Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Bristol Channel, Dunster Beach

Dunster Beach, looking east towards Minehead, low tide.

Dunster Beach is reached by turning off the A39 to the east of Minehead, there are brown information signs that lead you through the village over the railway line to a large pay and display car park and picnic area. There is a kiosk selling drinks and snacks in season and there is a toilet block at the western end of the car park. This venue is a shallow water mark and can only be fished for, at the most, a couple of hours each side of high tide; best on the biggest tides. It produces the usual dogfish, rays, small conger along with the occasional bass with cod and whiting in winter.The ground is fairly clean shingle and sand so tackle losses should be minimal... in any case, if you wait an hour or two you can walk out to get it back.

Dunster Beach, looking west.

To the west there is a chalet park which is private, stay to the car park area or take the coast path if you want to fish further west. This is an area which can be surveyed at low tide to look for likely fish holding features like gullies or rough ground patches. The locals head off to the west of the car park to their favoured marks.
Nearest tackle shops are West Coast Angling at Minehead, 01643 705745 (a kiosk on the Harbour ) or in Swain Street, Watchet 01984 634807, there is a shop at the caravan park at Blue Anchor which stocks a small selection of tackle bits and pieces and frozen bait.