Where to fish in and around Minehead

Gasworks Beach

Gasworks beach

Gasworks beach is situated close to the town centre of Minehead and with good parking and amenities close to the mark this is a great option when exploring the Severn estuary. This area is probably not the best idea for novices or those just getting in to the sport as the large tides and snaggy ground can make the fishing anywhere along the Severn estuary a challenge. Be prepared to wear a good pair of walking boots or waders and move around. During low water bait collection is possible with peelers in the rocks and weed at the right time of year.

Summer Species: Bass, smoothhounds, mackerel, congers, pouting, rays, gurnard, dogfish and buss huss

Winter Species: Codling, whiting, congers and pouting

Bait: Mackerel, squid, lugworm, ragworm, peeler crab and bluey

Tactics: Best fishing here is any tide but low water springs best left for a couple of hours as the sand gets fully exposed. Fish with good quality beach fishing gear. 20lb mainline is probably the minimum you should really fish with to combat the snaggy ground. Pulley style rigs with large sandeel or crab baits will catch you the bass, codling, rays and smoothhounds. Dropper style rigs will pick up most other species. This is a mark where knowing what you are targeting is really advantageous as specifically gearing your approach to that fish is very important.

Getting there: Gasworks beach this is the beach at the very end of the harbour road another handy mark pay and display car park read the notices was free at night and in winter but things change in this economic climate, handy for the tackle shop on the harbour for bait and toilet block in the car park.

Local Tackle Shops: Westcoast Tackle, Quay St, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5UL, Tel: 01643 705745