Southend on Sea

Where to fish in and around Southend on Sea

Southend Pier

Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world and is a very popular tourist attraction in the South East of England. At nearly 1.4 miles long this pier offers some fantastic opportunities for the recreational angler. The pier fishes well throughout the year when a variety of species are able to be caught. A fantastic location for anglers of all abilities and good accessibility for disabled anglers. There is a charge to fish the pier which is somewhere close to £5.50, you can check this on the tourism webpage for up to date prices.

Summer Species: Bass, Sole, mackerel, dogfish, smoothhound, garfish, pouting, plaice and flounders

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

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

Tactics: There are many approaches that will work when fishing along the pier. In the summer float fished mackerel strip or sandeel can be a fun way to fish and you stand a good chance of catching mackerel, garfish and bass deploying these tactics. Bottom fished baits such as ragworm or lugworm will also work well in the summer and flatties are common when fishing this way. In the winter the main target is codling and these can be caught using cocktail baits such as peeler and lugworm fished on a Pennell style rig at range. Fish the flooding tide and allow for a good colour to be in the water for your best chance.

Getting there: Having arrived in Southend follow the sign for the sea front and you can’t fail to miss the pier. Parking is available in pay and display car parks close by.

Local Tackle Shops: Southend Angling Centre, 5-6 Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea, Tel: 01702 603303 or Petes Tackle, 103 Rochford Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Tel: 01702 348600