A basin is the a single and complete drainage from one major river system to another. In Colorado, the South Platte River Basin is comprised primarily of the South Platte River as the primary drainage, but has dozens of other rivers bear creek, boulder creek, clear creek, etc that all drain into the south platte creating the basin. The river of course is how most of us talk about where we fished. That is simply the name of the river. Moving on.
The section is where it gets tricky as we try to communicate together as anglers. Some of the more famous rivers have sections that are well understood, while others such as cross creek only really have an upper, middle and lower section. Sections are defined as noticeably different fishing or environmental changes that happen in a river.
A river may start out small in the upper section containing small pocket water, but picks up bigger streamflows and widens into a medium size river and more traditional runs, riffles and holes. A reservoir may dam up the river creating a tailwater and thus, a new section.
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This changes based on the state, size of water and environment. The beat is just another breakdown within a section of river as some sections are rather large. A beat refers to a minimum a single series of a run, riffle and hole. This is the minimum, but the range can expand as necessary for the river size and way the sections are defined. Many beats are developed in this fashion.
With all that said and defined, it is important to have a way to track and segment rivers because they will fish differently on any given day. Some areas have strong hatches during certain seasons while others seem to produce best in early or late seasons. The best way to discover this is by experience and talking with others about their experience. Once you have some knowledge or experience on certain sections at certain times of years, you can use that in conjuction with weather data and have a pretty good idea what section and even beat you should fish for your upcoming trip.
This is equivalent to the old golf saying, you drive for show and putt for dough. The ability to read water and make a cast to a fish is paramount to success. Spend time learning where fish hold and why they hold there and in combination with the above location factors, you can be relatively certain that you are now throwing a fly near a fish. How do you do that? The first step is to know your bugs. Memorize those including their common sizes and colors if you can. If you know your bugs, you can systematically go through them and find what works.
Most people can get there in a day, but someone who knows their bugs will figure it out faster and have more time to catch more fish. In addition to knowing the bugs, sizes and colors also know their stages and when they hatch per season. Fairly obvious one of course, but can you answer what the primary months and hatches are for spring mayflies?
Knowing the seasonality really helps you narrow down the list. Fly selection, after all is really just a skill in learning how to choose the right fly the fastest through process of elimination. Use the bug knowledge to plan out your fly boxes by season or by river or by section or however it makes sense to do so. Find what is right for where and how you fish and stock up your box accordingly.
Knowing your bugs puts the right patterns in the right boxes and sets you up for success on the river which is the last and final step in fly selection.
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Trout are almost always willing to eat. Sometimes they are opportunistic, other times selective to certain foods. Usually with the right bug knowledge, and proper flies chosen for your box, it only takes tries to get the right fly that they are eating. Without the previous knowledge, it can be or more and that can take an extra hours to figure out cutting in deep to your fishing time.
People see a caddis and immediately throw one on despite the fact trout are sipping some kind of emerger in slow tailout pools sounding a lot like a mayfly hatch to me. To summarize, if you know your bugs, plan your boxes well and can use that knowledge to figure out what fish are eating, then you should be well on your way to choosing the right fly.
This is where it all comes together. I think a lot of times, we can go with people to a place that holds trout and fish flies that others do and then with good presentation get there with more fish. With all the information readily available these days on the internet to anglers, nearly all of it is around location and fly selection. Sure there are presentation tips on casting and double hauls and aerial mends which all help a lot, but the only way to get better with presentation is practice.
The knowledge needs application and the amount of time needed to become excellent at presenting flies is longer than it takes to find good locations or the right flies. This changes for every day, location and setting, so you have to learn a lot of different set ups and their pros and cons in order to catch more fish more often.
Take the time to learn different ways to rig up different presentations and keep them in your arsenal to be used at the right times with the right flies. The fish are rising in the back right pocket of that pool with multiple currents in between you and the fish. How do you get a good drift there? Well you can either cross the river or you can make a cast with appropriate slack to get the drift long enough to induce a strike.
There are many times where the right casts will make the difference in the fish eating the fly or not. Focus on getting a good cast, that is accurate and sets you up for a good drift. Casting takes practice and changes based on whether your nymphing, using a dry dropper, straight dry fly fishing or streamer fishing as well as your surroundings. Highly dynamic, but with practice which is fun! You can make a bad cast and even have a semi-accurate fly pattern and yet a good drift will land you more fish. What makes a good drift? What makes a good drift is being in the right river on the right day with the right weather with the right streamflows with the right preparation and observation to choose the right fly from your well planned fly box with the right fly set up on your correctly chosen rod and line for the area with the most naturally presented fly possible over the trout.
All of your hard work, planning, observation, practice and patience come together on the drift. This is a key point in the understanding of the strategy behind an angler who consistently catches more fish vs anglers who get lucky on occasion with good fishing days but often struggles more than not.
The more you get right on all the previous steps, the easier and more successful your drift will be. A good mend and proper line management sets up a nice drift and prepares you for the all important hookset and landing where fish are put to your net and you can claim success on a long journey of decisions and variables that you successfully navigated to fool a trout, which by the way has a pea-sized brain.
Helps us remember how fortunate we are to catch them in the first place and how the journey is perpetually rewarding. So in summary on the presentation side, it takes the right set up, the right cast and the right drift to put a fish to net. This makes a huge difference in your fly fishing success.
I was fishing the Crystal River up in the Roaring fork valley in in early spring. I was out doing research for my membership, the river explorer and was in the upper section of the crystal river working my way downstream. I knew the crystal held fish and the season was right for the water to be productive for fishing. The flows were in great shape and I had a series of stoneflies, baetis and midges that should be active in the river. In short, I had everything well planned out considering streamflows, section of river to fish, likely holding water, fly selection and a good nymphing rig set up that seems to always work well for freestones.
The weather reports had a chance of snow and rain, but it was spotty at best and for early spring in the Rockies, every day has a chance of…well everything. So with best laid plans I came down from the pass near Marble and made my way to the river. It was sunny and gorgeous and I had spotted some BWO on the water and fish were rising. Just like I planned I was ready to tie on some dries and get to fishing.
However, by the time I got rigged up and cracked open a beer, the wind started gusting at 30mph, snow came pouring in over the mountains and I was in the middle of a spring blizzard. Instead of waiting it out, I switched up to a nymph rig and began working the water where I noticed fish were rising. The weather had shut things down. So with that, I decided to hop back in the car and move downstream a little as the storm was isolated. The wind slowed and the warm sun started to heat the water. I decided to stick to my nymph rig baetis nymphs and SJW combo and was able to catch half a dozen fish in about 15 minutes.
Making a few adjustments in this story not only kept me warmer, but put me on more fish. Firstly, I adjusted to the weather and the change in fish activity by switching to a nymph. When in doubt keep moving, it really pays off. Standard tactics also work well with pulley or up and over rigs picking up rays, conger and codling. For smaller species, standard three hook flapper rigs with size 2 hooks work well at short to medium range. Bait - Squid, bluey and mackerel will take rays, conger and bass.
Lugworm can be dug on the beach and this is the top bait for codling and whiting. Small ragworm will catch flounder and occasional sole. Chest waders are favoured here as they enable you to walk out in to the surf if you wish to cast a bait as far as possible. A strong onshore wind in the winter can bring the codling on the feed and this is another venue that was once a fine winter fishery. The tide here really will chase you up the beach, so travel light and leave any luggage in the car so as not to get it muddy, sandy or wet.
A bucket can be useful to store your tackle and to sit on and it can be wiped clean at the end of the session. The beach will be popular in the summer as holiday makers flock to the area so as with any sandy beach in the channel, early morning or night tides are best.
Fishing is from sand and mud in to the Parrett estuary which draws fish in from Bridgwater Bay. Over the years, many weird and wonderful fish have been found on the banks of the estuary including triggerfish and mackerel! The area around the lighthouse and to the south is popular, but because of the increased depth of mud, it is not recommended to fish to the north of the lighthouse. Tides -The lower light can only be practically fished on neap tides, owing to the tremendous pull as the tide floods the estuary. Many locals used to prefer to fish from low tide up to high tide on a tide of around 9.
It is still possible to get to the low tide line in places but you need to take extreme care and seek local knowledge when doing so. Most competition organisers now start their matches at around mid flood so If in doubt following this guide and starting fishing three hours before high tide is just as productive and a lot cleaner! The early ebb can also be productive and shouldn't be neglected, especially if the flood has fished well. As the tide nears high water extra distance can help and it is possible to wade out and gain a little more distance. Casting very close in with small hooks can offer some good sole fishing in the summer.
Bass will show during the early summer when the sea has plenty of life to it and the same conditions in the autumn and winter are the prime time to target codling. Ragworm will catch flounder and sole. It is possible at times to dig some lugworm here whilst you're fishing but it should not be relied upon as if the mud as built up it can completely cover the worm beds. Once you have fished in the mud and been pushed up on to the sand, you can wade in to the shallows to give them a good clean off. Burnham is a magnet for dog walkers so make sure to keep baited traces out of sight.
Dogs are often allowed to run out of control and have been known to grab rigs hanging from tripods! General - The sea wall runs the length of Burnham sea front but fishing here generally takes place between the pier and Yacht club. The wall is high but access can be gained to the steps below at various points along its length and it's advisable to fish at these points if possible to enable you to land larger fish.
Springs generally best as neaps barely reach the wall and only give very limited depth. Tactics - Pulley rigs are favoured when targeting the larger species, but three hook flappers fished at short range will take flounders, eels, soles and school bass in season. Bait - Squid, mackerel or bluey are favoured by the locals when targeting rays and conger.
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Fresh whiting can also be excellent for conger. Blow lugworm works for codling, whiting and flatfish whilst peeler crab can account for bass during the late spring and early summer. NOTES - You will be fishing from the promenade and this is a popular area for walkers so always be conscious that they have the right to be here too. The sea wall itself makes a great rod rest so there is little need to use a tripod.
The venue can get extremely busy in the autumn with matches as well as pleasure anglers and it's not unknown for anglers to arrive a couple of hours before the water hits the sea wall to pick their favoured spot. Do not attempt to fish here at low tide- The mud in the Parrett estuary can be treacherous. General - The sea wall is on the south side of the River Brue and is about a 1 mile walk from Highbridge. Access is gained by following the private water board road next to the Huntspill River.
As the gate is often locked it is recommend to walk to avoid the risk of being locked in. The actual fishing is from a concrete sea defence that runs the length of the foreshore and the sea bed consists of small stones, clumps of weed and plenty of mud. Tides - The wall is a high tide venue fishable for 2 hours either side of high. Medium tides are best as neaps barely reach the base of the wall and big spring tides over top the sea wall making fishing difficult and wet! Tactics - The tide can run hard here and it is advisable to cast uptide with breakout style 6oz leads to hold bottom.
Bait - Lug and rag work well for the smaller species with squid or squid and bluey cocktails sorting out the rays and congers. Peeler crab is favoured for bass. NOTES - The mud here is very deep in places and we would not advise anyone to attempt access to the tide line across the mudflats. This is a brilliant place to fish for new anglers who want to sample sea fishing for the first time, or those who favour hard ground under foot. If leaving the venue late at night, be considerate of those living alongside the access point by keeping noise and headlamp beams to a minimum.
General - If you follow directions for the postcode above it will take you to Gorpit Lane.
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The beach car park can be found at the very end of the lane. You can fish from either the sea wall towards Hinkley Point or the shingle beach in front of the car park and away to the right. The sea bed is a mix of sand, mud, pebble banks and reef but if you arrive early you can see the sea bed where you will be fishing allowing you to pick a likely looking spot. Springs generally best as neaps only give very limited depth. It is also worth varying your casting distance to find out if the fish are following the edge of the shingle or further out in the tide.
The tide can be quite strong so grip leads are recomended but 5oz or 6oz will be sufficent to hold bottom. Bait - Lug and rag work well for the smaller species with squid or squid and bluey sorting out the rays and congers. Since the building of the new sea defences the shingle bank is no longer being maintained so as time goes on you will need to take increasing care that you will not be cut off or worse.
Particular care needs to be taken on big spring tides or during rough weather which causes large swells to run up the shingle. General - Access is via a lengthy walk from Stolford carpark along the prom that forms the base of the sea defence. When you reach the power station, the foreshore is gained via a slip way that runs down on to the beach.
From here, head out towards the reefs that run the entire length of the power station. They will expose approximately 3 hours before low water. This not a walk for the unfit. Tides - Most anglers choose to fish the reefs here over low water, with some favouring spring tides and some neaps. Spring tides are essential for fishing here at high tide.
Tactics - Heavy tackle should be used here as the sea bed is very rough in places. Rotten bottoms are essential and most locals favour the pulley rig. Big casts are favoured, though it is possible to catch bass at extremely close range in places. Bait - Big lugworm and squid cocktails are favoured for winter cod and specimen thornback rays. Conger will take fresh whiting. Peeler crab is essential for smooth hounds that can run to exceptional sizes.
Big ragworm baits could tempt a specimen sole but be prepared to put some hours in. NOTES - It is possible to get cut off on some of the reefs here, so either visit the venue with someone who has experience of it, or carefully asses the flooding tide at regular intervals The area to the right of the outfall is particularly dangerous on the flood. During the construction of Hinkley C, it is likely that access to the venue could change. Do not under any circumstances attempt to access the power station itself.
The area is patrolled by armed guards who would have no issue with escorting you back to your vehicle.
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Once at the beach, the pipe is to your right. The reefs to the left are incredibly flat and you could be mistaken for thinking they are man-made. For this reason, the reef is very popular and as such lost tackle forms as much of a potential snag threat as those obstacles found naturally. Tides - You can either fish from the pipe around high water or from the Reefs to the left over low water. If you choose to fish over high tide by the pipe, a very long cast is required to reach clean ground especially on larger tides.
Smaller hooks can take whiting, eels and other species. Big casts are favoured for rays and smoothhouds and it is possible to catch bass almost under the rod tip. The pipe is a noted mark for rays. Most are small thornbacks but in recent years both spotted rays and blonde rays have put in an appearance.
Although it would be difficult to specifically target these fish, if you are prepared to put a few hours in between May and June during settled weather, you might just get lucky. Neap tides over high water and the ebb are favoured, as the flow will not be so strong that it pins your mainline in to the boulders resulting in a snag. Peeler crab is essential for smoothhounds that can run to exceptional sizes and are predominately taken over low water.
Under no circumstances should you try to take your vehicle through the gate and on to the beach. This is popular venue and it is advisable to arrive early in order to bag a spot. General - When you arrive at the village of Kilve itself, turn in to sea lane and the pay and display carpark is at the far end of the road. From here, take the track over the bridge, turn right across the park area and the sea is directly in front of you. Walking straight down from here will take you to a series of reefs, all of which can produce fish. Tides - It is only possible to fish effectively here over low water as the foreshore at high tide is festooned with large boulders.
Medium to large tides are preferred as more reef becomes exposed. Aim to start fishing here three hours before low water and finish three hours in to the flood. The tide runs right to left on the ebb and left to right on the flood here. Cast as far as you can and fish uptide.
Use a rotten bottom clip as the ground is snaggy in places. A mainline of around. The same tactic can be deployed in the winter but substitute crab for lugworm. Bait - Crab is the only bait worth taking in the summer if you want to catch smooth hounds.
vilrockvemind.ml Squid, mackerel and bluey will take rays, dogfish and conger. Bass can sometimes be caught when fishing for smooth hounds with crab. Lugworm is by far the best bait for cod during the winter months. This early period in the ebbing tide can be a productive one for smooth hounds. Although the ground is rough, too thick a mainline will restrict your casting distance and prevent you from hitting the main run of tide which is where you are more Likely to hook fish.
If you arrive late, do not fish too close to others as it is often necessary to cast uptide to hold bottom and you'll need some space to allow for this. Access to the beach is via a very steep path and steps so this is not a venue for the infirm. At the bottom of the steps turn right and walk past the waterfall to the main beach. You will be cut off here until two hours after high water so you need to time your arrival and departure to take this into account.
Tides - Most anglers choose to fish at high tide from the main pebble beach here which offers comfortable fishing casting on to fairly clean ground. Spring tides are favoured as they present a good depth of water on an otherwise shallow venue. You can also fish over low water either side of the bay. High water and the turn of the tide often proves to be the most productive time on the main beach. Tactics - If fishing from the main beach it is a good idea to fish with two rods.
This will enable you to fish with a big bait on one and multiple smaller baits on the second rod at closer range. Rays, conger and occasional smoothhounds will be caught further out and whiting, pout and eels can be taken very close in. It is possible to cast a big bait early in the tide and walk back paying out line as it advances, thus leaving your bait in deep water beyond the range of even the biggest caster.
Bait - Peeler crab and squid will take all of the bigger species found here, though a fillet of fresh pout can prove deadly for conger in the autumn. Worm baits tipped with strips of fish will take whiting, pout and dogfish.
The reefs either side of the bay can offer some productive fishing but it is essential to fish here for the first time with someone who has practical knowledge of the venue. During the flood, the tide can backfill without you realising it and it is possible to become cut off. The walk to the reefs at the east of the bay is a considerable one so travel light, but carry enough leads to account for potential losses. Audries and as such the best way to gain access is from the Home farm carpark that you would also use for St. Walk out around the headland and you'll immediately see a caravan park on the hill side.
Fish in front of here approximately two hours before low water and up to two hours in to the flood. The water does run out here extremely quickly and is also very shallow. The fishing however can be excellent. Tides - Neap tides over low water are the most productive time for all round fishing, though it is possible to fish over the top of the tide in front of the holiday park in places. Tactics - A big cast will put your bait in fish territory, though it is possible to catch bass in the shallow surf. The ground can be a little snaggy in places and it is advisable to use a weak link rotten bottom to prevent heavy tackle losses.
Travel light as you will be moving back with the advancing tide. Bait - Peeler crab for smoothhounds, mackerel and squid will take all of the other bigger species found here, though a fillet of fresh pout can prove deadly for conger in the autumn. Winter codling will take lugworm. NOTES - As with many of the west Somerset marks, Donniford requires a lengthy walk over some harsh terrain so a degree of fitness is required. Anglers are also reminded that access is only possible thanks to the kind permission of the landowners here and as such their will and private property should be respected at all times.
The tide will come in quite quickly here so travelling light is a good idea to avoid getting swamped out. Many anglers will fish here over low water and then move on to a high water mark such as Blue Anchor in order to make a longer session. An alternative is to move east once you are pushed off of Donniford and fish in to thew small bay in front of the Home Park site. Some very big conger have been landed from these reefs in years gone by. Watchet Sat Nav - TA23 0AP Species: Codling, conger, thornback, dogfish, bass, pouting, whiting and smoothhounds General - Often overlooked as a fishing mark, but the harbour wall at Watchet Marina offers easy and comfortable fishing close to the car park and shops in this small coastal town.
For the more adventurous there is some good fishing to be had from the low water reefs to the west of the town but you should seek local advice and guidance as there isa risk of getting cut off by the fast flooding tide. Tides - The wall is subject to a strong tidal flow so neap tides are recommended to fish here. The ebb can be particularly strong.
Tides of around 9. You can fish approximately three hours either side of high water. Low water reefs to the east of can offer some productive fishing, also on neap tides. Tactics - The use of two rods can be beneficial. Smaller hooks in close and larger hooks fished at range will give you some idea of what's going on.
Pulley rigs are the most used rig and work effectively for all of the larger species. Bait - Peeler crab for smoothhounds, mackerel and squid will take all of the other bigger species found here, though a fillet of fresh pout can prove effective for conger in the autumn. Dogfish can be a pest here at times and will pounce on any bait set before them. NOTES - Watchet Marina is subject to heavy boat traffic at certain times of the year so careful attention should be paid to passing vessels at all times.
Water traffic has priority over anglers who are kindly granted permission to fish from the wall by the local council. The bend in the sea wall is a favourite spot and if you want to fish here it is advisable to arrive early. A walk along the pier at low water will reveal any snags and give a general idea of the type of ground you will be casting over once the tide comes in. Fishing inside the wall with LRF tackle can be fun for small flounders and mini species as well as the chance of a mullet.
The wall is exposed to Westerley winds and should not be fished in rough seas which often break over the top. General - Blue Anchor offers something for everyone and is probably the easiest access fishing spot in the Channel where you can even fish from the comfort of your car if you wish! Free parking is available along most of the wall but please be considerate to pedestrians and make sure not to block the pavement with your rod stand. The beach to the west offers a slightly quieter fishing experience other than the occasional passing steam train. Open competitions are staged at Blue Anchor several times a year.
Tides - The wall and beach are fished over high water and spring tides are favoured, although smaller tides can fish well on the beach if the sea has some life in it. Aim to fish 2. High water and the ebb are often the most productive time to fish and even if the fishing has been slow up until this point, it can suddenly switch on as the tide starts to ebb.
Tactics - Multi hook clipped down rigs are the way to go for mixed fishing, with dogfish, whiting, pout and codling often taken when using these tactics. For rays, conger, bass and smoothhounds, a pulley takes some beating. There have been many conger exceeding 30lb in weight caught during the autumn and winter of years gone by, so it's worth stepping up your trace to at least lb if you're serious about fishing for these.
Bait - Most anglers will fish small worm baits tipped with strips of squid, fish or sandeels. This will give you a rough idea of what the fish are taking. Slightly larger hooks on pulley rigs should be fished with sandeel baits for the small eyed rays which can show here from time to time. If you are specifically targeting big conger, fresh pout takes some beating. These can be fished for on a second rod. NOTES - A lot of the sea wall is lined with boulders at its base meaning that any hooked fish has to extracted over this obstacle. Anglers have been known to take a short step ladder down so they can climb down on to the boulders to net their catch.
In some places you can access the water via steps. Fishing from the beach is without this consideration, though if there is a big sea running, this presents its own challenges. The wall can get extremely busy so if you have a favoured spot in mind, it is advisable to arrive well before high tide. Some locals prefer the beach which suggests that the fishing could be a little better here. The tower at the end of the beach is a noted mark during the autumn and so can get busy.
There is a Cafe at the western end of the sea wall which can provide some hearty fuel ahead of your session and may even fill your flask if you ask nicely. General - Dunster is a fantastic autumn venue and one of the first places on the Somerset coast of the Bristol Channel to produce codling each season. In good seasons is not unusal for the first ones to be reported as early as August. Pay and Display car parking is available right on the beach making this an easy venue to fish.
If you wish you can fish straight from the boot of your car or if you prefer you can follow the coast path eastwards towards Blue Anchor and pick a spot you fancy. This is a handy high water spot to grab a few extra hours fishing following a low water session at another mark. Tides - Spring tides are needed here as neap tides barely reach the beach. Most anglers fish 2. Big tides and rough weather can bring huge rafts of weed on to the beach which makes fishing tricky at best and at times impossible.
High water and the ebb can be the most productive time to fish though no two tides are the same. Tactics - Varying your casting distance is a good move here as the codling and bass can often be caught at close range so do not become preoccupied with casting as far as you can. Distance casting does however have its place and the smoothhounds tend to be found at range.
Flapper rigs with small worm and fish baits can work well for the smaller species such as pout and whiting but use strong hooks as there is a good chance of codling or bass on the same tactics. Big conger are on the cards in the autumn so fillets of pout on heavy end tackle are the way to go if you want one of these. Bait - Lugworm is the king of the baits for codling, whiting and pout. An alternative to this could be whiting which is also a highly effective conger bait here.
If you bait up with pout or whiting, be sure to use plenty of elastic to secure the bait to the hooks and make certain that the hook points are protruding from the bait. NOTES - Dunster Beach is a popular holiday beach so you are best advised to fish early or late during the summer to avoid swimmers, inflatable boats and endless stick chasing dogs! Walking away from the car park also helps to avoid the crowds and if you arrive early you can survey the sea bed from the coast path and pick a likely looking quiet mark.
Some anglers park on the approach road to dodge the pay and display machine, but in doing so take away revenue that the Dunster estate would otherwise use to maintain the beach for all to enjoy. General - The beach at Minehead is an excellent clean round venue that in the past has produced some exceptional fish. The beach is predominantly sand in front of the Butlins complex, but travel a few hundred yards west and the ground becomes stoney and a little rougher in places. Huge boulders form groynes that prevent the sand washing away here. The Golf Links is the area to the east of the main beach and lies alongside a golf course hence the name.
The ground here is a lot more mixed with patches of sand, rocks and weed interspersed throughout its length. Despite this, it is possible to fish here on any size tide, but a very large spring will push you right back against the wall at high tide. When the wind is onshore it is advisable not to fish a huge tide here.
There is a steady run of tide on the beach but nowhere near as much as that found on the Golf Links where the ebb tide pulls very strongly. During rough weather, masses of floating weed can prove extremely troublesome and many anglers have come away from the beach having found it 'unfishable' at such times. Tactics - A lot of matches are fished on the beach and golf links and those taking part usually fish with a three hook clipped down trace to exploit the shoaling species such as Dogfish, whiting and pout.
Plaice and sole are occasional catches. As with most of the marks here, a pulley rig or drop down pulley rig can be used to good effect for rays, codling and conger. Big sole used to show from the beach and could be tempted with ragworm baits. Although numbers are nowhere near what they once were, it only takes one big fish to make targeting them worthwhile.
Peeler crab can be a great spring bait on the 'links and will take codling and early bass. NOTES - The beach itself is a fantastic venue, but don't neglect the area further round towards the harbour. The more broken ground here can be quite productive and is tucked out of a strong west wind that would make the beach uncomfortable. The golf links can fish extremely well for codling during the autumn and winter but can get busy, especially on larger tides that fall after dark. The Town beach is very busy with holiday makers during the summer but a short walk on to the golf links will find the sands virtually devoid of holiday makers.
General - White Mark and Greenaleigh can both be found by following the coast path west of Minehead harbour.
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White Mark is a patch of white paint adorning the rock face approximately half a mile west of the harbour. Greenaleigh is a further half a mile walk beyond this point and marked by the farm on the hillside above. Both are excellent spring and summer venues for ray fishing and anglers travel from miles around to tackle them from April onwards. Tides - Greenaleigh is usually fished over low water on big tides and White Mark over low water on neap tides. The run on both venues can be quite extreme and a 6oz wired lead will be needed to anchor your tackle on the sea bed.
White Mark becomes very shallow on a spring low water and if tackling Greenaleigh on a neap low water, it will require a bigger cast to reach the cleaner ground. The tide runs from right to left when fishing the ebb and left to right on the flood. Greenaleigh is often subject to a developing swell as the tide starts to flood and coupled with a sea breeze in early summer it can restrict your fishing time on the flood.
Both Greenaleigh and White Mark can be fished 3 hours before and 3 hours after low water. Tactics - Drop down pulley pennel rigs are preferred by those targeting rays here. The biggest caster often enjoys better catches of rays, though fish can show at any range from time to time. Bass can be caught at short range, as can bull huss when there is plenty of colour in the water.
Heavy gauge hooks are preferred here as a big blonde ray could show. Piling on the pressure to pull these fish from the sea bed could open out a standard gauge hook. Bait - For the rays, sandeel or launce wrapped up in squid will take some beating. Mackerel will also catch its fair share of rays but is seldom used simply because it will not cast as well as a sandeel or launce. Dogfish will take any bait and are a pest at times. Lugworm will score for codling in the autumn and winter. Crab picks up hounds in the spring but if about in numbers they will also fall for small squid baits.
NOTES - Until recently, Greenaleigh boulders could be accessed via the farm above, but due to inconsiderately parked vehicles, this is no longer permitted. The walk should now be undertaken along the foreshore. Start by following the South West Coadt Path and just before the coast path heads up the hill, take the path down on to the beach and from here you will be trekking over pebbles, rocks and boulders. You cant's miss White Mark when you reach it. These marks are not marks for the unfit and getting used to walking on boulder takes some doing particularly when it is wet as they get very slippery.
Bossington Sat Nav - TA24 8HQ Species: Smoothhounds, bull huss, conger, rays, bass, dogfish, whiting, codling, pollack, spurdogs, mackerel, garfish, black bream and pout. General - Bossington is a particularly scenic pebble beach on the edge of West Somerset. Once you get to the beach the best fishing area is eastwards towards Hurlestone point and anywhere from the river mouth onwards is worth trying.
As you can see from the species list you can catch a wide variety of different fish. One species however normally dominates catches and that is the dogfish! These can be a real pain but you need to accept that you could catch dozens of them and fish through them in the hope of getting a better fish. Tides - Bossington is usually fished on bigger tides, but the tide can pull very hard at times. The flood tide is particularly strong and will run left to right but the ebb is nowhere near as strong as the main of run of tide deflects out around Hurlestone Point and in to Porlock Bay.
Most anglers choose to fish here from low water up to high water, but it is possible to fish here at any stage of the tide. Tactics - The ground is snaggy in places and when the tide runs it can pin your mainline, leader and rig in to the bottom making it very hard to get your gear back. Uptiding is advised, but only pay out minimal line in an effort to keep it up off the bottom.
Rotten bottoms are essential and there is also a case for using a standard gauge hook that will bend out of any snags. Fish such as blonde rays, spur dogs and smooth hounds are often taken at long range, but pout, rockling, bull huss and other species can sometimes be found very close in. Bass and pollack will patrol the area under your feet.
The ground becomes snaggier the closer you get to Hurlestone Point. If fishing for spur dogs, be sure to use a wire biting trace. Bait - For the rays and huss, sandeel or launce wrapped up in squid will take some beating. Smoothhounds will take crab baits form about May onwards, smaller species will take worm baits tipped with squid and during the winter months, spurdogs prefer a strip of fresh fish and the dogfish will eat everything! NOTES - Bossington is a popular match venue and competitions held here regularly attract dozens of anglers.
It's worth checking local social media pages so that you can avoid fishing alongside a match. The walk to the beach is fairly long, but once there it is one of the few marks in the Bristol Channel where you could fish from the comfort of a beach shelter. During the summer, a settled spell of warm weather could see the arrival of mackerel and garfish here. The best time for mackerel is on the ebb when the tide traps an eddy of clear water behind Hurlestone point. Lure fishing can also yield bass and pollack. Porlock Weir Sat Nav - TA24 8PD Species: Bull huss, dogfish, rays spotted, small eyed, blonde and thornback , smoothhound, conger, bass, dogfish, whiting, codling, pollack, spurdog, mackerel, garfish, gurnards and pout.
General - Porlock Weir is another idyllic fishing location nestled on the edge of Exmoor. The fishing here is similar to that found at Bossington but without such a lengthy walk. A pay and display carpark is just a short stroll away from the pebble beach. The beach to the left of the harbour offers some productive fishing throughout the year on to a mix of clean and broken ground.
Tides - Porlock is generally fished on larger tides and most anglers opt to fish the last two hours of the ebb and the first few of hours of the flooding tide. The point to the far left, as well as being the snaggiest spot, offers the strongest tidal flow. It is possible to fish over high tide as well but you need to be a very good caster to clear the boulders and reach the clearer ground.
The first of the ebb see a very strong tidal pull which can drag your gear into the rocks and existing line snags. Tactics - The area in front of the cottages offers a mostly clean sea bed and the sand also comes in closer to the beach here. This would be the area to try for small plaice and gurnards during the summer months. As you move left up the beach the ground becomes more broken and snaggier. Heavier tackle should be used here with a positive approach to get your gear back. Smoothhounds can be taken all the way along the beach during the summer months as can dogfish which can be a real pain at times.
Bigger hooks loaded up with squid and cast on to the rough at the far end of the beach can account for specimen bull huss during the winter and a fish of 15lb would not be impossible to find. Pulley rigs work very well and adding a rotten bottom does help to reduce lost gear and fish.
Bait - Sandeels for ray species, strips of mackerel for gurnards, lugworm and ragworm for codling and mixed species, crab for smooth hounds from May onwards, squid and mackerel for conger and bull huss in the autumn and winter and fresh pouting or whiting for spur dogs. That said, if you are prepared to walk a long way there are some good marks between Porlock and the border that offer good fishing for huss and conger.
The harbour at Porlock is a good place to fish for mullet in the summer with an early morning assault seeing you in with the best chance. Another method you could try here is lure fishing for bass, pollack, mackerel and garfish. Water clarity is important for this. Travelling light and heading west along the rocks is the way to go and by covering some ground you could be surprised at the results. Customer Services: Freshwater Predator Tackle. Rig building components Hooks Line.
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There are long sandy beaches, rock promontories, pebble and shingle ridges and everything else in-between. Although we have provided rough guide here to enable you to get a taste of what you're likely to encounter, nothing beats practical hands-on experience. Wading birds and wildfowl living here should not be disturbed. Sat Nav - TA23 0AP Species: Codling, conger, thornback, dogfish, bass, pouting, whiting and smoothhounds General - Often overlooked as a fishing mark, but the harbour wall at Watchet Marina offers easy and comfortable fishing close to the car park and shops in this small coastal town.
Postcode - TA24 6LD Species: Conger, thornback rays, small eyed rays, dogfish, bass, codling, pouting, whiting and smoothhounds. Sat Nav - TA24 5UJ Species: Codling, conger, dogfish, bass, pouting, whiting, small eyed rays, sole, plaice and occasional smoothhounds. Sat Nav - TA24 5UJ Species: Small eyed rays, spotted rays, blonde rays, thornback rays, turbot, bull huss, conger, codling, bass, dogfish, smoothhounds, whiting and pout. Sat Nav - TA24 8HQ Species: Smoothhounds, bull huss, conger, rays, bass, dogfish, whiting, codling, pollack, spurdogs, mackerel, garfish, black bream and pout.
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