Here's this week's selection of the best sea, pier and beach fishing catch reports from top marks around the English, Welsh and Scottish coastlines provided to the team at Sea Angler magazine from reputable sources within the world of sea fishing...
If it’s big catches of mackerel you are after, Roker pier is the place to head to because on a good day you can expect to catch up to one hundred fish in a session.
Tactics: The best sport has been had by those using spinners and feathers off the end of the pier, but if you want to get away from the crowds and fish closer inshore, floatfished strips of mackerel or sprats are also worth a try.
A flood tide is usually best, but there are so many fish around at the moment that it doesn’t really matter what stage of the tide you fish.
Details: Rutherfords, Sunderland, 0191 5654183
There are lots of mackerel to be had from all along Scarborough pier as well as the odd pollack and codling.
Tactics: First or last light are the best times to be out, and if possible fish over high tide. Spinners or feathers cast 30yds-40yds are as complicated as you need to get. There is pay and display parking available just a two-minute walk away on Marine Drive.
Details: GB Angling, Filey Brigg, 01723 374017
Virtually all the marks in the Hunstanton area are providing anglers with good catches of schoolie bass with the occasional better sized fish thrown in.
Tactics: Spinning with Dexter Wedges or fishing on the bottom with lugworms are two tactics which will work, and there’s no need to cast any further than 50yds at most venues. Evening tides are best, but you will still catch plenty in the morning.
Details: Hunstanton Tackle, 01485 535141
Although there haven’t been any big fish reported this week, anglers fishing the marks around the Clacton area have been getting plenty of bites from small bass and soles.
Tactics: If you arm yourself with some peeler crabs and ragworms you’ll be covered on the bait front, and these should be fished on simple two-hook flapper rigs with size 2 or 4 hooks. Day or night isn’t really making any difference to results at the moment, and most marks are easily accessible, with plenty of parking.
Details: Brian Dean Tackle, Clacton, 01255 425992
Smoothhounds to 20lb have been caught by anglers in the Southsea area, along with the odd pouting, bream and the occasional tope.
Tactics: If you are targeting the smoothhounds use either a pulley or one-hook clipped-down rig. A cast of 80yds should put you among the fish and crabs are probably the most effective bait with ragworms a good alternative.
Fish baits are recommended for the tope. Day or night doesn’t make much difference, but if possible try to be out fishing two hours before high water. All the popular marks in the area are easily accessible, with plenty of parking available close by.
Details: Allans Marine, Portsmouth, 02392 671833
There’s some excellent sport to be had from the Abbotsbury end of Chesil Beach with smoothhounds, bass to 6lb, bream, lots of mackerel and plenty of dogfish at night on the cards.
Tactics: It is worth fishing two rods at this venue ¬ one at range, where you will pick up the smoothhounds, and one closer in for the other species.
If you can get your hands on some, fresh peeler crabs will take some beating for the bass and smoothhounds, and ragworms, squid and mackerel will all score for the smaller fish. First light is always a productive time to be out, and ideally you want to fish the tide two hours up and two back down.
Details: Weymouth Angling Centre, 01305 777771
Although they don’t usually show in this area, there are currently huge numbers of small codling being caught from Swanpool beach.
Tactics: You only need a short cast with a two-hook flapper baited with worms to find the cod. There are also some good bass to be had from around the reef on the left-hand-side of the beach, with lures proving a popular way of targeting the species. There is plenty of parking available close to the fishing.
Details: The Tackle Box, Falmouth, 01326 315849
There have been some decent triggerfish to 2lb caught from the Capstone rock mark around the back of Ilfracombe.
Tactics: Floatfishing tactics with crab baits have been scoring, and there have also been some good catches of mackerel made by those using spinners and feathers. This venue fishes best on an incoming tide and most fish have been caught during the hours of daylight. The venue is easily accessible with parking close by.
Details: Variety Sports, Ilfracombe, 01271 862039
There’s a multitude of species being caught from the rock marks in the area, including smoothhounds, wrasse, pollack, mackerel and dogfish.
Tactics: Feathers are always a popular choice with those after the mackerel, but if you want to catch the other species, it is best to take a variety of baits such as crabs, worms and squid. If you are fishing close in you will need rotten bottoms because it is quite snaggy, but if fishing at range for the smoothhounds you’ll be over clean ground. Day time is generally best, and a small to medium tide is preferable.
Details: Anglers Corner, Milford Haven, 01646 698899
Bass are being caught from all over the area, but two marks which are definitely worth a look are Castle Rock and the South beach, where there are also flounders, dabs and mackerel to be had.
Tactics: Floatfishing is the best approach at Castle Rock because of the snags, and prawns and crabs have been proving popular baits for the bass.
For general fishing at the South beach, flapper rigs are recommended and mackerel or sandeel baits will catch pretty much everything.
Low water is the preferred time to fish, otherwise the amount of weed around at the moment is a nuisance, and day or night isn’t making any difference to catch results.
Details: Abertackle, Aberystwyth, 01970 611200
Locals are heading to Prestatyn beach where there are lots of schoolie bass along with the odd sizeable fish and plaice to be had.
Tactics: The area around the Nova Centre is a good spot to head to, and a short cast with a flapper rig and fresh lugworms or crabs is all that is required to get a few bites. Evening tides are best ¬ fish high down to low water. There are plenty of car parks along the sea front.
Details: Flintshire Tackle, 01352 730035
There’s the chance of a double figure bass from the back of the power station, but you’ll probably have to wade through lots of schoolies before you connect with a better sized fish.
Tactics: Peeler crab will take some beating if you’re after the bass and you’ll catch over high and low water especially at first or last light.
Plaice are also starting to show from the north end of the promenade to lugworm or ragworm on two or three-hook paternoster rigs. Again, high or low water is preferable.
Details: Gerry’s of Morecambe, 01524 422146