Monday, 14 November 2011

April sunshine, West Bay, Dorset

This site is built using a standard blogspot template, it is not ideal but it is easy to use and is free!

To navigate this site, please use the links to the right, scroll down for links to places to fish, listed under areas, tackle shop links etc. I am adding to the site on a regular basis.

an alphabetical list of links to all fishing spots described in this blog is here

Update History

updated September making lead weights added

updated July/August 2011. Fish Identification pages added
Gobies, Blennies, Wrasse.

Added info and photo to West Bay Harbour

link changed for The Aquarium Project site,
an excellent resource for fish identification

click for accessible venues


Anonymous said...

beautiful mate - beach fisher me self - never got in a boat in my life. Catching lots of dabs at the moment.

frobisher said...

Do you eat the fish you catch? I went mackerel fishing off Beer years ago - caught loads and was then attacked by seagulls after our catch.

haddock said...

Like many fishermen I do not eat the fish I catch. Mackerel and garfish are kept and frozen for bait, sometimes if I catch edible fish sometimes I give them to friends who like fish, sometimes I just put them back.

Anonymous said...

I eat them - what else would I survive on - esp. Dabs, Bass, Cod, plaice and of course mackerel caught much lately Captain H?

haddock said...

Funily enough Mr Mutley I've been catching dogs ! flounders, pout and bits and pieces, Been trying to catch a dab.... Where are they ?

Anonymous said...

Yikes - shall we try to use the word "Huss" in future!!

smellybait said...

Great weblog, good to see some of the marks i used to fish back in the 60`s, I have started fishing again, mostly at Ilfracombe.
I mostly log onto the WSF site.

Jamie said...

This is a delightful blog, well presented and top class.

Nice work

haddock said...

Thanks for your comments, pop back from time to time, I'm adding stuff quite regularly.
Have only recently found WSF but know a few of the posters there.

sallysludgebucket said...

Brilliant site, very informative and leading the way in sea fishing reviews with the use of disabled access logo !

Ace, keep up the good work !


Anonymous said...

Hi Haddock.
Nice Blog ! I'm just starting out sea angling after recently moving to the south west. Could you recommend a good tackle shop / online company that can supply complete sets of weights/swivels etc suitable for most beach/shore fishing situations ? I'm finding that most companies sell these items individualy and i'm buggered if i know what to order !!
Oh by the way i work with your brother Graham ! :-/
Many thanks and keep up the great Blog.

Anonymous said...

How do you get to so many different places and actually know these spots Captain H??

haddock said...

The south coast I fish regularly, 3 times a week usually. I have had quite a few holidays in Pembrokeshire over the years, I also used to live in Kent and in Lincolnshire where I used to fish the coast along the Humber.
I only report on places I have fished myself or a few where I have visited and spoken to locals who fish there. Photos are my own.
Giving up smoking and drinking and being single allows me to spend my money on something worthwhile !
I am off to freeload on a brother in Kent soon to do Sheppey (yeukk) round to Dungeness. And, if I can bear going to Lincs again, might do the Humber later in the year.
PS Mutley, The Mayor of Bridport really does go fishing !

Anonymous said...

Hi Keith,

We met at West bay. Thanks for the
tips and bait. Great session mate.

Purple said...

Wonderfull rescource mate - and much appreciated - know it must take a lot of time and effort to achieve.

Great to see some of those low tide shots too - very usefull.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully fishing Bracklesham Bay this Saturday, early evening.
any tips?

haddock said...

I have never fished there, for up to date info check the WSF forum link on the right. one member there, fargo, says
"Bracklesham is not that great - you are better off heading to Selsey, it has not been fishing that well recently (I live there), and I have been heading to other venues (Pagham is a good one as well). You could try Chichester harbour as some hounds have been caught there, but if you do want to try Bracklesham its not snaggy, its a flat sand and shingle beach, just watch the groynes and you will be fine. Rag is the best bait, you might get some schoolies, and there is a slim chance of a bigger bass. TBH there are better venues a short distance away."
hope this helps

Anonymous said...

You better put the Rag on the hook for me, like you did at West Bay a couple of weeks ago!

Anonymous said...

very intresrting site with good information

tonputter said...

Hope you caught the Trigger or Gurnard you were looking for at the Mumbles Pier 20/8/07.
Great site, learnt more about what the fish look like here than from any book.
Good Luck with the 40+!

haddock said...

Hi, good to meet you there:
No trigger fish or gurnard today but took the species count up to 30 with a thin-lipped grey mullet. Also had a goby but differentiation between the goby species is a job for the experts.
Will try again on Saturday.

tonputter said...

Well done on 30!
If its any help and your going back to the Mumbles pier the chap in the shop said that the Triggers were being caught at low water on rag on the end platform by facing back to the shore and dropping the line straight down the back,
I fished Ogmore beach today with no luck, i'll try the Mumbles again next week.

Driftwood said...

Hi Capt
Cheers for the bait and a good laugh at west bay "2 sept late afternnon" we caught another 13 thorrnback rays and a load of pollock / flattys / pout, we stayed until about 24.00 hours and not one doggy :(, we will be back in contact in about 2 weeks for intel update on fishing at west-bay if you are around there, how did you get on with your species match/hunt ?.

haddock said...

Hi Driftwood,
good to meet you, fishing and laughing; a good combination.
I thought as a blogger your profile link would come up here but it has not, and I, of course have forgotten what you said your site was called.
you can email at haddocksblog at yahoo do co dot uk

I caught 6 species.... the top guy caught 15....... I'll win it next year.

Odiferous said...

Come on, Haddock - when are you going to update this?

We need some more interesting reads!!!

Anonymous said...

What a load of rubbish

haddock said...

well Mr Anonymous, 11.24
point us all to your web pages so that we can see how it should be done. I'm sure we will all learn more about you..... we have already learned a lot by your comment

pisces said...

Very good effort Tiny!I wish I had the aptitude and patience.
Don`t suppose you have a picture of the harbour sometime in the 80`s when the inner basin was frozen over for several days?

Barnes said...

Eye eye captain! As a beginner your posts on WSF and your website are very helpful. I am starting to catch and really enjoy fishing. I think its one of the funniest hobbies around, plenty of opportunities for a good giggle. Caught 4 pout at sandbanks on sat night in about 6 hours which was acually very enjoyable! Then a few small wrasse at durston yesterday, think it might be worth heading to swanage pier. Might see you around sometime!

The Dirty Rat said...

I started sea fishing 57 years ago and am still at it. I now live in Greece which opened up a whole new bag of species but Bass is still my favorite for catching and eating.

Gallimaufry said...

Have to agree that the sliding float rig you show is excellent for mackerel and gar, especially off Swanage Pier. I use a sliding stopknot of thicker monofilament instead of a rubber band and agree about checking terminal tackle frequently.

Beach Bum said...

Was your post on Praa Sands that caught my Googly eye - was there on Saturday for a kid's surf life saving event and was reading up on the beach for a post at my place.Glad I stumbled in here as my 11 yr old is dead set on starting fishing. Any suggestions for what kit he might use and prices for sea fishing off the rocks would be most appreciated!!

woman on a raft said...

Excellent post on Porth Clais.

tomsk said...

Great site - by complete fluke the family and I will be camping near swanage next week and then Porthclais in August. I am a novice looking to spin/plug for bass and mackerel in both spots. This is great. Thank you!

chris said...

Hi Haddock

Great site, any news on how West bay is fishing? I'll be down there this weekend and fancy a spot of fishing if the weather is ok.

Alan said...

Hi, FishyFishy, Good to meet you at Baiter on the flounders match. Thank you for giving me the address of this site, which is excellent - lots to read and digest ! If you would like company when you go to Swanage Pier or elsewhere local - please give me a ring, you have my telephone number. Kind Regards = New Member of WB SAC

Anonymous said...

Hi Haddock, great site, came across it by chance. I generally fish at Dinas Dinlle near Caernarfon where the bass are being caught in large numbers right now but will be coming down south to Stackpole at the end of the month with 3 of my brothers and wondered if you could give some light on whatand where is likely to be fishing well then.
Much appreciated - Sea Scorpion

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the salting instructions - really useful.

tetcrh said...

Hi there man, not sure if you still update or not, but..

Looking to get into shore fishing. When I was a bit younger I fished off boats a fair bit, and have done a little (really I mean a little) coarse.

Basically my old boat set up was a 9ft rod with a 5-7oz casting weight, with a fixed spool reel. I used mainly spinners and feathers, got a lot of mackarel and a few gurnard that way.

What do I need to change about my set up for shore fishing? Do I need to use bait as opposed to lures? Will the rod be okay?

Cheers if you respond matey!

haddock said...

sorry tetcrh, I can't answer individual queries on this site... I suggest you join WSF forum, link on the right hand side.... you will get all the help you need there.
The set up you have will be OK from piers etc but will be a bit insensitive for catching small fish.... which is all most of us catch !

Mark said...

Great Blog mate really informative, Tightlines.

Sea Fishing Tackle said...


This was the only way I could contact you. I spent many years fishing many of the marks you mention. Westbay in Sept was one of the most productive and interesting marks!

I thought you might be interested in my info graphic I made about sea angling -

Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!

FishingifTime said...

Nice colours in the photo!

Steve said...

Came across your blog while researching a couple of marks. Real shame you don't seem to be posting anymore as a really good read, especially seeing all the different species ID features.