Chesil Report April 2021


Chesil beach report by Gareth Mayers

Gareth Mayers with a Chesil Plaice

Finally lockdown restrictions have lifted allowing anglers to get back on the mighty shingle bank and pursue the rewards Chesil can provide. 

Unfortunately the beach has recently seen some strong S/W winds leaving the water coloured and with big tides this doesn’t help matters. Especially when people are planning on venturing out for the Easter bank holiday which is a shame as a few days before hand the water was lovely and clear and there was a reasonable tide run which saw myself land a few early plaice as well as Ben Stockley landing a stamp of 5 plaice. 

Most anglers will now be trying to figure out when the water will clear to go and chase the plaice! 

West Bexington and cogden will usually be best for these early fish with ragworm the most consistent bait for the early run of fish. Although many will be small there is normally the odd better sized fish found amongst them. 

With the weather warming up and the fish being on the feed the stamp fish should improve and numbers will be on the increase. 

Other species to be on the look out for this time of year which are on many anglers wish list are some specimen sized ray. 

Chesil is known for many species of ray with some amazing fish being recorded with blondes to nearly 30lb and record breaking stingrays! 

Targeting rays can be great for when the waters to coloured for the plaice and Early spring can see good numbers of small eyed ray with Simon Critchell landing a perfect example of a specimen. 

The following month will see more numbers of place and rays followed by the occasional smooth hound. A few small pups have already fell to worm baits after the flatties so im sure it won’t be long. 

Until next time, tight lines!

Jacob culver with a Chesil sole 
Simon Critchell with a stunning small eyed ray
Another early surprise 
A few early plaice for Ben Stockley
Bull huss 
Dave Lane’s undulate ray weighing 14LB 

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