Hinkley Point and Stolford Reefs sea fishing marks

This is a noted cod venue with fishing from steep, low-water reefs onto broken ground.
The reefs stretch from the power station up to Stolford. You should also be aware of the tides, especially on the bigger ones as it will flood behind you and cut you off.

SPECIES

October to March are the main months for cod. Thornback rays, whiting, pouting, poor cod and smoothhounds can also be expected.
The warm water outlets can be productive for bass and silver eels.

BAIT AND TACKLE

Rag and lug tipped with squid for the cod, but tip off with fish-baits for the whiting and pouting. Rag, peeler crabs and mackerel will attract rays and bass.
In early winter, peelers will be the main bait for the cod. The big bait, big fish rule applies at this mark.
Your tackle should be up to fishing into rough ground. 3/0 Pennell-pulley rigs will be ideal for cod, but scale down your hook size when targeting the smaller species.
Tackle losses can be high but using a rotten-bottom will keep it to a minimum. On the bigger tides you will have to use a break-out lead to manage the strong tide pull.

TACKLE SHOP

SOMERSET ANGLING, 74 Bath Rd, Bridgewater, tel: 01278 431777.
Opening times: 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm Saturday, Closed Sunday.
Baits: Lug and rag daily plus selection of frozen baits.

WEST COAST ANGLING CENTRE, 53 Swain St, Watchet, tel: 01984 634807.
Opening times: 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 5.30pm Friday, 8.30pm 5.30pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
Baits: Lug, rag and peeler crab daily. Frozen baits available.

WAYNE’S TACKLE, 61 Eastover, Burnham, Somerset, tel: 01278 429335.
Opening times: 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 9am – 2.30pm Sunday.
Baits: Lug and rag daily plus frozen baits.


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Directions : Leave the M5 at junction 25 to Taunton. Take the A358 to Williton and at the roundabout go right onto the A39 to Bridgewater. Follow this past Kilve and before Holford take the left turn signposted for Lilstock. Follow the signs for Stolford and Cannington to Hinkley Point. Turn left into the power station and park in the visitor’s car park. A short walk to the sea front and you will see the reefs stretching out to the right.