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28th April 2016 | Regional News

Casting Your Net in Dorset

casting your net in dorset

Whether you are a sea angling enthusiast or prefer sitting by a tranquil lake to go fly fishing, we have it covered.

To ensure that you make the most of your stay here in Dorset, we’ve teamed up with a selection of angling experts, from fishing trip providers to local angling clubs, to advise you on the best fishing spots to explore.

Fishing Tails

According to Fishing Tails, Chesil Beach is regarded as the mecca for most sea anglers, whether they are targeting spring Plaice, summer Bream, or winter Cod. Thousands of fishermen, many living hundreds of miles away, flock to Chesil Beach every year.

In the summer months many locals will head down to the beach after work in search of fresh mackerel. It normally only takes a few casts to land enough for the whole family.

Fishing Tails advises that Chesil Beach is not the only venue worth fishing though. Fishing Tails guide clients on lure fishing trips, hunting out hard fighting Bass, Pollock and stunningly colourful Wrasse from the rugged rock and kelp strewn coastline.

From St Albans Head, through Kimmeridge Bay to the Isle of Portland, there cannot be many more stunning or productive marks for lure fishermen in the land, especially at dawn and dusk.

Nearest park to Chesil Beach: Warmwell Holiday Park (30 mins drive)

Fishing Tails

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West Bay Charters & Diving

West Bay Charters is available for boat fishing/sea angling trips, dolphin watching, sight-seeing, diving, and private occasions. Guaranteeing everyone a day to remember, they recommend fishing along the wreck and reef of Dorset.

Refreshments and helpful advice are available whilst on the trips, ensuring you feel at ease and enjoy your time aboard. Sea fishing in Dorset is definitely worth exploring, so come and experience it at its best in Lyme Bay. West Bay Charters welcome both experienced anglers as well as first timers, so there is something for everyone. The 1 hour mackerel trips are particularly popular with families who want to catch some great tasting fish for the BBQ whilst on their holidays.

With plenty of fishing trips available, contact West Bay Charters who will also be able to advise you on the best time of year to go angling if you have a specific type of fish in mind.

Nearest park to West Bay Charters & Diving: West Bay Holiday Park (10 min drive)

Westbay Charters

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Neil Keep Fly Fishing

There are various fly fishing opportunities throughout Dorset from river to lake and saltwater. A couple of Neil Keep Fly Fishing’s favourite venues are Flowers Farm Trout Lakes at Hilfield near Cerne Abbas and if you prefer river fishing, the Dorset Frome around the Dorchester area.

Both venues offer stunning scenery and plenty of wildlife so make for a great day out. Neil Keep Fly Fishing offers tuition and guided fishing days at both of these venues, so if you fancy giving them a go just get in touch.

Nearest park to Flowers Farm Trout Lake: Warmwell Holiday Park (33 mins drive)

Neil Keep Fly Fishing

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Weymouth Angling Club

Weymouth Angling Club believes that angling in Weymouth is amongst some of the best in the country. It has one of the largest charter fleets due to the prolific fishing out of the port. The many wrecks, reefs and sandbanks provide year round angling.

Many World and European competitions have been held out of Weymouth due to a fantastic array of fish that can be caught.

The shore fishing is also outstanding. From the mighty Chesil Beach to the rocky headlands of Portland, and on to the Jurassic coastal waters to the east. All are capable of throwing up amazing catches. Both of the town’s piers are family friendly and offer great fishing for many summer species.

Weymouth Angling Club is a central point for anglers. Their well-stocked bar and friendly staff will be glad to serve all visiting anglers and their families.

There are two tackle shops available to anglers, Weymouth Angling Centre in the main town alongside the harbour, and Chesil Bait ‘n’ Tackle on the main road to Chesil and Portland. Knowledgeable staff are always able to give good service and local advice.

Nearest park to Weymouth: Warmwell Holiday Park (19 mins drive)

Weymouth Angling Club

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Harry May Deep Sea & Mackerel Fishing Trips

Harry May Deep Sea & Mackerel Fishing Trips’ leave from The Cobb which is the harbour in the stunning coastal town, Lyme Regis. They offer deep sea fishing trips which leave every morning, weather permitting, at 8.30am and return at 11.30am, as well as Mackerel fishing trips that last one hour.

Nearest park to Harry May Deep Sea & Mackerel Fishing Trips: West Bay Holiday Park (20 mins drive)

Harry May fishing

Image Supplied by Harry May Deep Sea & Mackerel Fishing Trips

For more ideas of what to do, check out our list of attractions in Dorset.



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