Where to fish in and around Folkestone

Folkestone Pier

Folkestone Pier has long been a popular fishing location in the south east of Kent England. The pier is usually bustling with anglers most of the year round. The fishing here is over very mixed ground with many anglers preferring a long cast to avoid the rocks and weeds that are close in to the pier. The area produces so many species each year and is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area.

Summer Species: Bass, dogfish, Pollack, pouting. mackerel and plaice

Winter Species: Dabs, pouting, whiting, dogfish, soles and codling

Bait: Lugworms, squid and ragworm

Tactics: Fish at range here to avoid losing tackle. The fast moving tide here also means it is essential to fish with gripped leads. The loop rigs seem to be favoured here by many angers with two or three hooks at size 1. If you fish close to the pier try using float fished mackerel or ragworm for sport with the summer fish such as pollack, wrasse, bream, mackerel and garfish. During the winter months small worm baits will catch most species including the flatties. For the chance of Codling the preferred method is black lug fished on a pulley style rig fished at range.

Getting there: Once you have arrived in to Folkestone follow the sings for the sea front and you cannot miss the pier. Parking is available in pay and display car parks clos by.

Local Tackle Shops: Folkestone Angling, CT20 1JU, tel: 01303 253881 or Harbour Tackle, CT20 1QW, tel: 01303 220763