Marks on the Isle of Wight

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Marks on the Isle of Wight

Post by Guest on Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:02 am

Chale Bay.

This mark can be found along the A3055, military rd running between Blackgang and freshwater bay.

There is plenty of parking in a free carpark on the seaward side of the road. A short walk to the cliff top access is via whale chine there is a sign saying "access to the beach is closed" this sign has been up for at least 10 years, ignore it.

There used to be wooden steps all the way down but due to land slides the bottom half are missing. A track being made by local anglers continues from where the steps end. This is not a venue for people with a fear of heights, also don't attempt during wet weather as the track down is very slippery.

This is an exposed,shingle beach which stretches for over a mile.Backed by impressive cliffs reaching 150 feet in height it is safer to fish here over low water if you are unfamiliar with the area,as there is a risk of cliff falls and of being cut off by the tide, also check before setting up where the high tide mark is, as in places the tide will come in to the base of the cliffs.

Also not a venue to fish when a large swell is present, and always go in company.
Chale is best known for its ray fishing with several 10lb plus specimens landed here each year.The fishing normally kicks off around April for the Rays, Mostly Small-eyed (painted) though some cracking sized undulates and the odd Blonde will turn up, plus the obligatory spotted ray.Night tides are the best but plenty are still caught during the day especially if the water is coloured. If the rays are feeding then they can be caught any state of the tide, but the last 2 hours of the flood and the ebb are the best to try. Bait should be good quality frozen or fresh sandeels for the best chance of success,but strips of mackerel or fillets of pout can sometimes be just as effective.

Rigs should be simple,a single hook,nylon patternoster or a running leger is most popular. Hooks should be strong and size 2/0 to 4/0. Conditions are best for the ray fishing when there is some colour in the water and a good sea running,during or just after a blow.

As well as rays,Chale offers pout,dogfish,bass with quite a few 10lb+ being caught each year, and the occasional turbot,cod or conger. The beach shelves steeply and a whole squid or large fillet of mackerel fish close in will account for the Bass and also a good chance of a Pollock, with many around the 4lb mark with the occasional one of double.

During the summer mackerel often venture into the shore,so its well worth taking a set of feathers with you.

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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:05 am

Another Mark to be found on the A3055, Military rd.

Coming from Blackgang drive past the carpark for Chale, parking is on the grass verge just before Atherfield Holiday camp The footpath is sign posted and is via Shepherds Chine, reasonably easy descent to the beach.

This is a steep shingle beach stretching from the rocks of Atherfield ledge in the east to Dutchmans point,a very deep water mark in the west.

Many excellent fish have been taken from this section of coast in recent years including several 40lb plus conger, with a best of 64lb. Also Rays can be caught fom the entire length of the beach, though not as good a venue for them as Chale, though the Island record Undulate Ray came from Dutchmans being just over 17lb. Bass are another frequent species with many good specimens taking baits intended for conger.

The seabed is extremely rocky in places but it is often possible to find a clear spot by moving a few yards along the beach.

The chance of connecting to a large conger is a real possibility, so it is wise to use gear capable of handling one,a good beachcaster and a heavy reel loaded with line of at least 25lb breaking strain should be used. I use a pulley rig with 150lb mono hook snood with at least 8/0 pennel.

This sort of tackle should also be capable of casting a large fish bait. Popular baits are fresh Pouting, cuttlefish, squid and mackerel. Some anglers take a 2nd rod, baited with ragworm or mackerel strip in order to catch a supply of fresh pout for bait.

Fishing tends to be most productive after dark and on the flood tide but wrasse and mackerel are caught during daylight.

Use ragworm or crab baits for the wrasse and fish the area around Atherfield ledge,but beware of the incoming tide cutting you off. For conger the best area is around Dutchmans, with the conger feeding best at slack water.

The Rays will move in shore from mid April, depending on the weather, the Bass will arrive about the same time, although Conger can be caught all year round September till Christmas will give the best chance of success, fish a calm warm dark night on a neap tide.


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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:50 pm

Sandown,Isle of Wight

Float fishing from the pier during the summer months produces mackerel,garfish,pollack and the occasional Mullet,use small strips of mackerel or a sliver of sandeel for the mackerel and garfish,ragworm for the pollack and bread for the mullet.Bottom fishing during the day can produce plaice and bass,while at night pout,sole and painted ray can be had.The ground is sandy so normal clean ground rigs are suitale, clipped down rigs for distance or running ledger or flappers for closer in. Most baits will work including worm,mackerel and squid. Good quality sandeels will be best for the Rays. the current UK Bass reord was caught from the pier.

Fishing from the sandy beaches at Yaverland is best done at night,as the beaches get extremely crowded.Castng long distance with rag or lugworm can produce plaice,sole,bass and pout.Clipped down rigs using sandeel will take some good Rays.

Walking eastwards towards Redcliff the sea bed becomes increasingly rocky and the quality of fishing improves.This is especially good for Sole in the Autumn, using rag or lug as bait on a size 4 wishbone rig, Ray fishing can also be good at times using sandeel on size 3/0 or 4/0 hooks on a clipped down rig at distance.

In the rocks underneath the chalk cliffs is a good spot to try for conger, try on a warm dark calm night in autumn using either cuttle,squid, mackerel or pout as bait. Beware of the tide though as you are likely to run out of beach, beware of cliff falls, as these could seriously spoil your fishing


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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:51 pm

Fishing can be difficult during the day because of bathers,so fishing at night is preferred by the locals.There is plenty of parking on the entire length of the esplanade and several carparks, though you will have to pay for it.

As you drive down the steep road to the front the 1st place to try is a carpark almost opposite, this is known to locals as "The Stinkpot" due to the fact a sewage pipe once fed out to sea from here, the ground is mixed, with some rocks and sandy patches, expect Bass, Pollack,Pout,Dogfish, Rays and a chance of a Conger.This is also a good spot to try for autumn cod.

Fishing is possible the entire length of the sea front. the next popular spot is the site of the old pier, long since gone. this is situated around the area of this Clock.

Similar species as the stinkpot are likely, though a lot more snaggy, so rough ground rigs are essential.And the likelyhood of conger is higher.

Further west towards the point the ground becomes less snaggy until you get to the point and reef.
This is a good spot to try for Plaice, Bass, Sole and Rays.

The rock ledges at the end of the bay can fish well for plaice,pollack,mullet and garfish,and the occasional ray or conger at night,but beware of being cut off by the rising tide.
To the south of Shanklin lies Luccombe,a secluded bay which offers a good variety of fishing.Try the sandy area by the chine for bass and plaice,or the rocks to the right,towards bonchurch for bass,wrasse and conger.

This venue you will have to walk round at low, fish and then wait till the ebb before returning as the tide comes up to the base of the cliffs.
Best fished in calm conditions and on a neap.There are steps back up the cliff but it a long walk up to the road and no parking.


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Fort Victoria

Post by Guest on Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:56 pm

This old Victorian fort is situated about a mile west of Yarmouth.Follow the A3054 out of Yarmouth heading towards Freshwater, over the bridge and the road will bend sharply to the left, going up the hill there is a sign for Fort Victoria, turn into Westhill Lane and follow this to the end, this is Fort Victoria, there is plenty of free parking.It is an ideal spot for a family fishing trip,there is a large barbeque area,cafe,gift shop and marine aquarium on site.
Fishing is best done at night.Casting from the wall puts your bait into water up to 50feet deep.The tide run is extremely fierce,on the ebb,so fishng is best over low water and during the last few hours of the flood,but short casting a large fish bait can produce some good Bass.The area can be snaggy and gear losses can be high, so a pulley rig with a rotten bottom link is the prefered set up.This area is very popular with locals and can get very busy.
Other species caught here include pout, bream,cod and the occasional conger.During the summer, mackerel often come within casting distance and can be caught on feathers towards high tide.
To the west,the beach towards Fort Albert is shallower, sandy interspersed with areas of rock and is a well known Sole mark.Lugworm or rag are both equally effective for these,when fished on a calm evening tide.
To the east, runs Norton wall,species caught here are mainly small wrasse,pollack,bream,bass and dogfish.


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Post by Guest on Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:57 pm

This is a big fish venue,where almost anything can turn up!Fishing on the far point is most popular for painted rays,spotted rays,smoothound and bass but they can be caught along the entire length of the beach.The water is very deep and the tide run is extremely fierce,particularly on the flood tide.Fish here on the ebb with sandeel or mackerel for the rays and crab for the smoothounds.Bass will take all baits,but mackerel and cuttle are particularly effective.
The eastern end of the bay is known as Rocken end,this mark is also best fished on the ebb but be prepared to lose some tackle.Fish here during daylight for some good sized wrasse,bass and mackerel or at night for conger,bass and pollack.
A short distance east of here is watershoot bay,a small,very rocky cove.Fish here from low tide up to high water for some good wrasse,bass and conger.This is also an area worth trying for mullet which can often be seen cruising at high tide.Plugging for bass may also pay dividends.


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