Gillingham Pier Sea Fishing Mark

Gillingham Pier sits in the Medway River and is approximately seven nautical miles down fiver from the Thames estuary.  At this point of the Medway the river is approximately half a mile wide.  To the right hand side of the pier is a small harbour, which is tidal.  Railings provide security running along part of the approach road and along the front of the Pier.  Fishing is only permitted along the front of the pier, prohibited in the harbour where boats are moored.  The seabed at Gillingham Pier is muddy and a gully runs into the docks to the left hand side.  There is ample parking and access for disabled anglers is excellent with a designated parking space available.  The Pier is popular and can get exceptionally busy during school holidays!


Flounders, eels and soles during the summer months provide excellent sport.  Whilst mullet specialists are able to fish the pier with certainty as the mullet are visible along the pier wall.  During the winter months whiting are predominant whilst the rise in codling numbers this year increases your chance of a catch.  School bass can also be caught therefore the chance of a bigger bass is always possible.

Arm yourself with rag worm for the soles using a two-hook paternoster rig casting short thirty to forty yards into the Medway.  Flounders love harbour rag (maddies) and rag worm and a short cast will more often than not produce a fish.  Bass can also be persuaded to take the rag worm.  The early spring months see the eels arrive as the crabs peel, and fishing a small bait of crab on a pulley clipped down rig using size 1 or 2 crab hooks at distance will see the eels take the bait.
Mullet move into the harbour as the tide starts to flood and can be seen stirring up the mud.  Bread bag baits together with harbour rag (maddies) are the bait of choice for mullet specialists.
During the winter months whiting can be caught using a two hook rig baited with lugworm tipped with mackerel or squid.
The tide does not run hard on the flood therefore a four to five ounce breakaway lead will suffice.  Fifteen-pound main line with a sixty-pound shock leader will cover all eventualities on Gillingham Pier.


The Anglers Den, 10 Franklin Rd, Gillingham, ME7 4DF, tel: 01634 852180.
Opening times: 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday, 8am-11.30am Sunday.
Bait: Lug, rag plus frozen baits.

Medway Tackle Supplies, 374 Canterbury St, Gillingham, ME7 5JU, tel: 01634 570740.
Opening times: 9am-5.15pm Monday to Friday, 8am-5.15pm Saturday, 9am-12.30pm Sunday.
Bait: Lug, rag plus frozen baits.

Tight Line Fishing Tackle, Unit 8a Spectrum Business Centre, Rochester, ME2 4NP, tel: 01634 724666.
Opening times: 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday.
Bait: Lug, rag plus frozen baits.

Just Baits, 70-76 Luton High St, Chatham, ME5 7LJ, tel: 01634 817771.
Opening times: 8am-5.30pm Monday to Thursday,  8am-6pm Friday, 8am-5.30pm Saturday, 8am-1pm Sunday.
Bait: Lug, rag plus frozen baits.

Rod and Line Angling Centre, 12 High St, Chatham, ME4 4EP, tel: 01634 880770.
Opening times: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-6.30pm Friday, 9am-5.30pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
Bait: Lug, rag plus frozen baits.

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Directions : Take junction 4 of the M2 onto the A278. Turn left at the roundabout with Tescos on your right then onto the A289 which is Pier Rd. Follow the signs for Gillingham pier.