Admiralty Pier Sea Fishing Mark

This is the best shore cod mark in the south of England, where the best time to fish in winter is from high water down and into darkness.

For club membership contact Dover SAA: 01304 204722

Expect codling, pouting, whiting, dabs and dogfish in winter. Bigger cod show from mid-November to January.

Bass are landed in summer from the extension and end to fresh mackerel: 50lb line is required for this.

Mackerel in summer to feathers around high water from the first half near the Turret. Other species include garfish, scad, pollack, pout, bream, gurnards, plaice, wrasse and mullet. Smoothhounds are caught on peeler crabs in summer from the extension.

Fresh black and yellowtail lug are the best baits, with calamari squid an essential for cocktails in winter.

A large bait is required for big cod.

Bunches of common lug can be effective, with peeler crabs deadly when there are lots of codling.

Sandeels are a stanby bait and catch dogfish, whiting, pout and codling.

A 6oz gemini yellow head fixed wire lead is essential, with 15lb mainline improving its bottom-holding capacity during the flood tide. Make sure you use a strong leader knot because the bottom is muddy in places. A long leader helps when  lifting fish.

Best rig is a one-up, one-down, but a three-hook flapper is the match angler's choice.

Size 1 hooks are the minimum due to the strong tide, but use 3/0 and upwards for cod. There is no need to cast more than 50 yards. A 6ft flowing trace and size 6/0 Pennell is best for bass. Always take a net.


Number of lakes/pegs : N/A
Prices : £3 Full Member. £5 Associate Member. £6 Non-Member. £2.50 OAP and Juniors
Opening times : Winter: 8am - 4pm and 4pm - 9pm Sunday to Thursday; 8am - 4pm and 4pm - 6am Friday and Saturday. Evening opening extended during the summer.
Directions : Take the third exit on the second roundabout from the A2. There is pay parking around the pier entrance.
Season : All year