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Weymouth is a world-renowned fishing destination, with anglers travelling from far afield to fish its waters. Surrounded by sweeping coastline and rocky outcrops, this coastal town offers a fantastic opportunity to try fishing for a variety of species.
Weymouth boasts one of the UK’s largest charter fishing fleets, with 17 full-time boats offering trips from the harbour. Ran by highly skilled and experienced skippers, who know the waters around Weymouth and Portland like the back of their hands, these fishermen can guarantee you a brilliant day out.
Snapper Charters offer a range of fishing trips catering to all abilities of angler. Throughout the summer months, they offer half day and evening fishing trips, which are perfect for complete beginners, families with children or visitors who would like to see the beautiful Dorset coastline whilst trying a new and exciting sport. All tackle and bait can be provided on request, so it’s not a problem if you don’t own or want to bring any yourself.
During inshore fishing trips, you can expect to catch a range of species native to UK waters including Bream, Rays, Conger Eels, Bull Huss, Gurnards, Tope and Smoothounds. If you would like to try your luck at catching something a little bigger, there are also shark fishing trips on offer, targeting Porbeagle and Blue Sharks.
Not restricted to the warm weather, wrecking trips run throughout the winter and into spring. These longer 10-12 hour trips see the boats travel further afield to sunken wrecks in the English Channel to catch Cod, Pollock, Ling and humongous Conger Eels.
Chesil Beach stretches 18 miles along the Dorset Coastline and is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the UK. From late October, winter species such as Cod and Whiting can be targeted along the length of Chesil. From April into the summer months, flatfish make an appearance, particularly at the western end of Chesil and species such as Plaice, Flounder, Dabs and Sole are all plentiful. During the summer Mackerel are often found in abundance along the south-west shores, perfect for barbequing on the beach on a summers’ evening.
Light Rock Fishing has grown increasingly popular in recent years and Weymouth Harbour’s rich marine life provides the perfect venue to target mini species such as Scorpion Fish, Wrasse, Rockling, Gobies and Pout. Fishing is allowed from the Harbour walls as well as Weymouth’s two piers; Stone Pier and Pleasure Pier. Pier Fishing is great for children due to the quantity of fish that you are likely to catch and the railings, providing added safety.
Weymouth and the surrounding areas have a wide selection of coarse fisheries if you would prefer to give freshwater fishing a go. Radipole Lake is within walking distance of Weymouth town centre and can be fished as a club member or with a day ticket. Carp to 30lbs as well as Roach, Silver Eel, Pike and Perch can all be caught.
** Please remember fresh water fishing requires a rod license.
For more information about fishing in Weymouth, visit Weymouth Angling Centre, our local tackle shop who will be more than happy to help with all of your fishing needs.