Atherfield Sea Fishing Mark

Atherfi eld is on the south-west of the island and provides easy access to deep water and a varied sea bed. The middle section of the beach offers generally clean ground, the ground to the west is rougher and deeper while it is very rocky at the eastern end, known as Atherfield ledge.

 

SPECIES
Ballan wrasse are caught from Atherfield ledge, congers on the rougher ground and rays from cleaner sections. Painted rays are the most common, but others also put in an appearance. Bass, pouting and dogfish are taken.

 

BAIT AND TACKLE
Use fresh mackerel and pouting for congers. A sandeel, alone or with a squid wrap, gets rays. Ragworms and crabs for wrasse. Bass take most baits. A surfcasting outfit suitable for mixed ground should be used. A 5-6oz wired lead is fine in most conditions though 8oz will be required if the swell is heavy. Distance casting with a clippeddown pulley rig with hooks around size 4/0 catches wrasse.

Other species can be caught closer to the beach. Bass are often in the breaking surf. Atherfi eld ledge offers scope for the plug and lure angler.

 

GETTING THERE
Shepherd's Chine offers the easiest access. This is located at the western side of the Atherfield holiday camp on Military Road (A3055). Car parking is on the grass verge.

 

TACKLE SHOPS
Angells Angling Centre, 7 Yarborough Mews Arcade, Shanklin, tel: 07890 160336.
Opening times: 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday.
Bait: Fresh ragworms and a selection of frozen bait.

Barney's Bait Supplies, 2 Bridge Rd, Cowes, tel: 01983 280704 or 07880 674484.
Opening times: 8am-10pm every day.
Bait: Fresh ragworms and a selection of frozen bait.

Pryde of Cowes, 12 Birmingham Rd, Cowes, tel: 01983 299211.
Opening times: 5am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 6am-1pm Sunday.
Bait: Fresh ragworms and a selection of frozen bait.

Stuart's Bait and Tackle Centre, Shanklin, tel: 01983 868100.
Opening times: 9.30am-6pm Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm Sunday.
Bait: Fresh ragworms and a selection of frozen bait.

Tackle Box, The Avenue, Freshwater, tel: 01983 752260.
Opening times: 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-1pm Sunday.
Bait: Fresh local bait and frozen bait always available.

Scotties Tackle, 11 Ludley St, Newport,, tel 01983 522115 and 22 Fitzroy St, Sandown, tel: 01983 404555.
Opening times: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 9am-noon Sunday.
Bait: Fresh ragworms and peeler crabs in season and a selection of frozen bait.

Union Sports Isle of Wight Angling Centre, 2 Union St, Ryde, tel: 01983 616636 & 3 High St, Sandown, tel: 01983 406639.
Opening times: Ryde, 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-2pm, Sunday; Sandown, 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday.
Bait: Large selection of fresh and frozen bait, including peeler crabs.


Directions : Shepherd's Chine offers the easiest access to the beach. This is at the western side of the Atherfield holiday camp on Military Road (A3055)

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