Chesil Beach is probably one of the most iconic names amongst fisherman anywhere around the British Isles. This long stretch of shingle beach starting at Epe in the West and running to Portland in the East attracts thousands of anglers every year. This is a beach where local knowledge on tides and specific spots is key as the beach can be extremely hit and miss. You need to know the most prevalent and fished areas that year on year produce good bags of fish.
Boat fishing from Weymouth
Type of Fishing: Reef - Bank - Wreck - Species (comps/hunts) - Flatties - Rays - Conger - Tope - Bream - etc.
All Year Round Angling - Reef/Bank/Wreck/Flatty, Competitions, Specialized Trips, Angling Breaks, West Country Trips, Specialised Flatty trips for Turbot,Brill and Plaice. Fish the Famous SHAMBLES BANK which is less than 8 miles from Weymouth for Turbot and Brill.
During May the fishing is generally excellent with some great action with Black Bream,Rays,Tope,Smooth Hounds,Plaice etc on the inshore marks.The wrecks are good for Pollack,Cod,Bass and Ling. Angling breaks are good with lads having some great fishing and also had an excellent social side to their trips as well during their few days in Weymouth. ANGLING BREAKS - A few days away fishing out of Weymouth along with the social side is a nice trip to do.The variety of fishing and the amount of different species caught at Weymouth is probably second to none.
35 different species have now been caught on a Charter-boat so far this year. Flamer IV Fish of the Month for May 18Ib 4oz Starry Smooth Hound.(Pictured).
The Chesil Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast which is part of England's only natural World Heritage Site.
Chesil Beach is approximately 17 miles long all of which is fishable but some areas are out-of-bounds as they are part of a nature reserve. It extends from Chesil Cove in the east to Bridport Harbour. The beach slopes very steeply especially at the eastern end so even a short cast will put your bait into deep water. Please also note that the tides are dangerous along the beach with strong undercurrents. Only very strong swimmers should attempt to swim here. Because this beach is so vast I will only describe a few marks where there is easy access and other facilities nearby.
During late spring and early summer, mackerel shoal along the whole of the beach in great numbers. Most people target them with a feather rig which can be bought cheaply from all tackle stores. Mackerel are most easily caught during daylight in calm weather and can come very close to the shore as dusk approaches. Look for signs of seagulls diving into the sea. This is a good sign that small fish are being chased to the surface by a shoal of predators.