Bristol Channel

Sea fishing locations along the Bristol Channel

 

Aust Beach

Aust Beach is situated right next to the old ferry terminal that is adjacent to the new Severn Bridge. A famous location primarily for cod fishing, but also expect bonus species here as well. The area is fairly easily accessed and provides good fishing all year round although is most popular suing the winter months. The areas fishing can be dictated by the amount of fresh water in the river, a factor determined by rainfall etc.

Summer Species: Bass, eels, flounders, soles, mullet and conger eels

Winter Species: Codling, bass, flounders and eels

Bait: Lugworms, maddies, ragworms, peeler crabs and bluey

Tactics: For the flatties and smaller fish use standard multi hook rigs, adapted for good casting. The cod and bass are best tackled using either Pennell or pulley rigs fished with size 3/0 or larger hooks. A good strong beach caster and accompanying reel is essential here due to the strong tidal flow. Fish the area an hour and half either side of high water for what are regarded to give the best results. Matches are often held in this area so check with the local tackle stores when these occur, if you are after a quiet days fishing.

Getting there: Access is via the old ferry road, which comes off passage road, which in turn can be accessed off the A403. Walk across a field to the grass peat ledges fishing is done from here.

Local Tackle Shops: Veals Fishing Tackle, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol, BS2 0JP, Tel: 0117 9260790 or Reel Fun Fishing, Portishead Quays Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF Tel: 01275 848652

 

Littleton upon Severn

Littleton upon Severn is an area of grassy ledges either side of a creek fishing over the mud flats that stretch out in front of you. A great venue all year round and a good opportunity for anglers of all abilities to fish a good shore mark with relative ease. The area north of the Old Severn Bridge does require a rod licence due to the Salmon fishing here so do bare this in mind if you are fishing the area.

Summer Species: Sole, mullet, bass, flounders, eels and pouting

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

Bait: Maddies, lugworms, peeler crabs, ragworms and bread

Tactics: Tactics will obviously depend on the time of year you are fishing as well as what you are fishing for. During the summer months when fishing for the flatfish and smaller species use multi hook rigs modified for casting with size 1 or 2 hooks. For the mullet fish the creek with course fishing tactics using a waggler fished with bread in the creek. During the winter fish good beach rods and reels with simple paternoster or multi hook rigs for the codling and bass in the area. Peeler crab can be a deadly bait on its day here, although worm usually out fishes it.

Getting there: From Littleton access is via Wharf Lane and then park at the end of Wharf Park. Fishing is a short walk from here.

Local Tackle Shops: Veals Fishing Tackle, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol, BS2 0JP, Tel: 0117 9260790 or Reel Fun Fishing, Portishead Quays Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF Tel: 01275 848652

 

Redwick

Redwick sea wall runs from Redwick to Severn beach with plenty of areas to fish along the wall. The quieter locations here do require a longer walk from the main access point. The wall runs on town levels which gives protection during the spring tides. This area is predomintly snag free with fishing done over the mud flats. Longer casting is an advantage although not essential with east access making this the ideal spot for anglers of all abilities.

Summer Species: Sole, mullet, bass, flounders, eels and pouting

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

Bait: Maddies, lugworms, peeler crabs and ragworms

Tactics: The area is similar to that of Aust and Littleton and therefore similar tactics will work here and similar species can be caught. Pulley and paternoster rigs work best for the bass and codling using cocktail baits, and flappers for the flatties and whiting with maddies or lugworms. The water is shallow here some come equipped with a good casting rod and reel. Fish the area either side of the high water for best results with springs giving a good amount of water to cast over, but with stronger tides. Don’t fish the area for codling after heavy rainfall as the water will become brackish and the fish simply won’t be here.

Getting there: The area has limited parking and can be accessed via Redwick road which runs very close to the promenade wall.

Local Tackle Shops: Veals Fishing Tackle, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol, BS2 0JP, Tel: 0117 9260790 or Reel Fun Fishing, Portishead Quays Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF Tel: 01275 848652

 

Beach Road

Breach Road gives you fishing access to the stretch of the Severn guarded by the large concrete wall on Severn Beach. The wall runs from the slipway at Redwick down to the severn beach. This is an excellent location and is very popular with anglers from Bristol during the winter due to its easy access and comfortable fishing for all abilities. Fishing close to the wall can be a very good tactic here, whilst there is plenty of parking for easy access.

Summer Species: Bass, pouting, flounders, conger eels, sole and smoothhounds

Winter Species: Codling, whiting, flounders and bass

Bait: Peeler crab, ragworms, squid, mackerel, lugworms and maddies

Tactics: During high water the area can be fished relatively close in as the tide runs very close to the large steps and wall. Use standard beach fishing rods as casting can be required depending on the state of tide. Fish with multi hook rigs and pulley rigs for the codling and bass for the best results. Cocktail baits can work very well for the codling with crab being the best bait during the summer months for the bass and smoothhounds.

Getting there: Access to the area is easily obtained with large amounts of parking close by. A good walk may follow depending on where you want to fish and where you have chosen to park.

Local Tackle Shops: Veals Fishing Tackle, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol, BS2 0JP, Tel: 0117 9260790 or Reel Fun Fishing, Portishead Quays Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF Tel: 01275 848652

 

Woodlands Road (Portishead)

Woodlands road near to Portishead has long been acknowledged as a big fish venue. The area can be fairly easily accessed and the fishing can be brilliant on its day. Note this is proably a venie for the more experienced angler as it requires a good amount if skill to avoid the snaggy ground and cast to the inshore channel here.

Summer Species: Bass, rays, smoothhounds and sole

Winter Species: Cod, whiting, bass and rays

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

Tactics: This is a big fish venue. Double figure bass, cod and rays can all be caught from this location. Large baits mounted on Pennell rigs or Pulley rigs work well here. Try squid and lugworms or peeler crab. Fish baits at range will catch the thornbacks. Small multi hook rigs with size 1 or 2 or even 4 hooks for the flatties with ragworms or lugworms for bait. Try using old dead ragworms for the sole if the water is coloured for an advantage.  The amount of freshwater in the river affects how the area fishes. If you approach the area on a low tide you will notice the inshore channel which is where you should aim to cast. The water here is very deep and has a strong tidal pull which will require a 6-8oz lead to hold bottom.

Getting there: Woodlands road runs parallel to the Severn going out of Portishead. There is parking available close by with a short walk to the desired location.

Local Tackle Shops: Veals Fishing Tackle, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol, BS2 0JP, Tel: 0117 9260790 or Reel Fun Fishing, Portishead Quays Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF Tel: 01275 848652


Battery Point (Portishead)

Battery Point juts out in to the Bristol Channel with steep rocky ledges either side of it. The fishing is done from these ledges and it doesn’t really matter which side of the point you chose to go. The area has big tides and is fairly snaggy so go being prepared to lose a little tackle. Only a short distance from Woodlands road this is another big fish venue and therefore is probably suitable for intermediate anglers upwards.

Summer Species: Bass, rays, pouting, flounders, dogfish, conger eels and sole

Winter Species: Codling, whiting, flounders and bass

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

Tactics: This is an area for big baits, heavy leads, heavy lines and big hooks. The tide here as with most places along the channel is very strong. The best way to fish this area is with Pulley or Pennell rigs and large baits such as squid and lug cocktails. For the rays fish baits generally seem to work best during the summer. A long cast is not essential due to the tide running very close to the rocky ledges. Try to avoid spring tides here as it is often impossible to hold bottom and you will only succeed in having your bait dragged on to snags.

Getting there: Access via esplanade road where there is ample free parking. Take the steps close to the swimming pool down to the area and then fish either side of the point.

Local Tackle Shops: Veals Fishing Tackle, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol, BS2 0JP, Tel: 0117 9260790 or Reel Fun Fishing, Portishead Quays Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7DF Tel: 01275 848652

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