Top marks to fish now

Sea Angler (UK) - - Con­tents -

De­tails of 113 rec­om­mended places for you to try.

EAST SCOT­LAND

Some floun­ders likely on sandy beaches around In­ver­ness and the Mo­ray Firth, with a chance of small tur­bot. Bod­dam or Peter­head pier have cod, coal­fish, pol­lack and dabs. For cod, try big baits over low wa­ter at the rock skeers around East Haven, Auchmithie, Usan, John­shaven or Gour­don. Cod also at Muchalls, Portlethen, Fin­don and Cove.

Dundee's River­side Drive has floun­ders, codling and coal­fish on lug, rag and fish. El­liot beach, Ar­broath, gives floun­ders, tur­bot, pos­si­ble plaice and small codling. Ex­pect some floun­ders and tur­bot from Kirk­caldy and Leven beaches, with cod from Buck­haven, Elie and St Mo­nans in coloured wa­ter. Rock marks around Eye­mouth and North Ber­wick pro­duce a few cod in a south-east­erly wind and coloured wa­ter. Try Tor­ness power sta­tion in rough con­di­tions. Thorn­ton­loch and Bel­haven have floun­ders and tur­bot.

Tackle shop: Deals on Reels, Cow­den­beath, tel: 01383 515550.

NORTHUM­BER­LAND

Big­ger cod pos­si­ble in the deeper wa­ter from How­ick up­wards. Try low wa­ter night fish­ing from rock marks at Had­ston, Haux­ley, Al­n­mouth and Fox­ton. Ex­pect floun­ders from Druridge Bay, Wark­worth and Em­ble­ton. Ex­pect cod from Craster, Bead­nell and New­ton. Dun­stan­burgh Cas­tle may be an op­tion, with other res­i­dent species of­fer­ing an al­ter­na­tive; LRF would be ideal. The es­tu­ar­ies pro­duce flat­fish.

Tackle shop: Am­ble Angling Cen­tre, tel: 01665 711200

TYNE & WEAR

Ex­pect whit­ing from Roker pier, with big tides the best; use lug and mack­erel baits. Rock marks at Whit­burn and Mars­den still give a chance of cod. Ex­pect floun­ders from the rivers Tyne and Wear.

Tackle shop: Ruther­ford’s Angling, Sun­der­land, tel: 0191 565 4183.

YORKS & LINCS

Cod are harder to find now, but flat beach or pier marks of­fer flat­fish and whit­ing. If there is colour in the wa­ter and a good tide, then Scar­bor­ough or Fi­ley Brigg can pro­duce cod, pol­lack and coalies. Try a deep-wa­ter mark like Hawsker or Long Hole dur­ing a good swell.

The Hold­er­ness Coast pro­duces cod, whit­ing and thorn­back rays. Codling are caught from the Hum­ber es­tu­ary. Try Im­ming­ham’s Yel­low Cross and the Woods, with worms and squid the best baits. Ex­pect floun­ders at Hum­ber­ston Creek. The Lin­colnshire beaches pro­duce whit­ing and dabs on wrapped black lug.

Tackle shop: North Bay Angling, Bridling­ton, tel: 01262 401144.

NOR­FOLK

Ex­pect dabs from Cley to Blak­eney Point, also west of Beach Road at Salt­house, plus Wey­bourne and Kelling. Catches can im­prove to­wards Kelling block­house. Wey­bourne wreck pro­duces codling and big pout. Un­der the cliffs may give codling, par­tic­u­larly af­ter a northerly blow or at night. Avoid fish­ing here dur­ing very rough seas on big tides. The rough ground west from Sher­ing­ham lifeboat to­wards Wey­bourne gives codling. Trim­ing­ham, Mun­des­ley, Bac­ton and Wal­cott pro­duce dabs and tiny whit­ing, with codling pos­si­ble in March. Avoid these beaches dur­ing big flood tides.

Tackle shop: Rite Gear Angling Cen­tre, Cromer, tel: 01263 838248.

SUF­FOLK & ES­SEX

The start of the spring run of codling de­pends on the avail­abil­ity of peeler crabs. Cod are caught from the sea­wall at the back of Birds Eye fac­tory, Low­est­oft, which is rough ground. Best baits are crabs or dirty squid. Kess­ing­land to Be­nacre sluice should be fished on the last two hours down and first of flood. Whit­ing, dabs, floun­ders and a few cod with thorn­back rays still pos­si­ble from Wal­ton and Clac­ton piers.

Tackle shop: Me­tal­ite Tackle, Wal­ton, tel: 01255 675680.

KENT

Hotspots in­clude Seabrook and Hythe for dabs. The beach be­tween Re­doubt Cor­ner at Hythe and Dym­church has codling and thorn­back rays. Denge­marsh, Gal­loways and Hythe can of­fer plaice in March, if the weather is set­tled.

Dun­geness of­fers codling and is a dab hotspot; fish be­tween the mid­dle of the boats and the power sta­tion with old lug tipped with sprat or her­ring. March pro­duces codling to worm and squid baits.

Tackle shop: Folke­stone Angling, tel: 01303 253881.

SUS­SEX

Oc­ca­sional big cod are likely from Langney Point, Shore­ham and Selsey Bill. Smooth­hounds are show­ing early too. Ex­pect some un­du­late rays at Selsey’s east beach dur­ing low wa­ter. If the sea is set­tled, there could be plaice from Brighton and East­bourne. Floun­ders are ap­pear­ing at the open beaches.

Tackle shop: Tony’s Tackle, East­bourne, tel: 01323 731388.

HANTS & DORSET

Dur­ing early March thorn­backs should turn up through­out the So­lent; try Hayling Is­land and East­ney. Hengist­bury Head and Mude­ford beach will be good for plaice and small tur­bot. Small-eyed rays usu­ally show in March.

Poole Har­bour will still give floun­ders to both rag and lug. Rocks from Swan­age and Dur­dle Door of­fer con­gers, huss, rock­ling, wrasse and pol­lack, with oc­ca­sional big­ger bass. It’s time for plaice at Ch­e­sil Beach; there might be cod too.

Tackle shop: Christchurch Angling Cen­tre, tel: 01202 480520.

SOM­ER­SET

Bris­tol Chan­nel shore an­glers ex­pect the su­perb cod sport to con­tinue, and even im­prove into spring. Best ar­eas are Brean Down, Sand­point, Bat­tery Point, Hink­ley Point and St Au­dries. There should be plenty of thorn­back rays too.

Tackle shop: Thy­ers Tackle, High­bridge, tel: 01278 786934.

WALES

In South Wales, try Ben­drick Rock for cod, whit­ing, con­gers, dog­fish, rock­ling, sil­ver eels, floun­ders, and rays. Try smaller tides if you fish over high wa­ter (less than 12.5m Barry scale). Stout Point pro­duces cod, rays, dog­fish, con­gers, pout­ing and rock­ling. Fish the last three hours of the ebb and first hour of the flood. Og­more Deeps gives cod, whit­ing and dog­fish; fish about an hour be­fore high tide to three hours af­ter.

Flat­fish and dog­fish pos­si­ble from the west coast es­tu­ary marks. Thorn­back rays pos­si­ble at Ty Coes, An­gle­sey. Plaice show in March from the Conwy es­tu­ary and River Dee.

An­glers have hit out at pro­pos­als to ban night fish­ing at Llan­dudno pier; from March 1, an­glers can only fish be­tween 8am-6pm on a des­ig­nated plat­form.

Tackle shop: Main­war­ings Angling Cen­tre, Swansea, tel: 01792 202245.

MERSEY­SIDE

Fish­ing slows down un­til the first peel of crabs and the first flush of spent plaice. There will be dabs and whit­ing, with Perch Rock a good choice. Ot­ter­spool prom­e­nade pro­duces whit­ing and oc­ca­sional codling. March also sees a few floun­ders, small whit­ing and codling.

Tackle shop: Taskers Angling, Liver­pool, tel: 0151 260 6015.

LAN­CASHIRE

Rays are in­shore along the Fylde Coast at Cleve­leys and Fleet­wood. There will be lots of floun­ders in the Lune and Kent.

Tackle shop: Gerry’s Fish­ing, More­cambe, tel: 01524 422146.

CUM­BRIA

Cod fish­ing is un­pre­dictable, but plaice may show at White­haven piers (also dabs and floun­ders) and around Sid­dick. Floun­ders at Sil­loth and Port Carlisle.

Tackle shop: C&D Sup­plies, Sil­loth, tel: 07919 924154.

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