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Sea Fishing Predictions - October 2013

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BOAT - Boat anglers heading out of Poole can expect plenty of sport with pollack and conger eel from the inshore reefs. Some good ray along with numerous pout and dogfish will show from the deep water marks off Swanage. The odd good cod may show from the Bay but it will be another few weeks before the real biggies put in an appearance. Bass will show in numbers to the south-west of Peveril Point. Weymouth boats should still find good bass along with some late turbot and ray from the Shambles and Portland Race where an exceptional number of cod have been landed on feathers in the past. Dogfish and pout will be numerous from the Adamant and other inshore banks.

This is one of the best months for boats out of West Bay and Lyme Regis with good catches over the rough ground, whilst the clean marks will show dab, whiting, scad, pouting, ray and codling.

SHORE - The flounder action around the shore of Poole harbourwill be on the increase and some good bass should be taken from the entrance. A few late mullet will be added to catches in Christchurch harbour although Mudeford Quay at first light over low water normally provides the better fish at this time of year. Wrasse will still be active at Hengistbury Head along with pout and a few bass. Sole will figure in catches from Southbourne beaches at night to worm bait. The Purbeck rock marks will be on fine form with quality wrasse showing from most areas. Some good conger will figure from Durlston and at Worborrow Tout where bass will also show at first light. Some decent bass should figure in catches to peeler crab bait from the narrows on the Fleet near the Bridging Camp. The Weymouth end of Chesil will be one of the top codling marks for the shore angler with a flood tide and lugworm really producing the goods. Pout, garfish and pollack at close range can also be expected. A few codling will show at night from Abbotsbury while pout, dogfish and whiting will dominate catches at West Bexington and Cogden. Portland rock marks will be on fine form with some big ballan wrasse expected from Pulpit Rock.


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