Posted August 21st, 2010 | No Comments
It is so easy to get hooked on shore angling around the isle of Portland! In fact, it is considered by many to be one of the best spots in the UK for shore angling, regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced. There are so many different species of fish that abound in this area, including Mullet, Bass, Pollack and Wrasse. And depending on which area you choose to cast your line, the variety of fish species can become even more exquisite.
Chesil Beach, the long stretch of coast line that connects Portland to Weymouth, has the prestige of being voted the number one angling spot in the whole of Britain for two years running by “Improve Your Sea Angling” magazine! It is a shingle beach which slopes deeply almost immediately; this makes casting almost effortless. And, if you’re in need of supplies, then it is easy to pop into the Chesil Beach Angling Centre.
Portland Bill is another favoured site, with Bass, Pollack, Mackeral, Wrass, Garfish, and Conger being prevalent in these waters. Though the tides run strong here, you can turn this to your advantage by using the currents to release and retrieve your lures.
At Church Ope Cove, you can fish in the shadows of the ancient Rufus Castle which dates back to Norman times. Angling here is great for families, as the beach is protected from prevailing winds by the enveloping cliffs. Beachcasting at night can be particularly rewarding, as Bass and Conger are common.
Finally, stop at Ferry Bridge to complete your angling tour of Portland. The bridge itself is the only road that links the isle to the rest of England. Though fishing from the bridge itself is not recommended, there are plenty of rock outcrops that offer a great stance from which to spin or floatfish.