Where to fish in and around Yarmouth

 

Yarmouth Pier

Yarmouth Pier is one of the most popular and prolific fishing locations on the Isle of Wight. This is a great place for children beginners and those who struggle with access to fish. The club locals do use the pier during the summer evenings with matches often held. The pier fishes at its best during the summer but can also be fished during the winter. A popular destination for holiday makers although do be aware there is a charge for fishing on the pier and a maximum of two rods per angler.

Summer Species: Bass, mackerel, bream, dogfish, garfish, smoothhounds and pollack

Winter Species: Whiting, codling and flatties

Bait: Ragworms, squid, mackerel, sandeels and lugworms

Tactics: During the winter try large baits such as squid black lug and peelers for the cod and codling in the area strong line is essential as is a large strong hook probably a size 4/0 or larger. Spinning or feathering in the summer will catch the mackerel and ledgered fish and worm baits will catch most else. Try a bubble float with sandeel strip or live sandeel for the pollack and bass fished very close to the structure. For the bream small size 6 hooks baited with mackerel strip or squid strip fished at the end of summer at night give the best results.

Getting there: The pier is well signposted from the centre of Yarmouth and can’t really be missed

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 ‎

 

Yarmouth Beach (Tennyson Road)

Tennyson Road is a particularly popular bit of beach in Yarmouth for the shore angler. This is a great location for all sorts of species both in the summer and the winter. With easy access from your parked car this is a great spot for any angler no matter what your circumstance or age. The sea wall here protects the area from the violent seas during the winter months but provides the perfect casting and fishing platform for the angler.

Summer Species: Bass, smoothhounds, bream, mackerel, dogfish, pouting and scad

Winter Species: Whiting, codling, rockling and flatties

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

Tactics: This is a typical shore location and should be treated with the proper beach casting equipment. During the summer months my preferred method would be to fish two rods, one with a larger bait such as squid, mackerel or a few big ragworms for the hounds and bass, and the other with a two hook loop rig or flapper with worm baits for the bream and other smaller species. During the winter mohts you can try for codling with pulley rigs and cocktail baits or fish for the whiting and flatties with fine wire size 2 hooks with rag and lug for bait.

Getting there: Follow the signs in Yarmouth for the seafront and then take your pick of bits of beach. For Tennyson Road follow the road to the sea wall and then park and fish wherever is convenient.

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 ‎

 

Fort Victoria

The old Victorian Fort is situated about a mile to the west of Yarmouth. This is a great shore location with strong tides ever present. There is a large BBQ area and café situated here and is therefore ideally suited for young children’s and families during the summer months. The fishing is very varied with good bags of bass and mackerel caught during the summer and the occasional codling during the winter as well as sole and flatties in the summer and spring. For the novice do pay attention to what the tides are doing because weed can be a real issue here.

Summer Species: Bass, mackerel, bream, plaice, sole, conger eels and dogfish

Winter Species: Whiting, flounders and codling

Bait: Lugworms, peeler crabs, ragworms, squid and mackerel

Tactics: One option when fishing at Fort Victoria is to fish from the large sea wall that runs along a part of the beach. The water here is very deep and a short cast will put you in to water up to 5oft deep. This is a good spot for the larger fish during both winter and summer. Be aware as I have already mentioned that there is a tremendous tide here that can make fishing impossible so fish two ours either side of high and low for the best results. Large baits such as mackerel and squid will catch the bigger bass and cod. Feathering for mackerel during the summer can be good fun and great sport, plus they also taste great on the bbq.

Getting there: Head West out of Yarmouth and follow the coast road Fort Victoria is well signposted and there is a large car park.

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 ‎

 

Fort Albert

Twinned with Fort Victoria, Fort Albert is situated just to the west of Victoria and is a superb shore fishing venue. This is a shallower beach with less tide than at Victoria. The stretch of beach between the two forts is a fantastic sole fishing venue with the area to the west of the fort providing good sport for many other species. A good location for all abilities of anglers with good access and not to long a cast required.

Summer Species: Pollack, wrasse, mackerel, bass, sole and dogfish

Winter Species: Codling, whiting, flatties and rockling

Bait: Ragworms, sandeels, peeler crabs, spinners and mackerel

Tactics: If you are wanting to fish to the east of the fort then small hooks on multi hook rigs are the order of the day baited with rag or lug. This will pick up the sole in the summer and autumn and the whiting and flounders during the winter months. To the west of the fort is Norton Sea Wall which is a good area for catching lots of different species such as wrasse and small pollack. Spinning can work for the pollack and small bass also found here or try float fishing a strip of sandeel or ragworms. Fishing a flood tide at night with larger baits can produce good sized bass in the spring and autumn.

Getting there: Situated just west of Fort Victoria follow similar directions and again the fort is well signposted.

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

 

Colwell Bay

Colwell Bay is a very popular tourist location along the north side of the Isle of Wight. The area has beautiful beaches that are easily accessible with safe swimming areas. Colwell Bay is also a great fishing location. The area is a fairly shallow bay with good flatfish fishing in the winter, autumn and spring months. During the summer fishing during the evenings can throw up a mixed bag of fish. A hug cast is not required here and with there not being as strong a tide as many other areas close by weed is rarely a problem. This can be a great surf beach fi conditions are right and good bass are regularly caught here.

Summer Species: Bass, pollack, wrasse, sole, bream, turbot, plaice, rays, pouting, dogfish

Winter Species: Codling, whiting flounders, plaice and pouting

Bait: Squid, mackerel, peeler crabs, ragworms, lugworms and sandeels

Tactics: To the far end of the bay is a reef where fishing for wrasse, bass and pollack can be done either spinning with lures or by float fishing with worm or fish baits. Flowing traces work well in the bay itself when targeting the bass and other species. Fish with standard beach fishing gear, with heavy weights not required particularly. Lure fishing can be deadly at last or first light if you can find where the bass are holding, which is usually close to the reefs or sandbars which are easily located at low tide.

Getting there: Head west out of Yarmouth towards the Needles. Colwell Bay is well signposted before you reach the needles.

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

 

Totland Bay

Totland Bay is an easily accessible stretch of sea wall. The area has a great diversity of species found over relatively clean ground of sand and clay. The pier is the main focal point of the beach although fishing elsewhere is advised. The rocky ground east of the pier can produce good sized bass on lures as well as pollack and wrasse. To the west of the pier is the old lifeboat station which also produces good flatfish fishing. The area has many options available to the angler and deserves its popularity due to great fishing and easy access.

Summer Species: Bass, wrasse, sole, plaice, dabs, pollack and mullet

Winter Species: Dabs, whiting, pouting and codling

Bait: Ragworms, lures, lugworms, mackerel and squid.

Tactics: If you are fishing to the east of the bay then try using lures or flies for the bass. If you are unsure of which lures have a look at some of the recommendations on here. Float fishing with crab and worm can also be effective. The rest of the bay can be fished using standard beach fishing tactics with gripped leads and multi hook rigs for the flatties and for the smaller fish. Try for the mullet by fishing with course style tactics and bread, although this can become very frustrating. Use feathers and spinner s in the summer for mackerel and during the winter lug, squid and peeler seem to work best for the whiting and codling.

Getting there: A popular tourist attraction Totland is well signposted from Yarmouth and has plenty of parking close to the sea wall and 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

 

Alum Bay

Alum Bay is undoubtedly one of the most heard of and popular shore locations on the island. Very close to the needles the area enjoys spectacular scenery and great fishing. This is the most westerly point of my Yarmouth Page and from here on in the locations can be found in the South West page. The fishing here is great for anglers of all abilities although do have the appropriate beach casting fishing equipment. The area is brilliant both during the summer and winter with big cod and bass caught each year.

Summer Species: Bass, mackerel, pollack, wrasse, rays, plaice, sole and dogfish

Winter Species: Whiting, cod, dab, flounders and rockling

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

Tactics: Daytime fishing at either ends of the bay produces wrasse, bass and pollack ion the kelp and rocks. Use a float for bite detection and set the relevant depth with ragworms as best bait. The middle of the bay provides the cleanest ground and this is where you are most likely to catch the rays or flatfish in the area. I love fishing to the extreme east of the bay with a box of lures first thing in the morning for the bass that run along the rocks. Feathers will catch you mackerel during the summer as will float fished sandeel strip. During the winter fish the cleaner ground with larger baits ion pulley rigs for the codling and bigger bass.

Getting there: Continue heading west from Totland until you see signposts for Alum bay there is a large car park with access to 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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