. Using standard beach fishing gear here won’t put you far wrong with either flapper or pulley rigs depending on what you are targeting. A big cast is not required here as the best fish keep close to the structure. During spring tides the tide can go out beyond the pier so check the tide takes before you go.

Getting there: Ryde is one of the largest towns on the Isle of Wight and for that reason relatively easy to find. Head to the sea front and you can’t miss the pier or stretches of beach.

Local Tackle Shops: Ryde Bait & Tackle Shop, 21 Victoria Arcade, Union Street, Ryde, tel: 07563779319.

 

Fishbourne

The area of Fishbourne sits on the mouth of the Fishbourne estuary. There are a number of locations to fish around this area with many species and styles of fishing that can be used. Fishbourne is well known for its ferry connection to Portsmouth and attracts large numbers of tourists each year particularly in the summer months. An area for all anglers of all abilities, with the summer sport being very entertaining.

Summer Species: Mullet, bass, eels, dogfish, flounders, mackerel, garfish, plaice and rays

Winter Species: Whiting, pouting and codling

Bait: Ragworms, peeler crabs, mackerel, lugworms and maddies

Tactics: There are a number of good fishing locations around Fishbourne. Fishbourne Copse is a good area for rays and smoothhounds during the summer, and although the access is not the best the ledges here can provide great sport, with standard beach gear and worm and fish baits doing best. You can fish the estuary itself, on either side of the river with good flounder and bass fishing during the summer months and float fished mackerel strip working in the summer for garfish and mackerel. The Chapel Corner Copse is very similar to Fishbourne Copse in character and appearance. The winter fishing with peeler crab and large worm baits can work well for codling here. There are also large numbers of whiting and dogfish on standard beach fishing gear.

Getting there: From the mainland there is a direct ferry crossing from Portsmouth which drops you off right in the heart of the town. Fishbourne is a short distance North of Ryde on the island and s well signposted from here.

Local Tackle Shops: Ryde Bait & Tackle Shop, 21 Victoria Arcade, Union Street, Ryde, tel: 07563779319.

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