Where to fish in and around Harwich

Harwich Stone Pier

Harwich Stone Pier was built in the 1800’s and is approximately 500yards long. It is a fantastic sea fishing location all year round with a tremendous number of species within casting distance. The sea pier is covered completely during exceptionally high tides but is fishable at all other times. There is a good tide that runs close to the end of the pier and it is here that the majority of the good specimen fish are caught from the pier.

Summer Species: Sole, bass, mackerel, plaice, eels and wrasse

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

Bait: Ragworm, lugworm, mackerel, sandeel, squid, cuttlefish, peeler crab and bluey

Tactics: During the summer months the most popular method of fishing here is with static ledgered baits such as peeler crab and ragworm. This will catch you most species of fish although there are other options if specifically targeting different fish. Large bass can be caught on free lined live baits or a lip hooked frozen sandeel fished under a bubble float. Spinners and lures will catch some of the other summer species such as mackerel and garfish in the area. In the winter larger baits such as squid and black lugworm are the preferred method for codling and larger whiting. Peeler crab can also work very well here in the winter fished on a Pennell style rig fished in to the tide off the end of the pier.

Getting there: Take the A120 turning off the A12 just outside Colchester. Follow the signs for Harwich. At Ramsey roundabout take the third exit for Dovercourt and continue along, passing the shopping area, towards Harwich. Just before the High Lighthouse on the main road, turn right into Harbour Crescent and the stone pier is at the end. Park along the promenade and then a walk of about 500 yards is required.

Local Tackle Shops: Dean’s Tackle, 43 Palister Rd, Clacton, Tel: 01255 425992 or Metcalf’s, 15 Newgate St, Walton on the Naze, Tel: 01255 675680.