South West side of Isle of Wight fishing locations

Blackgang Beach

This location is a tricky one to get to like most of this side of the Island. With steep cliffs for company and a long walk to find access to the mark this is an area that few fish although on its day can be one of the best marks on the IOW. The area is abundant with fish species all year round with the summer producing lots of mackerel, bass and rays and the winter throwing up good numbers of flatties, whiting and codling.

Summer Species: Rays, mackerel, bass, garfish, dogfish, pouting and bream

Winter Species: Whiting, codling, pouting, dabs, flounders and dogfish

Bait: Sandeel, mackerel, peeler crab, ragworm, lugworm and squid

Tactics: For the ray fishing in the summer mackerel and sandeel baits are preferred mounted on a Pennell style rig with size 3/0 or larger hooks, fished at maximum range. For the bass live bait a mackerel close to the gulley that runs about 20ft from the water’s edge during a dark night and keep very quiet. In the winter the beach can throw up really good sized whiting and the occasional codling. Wait until there has been a good blow so the sea is nicely coloured and then fish through a full tide to determine the fishes feeding habits.

Getting there: Parking for Blackgang is at the end of a road called “old Blackgang road” followed by a long and tiring walk.

Local Tackle Shops: Tim’s Tackle, Main Rd, Rookley, Ventnor Tel: 01983 721675 or UK Hooks Ltd Unit A2/Whitecross Business Centre/Whitecross La, Shanklin Tel: 01983 868687