Vale Park Sea Fishing Mark

This popular mark on the Wirral side of the Mersey is fished at low water from a clean sandbank into one of the Mersey channels.

It can produce some excellent fishing for dabs and whiting in the winter, with eels, flounders, plaice and dabs throughout the summer, but other species have shown in recent years, such as bass, conger eels, rays and dogfish.

Best fished on tides over 28 feet, two-and-a-hours before low water to one hour after. Beware of the channel filling up behind you.

SPECIES

Dabs, whiting and codling from October through to March. Plaice, flounders, dabs and occasional bass throughout the summer with the occasional rays and dogfish during August and September.

BAIT AND TACKLE

A lugworm tipped with a piece of mackerel is best for the whiting and dabs in the winter. Crabs will attract the bigger codling. Crabs are also best in summer, although it is worth trying fish baits and sandeels for some other species. Use a standard beachcaster, 15lb mainline with a 50lb or 60lb shockleader and 5-6oz grip lead weights. Fish a two-hook flapper rig with size 2-1/0 hooks. Bigger baits and hooks can be used depending on what species you are seeking.

GETTING THERE

Leave the M53 at junction 1 and follow signs for New Brighton along Sea front to round about in New Brighton turn right onto A 554 Sea Bank Rd, after approx 0.5 ml turn left into Magazine Lane signposted Vale Park.

 


Directions : Take the M53 into Seacombe and then the A554 to New Brighton. The A554 runs parallel to the promenade. Turn right into King Lake Road and head towards the promenade. Plenty of parking on the roads
Season : Dab all year, summer for flounder, plaice and eel, winter for whiting and codling

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