Thursday, 1 March 2007

The Solent, Netley

Netley Abbey, looking across to Fawley.

This is a shallow shingle beach with extensive mud flats exposed at low spring tides; it is fishable for a few hours either side of high tide. The beach faces south west and is east of Southampton, easiest approach is via Burseldon from the M27onto the B3397 or over the Itchen toll bridge from Southampton. Follow the brown signs for Netley Abbey. There is some free parking in Beach Lane off Victoria Road.
Target species here will be flounder and bass; both will take ragworm and slipper limpets can be found along the shore which make excelent bait. Eels are around in the summer months
There is a tackle shop in Bridge Road, Woolston and another, coincidentally, in Bridge Road, Burseldon on the A27. There are some shops a short walk away in Netley.

Netley, looking upriver towards Weston Shore.

A short distance across loose shingle to a firm beach.

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