Twiss Groyne Sea Fishing Mark

A large rock groyne marks the boundary between Princes Parade, Seabrook, and Marine Parade, Hythe. It is at the end of Twiss Road, opposite the Imperial Hotel, and is known as Twiss Groyne.

A favoured draw on this popular competition venue is the high side of the groyne on the western side (facing the sea). A steep and fairly deep beach, it produces fish all year.

The groyne is a main feature and is rarely without anglers. The tide is medium and runs west to east at high tide. Beware of casting close to the groyne marker at the end because the tide will sweep your line around it.

SPECIES
The groyne is a handy low tide access point when plugging for bass in summer.

High tide is the favoured time for bottom fishing for dabs, flounders, soles, bass, plaice, whiting, pouting and rockling, with the odd codling showing through autumn and winter.

During summer there are mackerel in daylight, with pouting and the odd bass or soles after dark. The spring tides are always most productive, especially during or after a southwesterly gale.

BAIT AND TACKLE
Black or common lugworms are favoured in winter, especially tipped with a piece of squid, clam, fish or white rag.

Razorfish and clams can sometimes be deadly after a storm in the New Year. A live pout or whole Calamari squid fished close to the groyne after dark tempts bass.

Feathers are used for the mackerel in summer. In clear water it's the spot to fish a float for scad, garfish and the odd big mullet in summer.

Small whiting returned near the groyne often attract bass in autumn, so keep an eye on the surface.

Long-range casting is best during autumn and winter, although a large bait fished close often accounts for a bass. In late winter scratching for rockling and flounders close in on the eastern side of the groyne wins a lot of the matches.

Best is a three-hook clipped rig for range or a flapper with size 2 hooks and standard beachcaster, casting a 5oz breakout lead weight.

GETTING THERE
Head for Hythe on the M20 off junction 11. Take the A259 east out of Hythe towards Folkestone, then the first right after the roundabout at the east end of Hythe town centre, that's Twiss Road. A car park close to the big groyne can take 20-plus vehicles.

TACKLE SHOPS
Den's Tackle, Dymchurch Rd, Hythe, tel: 01303 267053.
Opening times: 7.30am to 6pm. Open seven days.
Bait: Black lug, frozen bait and Gulp artificial.

Mick's Tackle, 1 Thirstane Terrace, Dymchurch Rd, Hythe, tel: 01303 266334.
Opening times: 8.30am to 6pm. Open seven days.
Bait: All fresh baits, including yellowtail and black lug. Bait to order.


Directions : Head for Hythe on the M20 off Junction 11. Take the A259 east out of Hythe towards Folkestone and take the first turning on the right after the roundabout at the east end of Hythe town centre, that's Twiss Road. Car park close to the big groyne
Season : Summer for bass, mackerel, pouting, sole, scad, garfish, mullet, autumn for whiting and bass, winter for bass, rockling, flounder

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