Littlestone Bay, Sea Fishing Mark

Situated along Coast Road, The mile-long stretch between Littlestone and New Romney is known as The Avenue. Go to the Water Tower some 500 yards along Coast Road, where the fi shing can be productive. The sea wall runs along the shingle beach, which edges the muddy sea bed and is separated along the vast expanse of beach by groynes set approximately 100 yards apart. It is worth looking at this mark at low water, because the groynes are not visible at high tide to pick your spot.

Species

The summer produces bass and eels, together with the possibility of a plaice. Whiting and codling can be caught on winter nights during a big tide just after an onshore gale. Ideal times for bass are in May and June during a south-westerly gale or just after, when the sea is coloured and rough. Fishing times are three hours up to high tide for the bass and over high tide for the plaice.

Bait and Tackle

Dungeness black lug can be used all year, but the eels like a small piece of worm or half a peeler crab. If you are targeting plaice, Dungeness blacks are the bait of choice. Sea conditions need to be calm to entice the plaice to feed, but a rough sea increases the chances of landing a good bass. A standard beachcaster and a reel loaded with 15lb mainline and a 60lb shockleader will suffi ce. Use a two-hook paternoster for the bass with 24in snoods and size 1/0 or 2/0 hooks. A two-hooked clipped rig is ideal for plaice. A 5oz or 6oz breakout sinker should be used here.

Tackle Shop

● Marsh Tackle, Unit 5 Cinque Ports Road, Mountfi eld Industrial Estate, New Romney, TN28 8LJ,

Tel: 01797 366131.

Opening times: 8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday (closed Wednesday afternoon), 8.30am-5.30pm Friday and Saturday.

Bait: Fresh lugworms and ragworms, plus frozen baits.

● Point Tackle, The Allendale, Dungeness, TN29 9ND

Tel: 01797 320049.

Opening times: 8am-8pm seven days.

Bait: Black lugworms and frozen baits.

● Seagull Fishing Tackle, 4 The Parade, Greatstone, TN28 8NP

Tel: 01797 366837.

Opening times: 9am-5pm weekends.

Bait: Black lugworms and frozen baits.

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Directions : Leave the M20 at junction 10 (Ashford International) and follow the signs for New Romney and Dungeness. Once in New Romney, turn right into Station Road that leads to Littlestone Road. Turn left at the junction of Marine Parade and Coast Road and drive along the sea wall. There is ample parking in front of the sea wall. Disabled anglers will fi nd this mark accessible. The venue has cafés and three local tackle shops within approximately a one-mile radius.