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    Shore Fishing the Solent

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    Hey, I am a student in southampton studying marine biology at the oceanography centre and was wondering what target species there are in the solent, what time before/after high tide I should fish, and most importantly, whereabouts I should go. I am really limited to the eastern side of the solent south of the itchen as I don't have many readilyavailible forms of transport. Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.
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    Solent

    Western Shore for Bass and Flounders 4 high tides a day due to IOW effect.

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    I agree with Yomper. However you can also get the passenger ferry from Southampton over to Hythe and its a short walk to the marina, plenty of people fish from the sea wall there. You are coming up to the best time for flounders as they fatten up before moving away in the early spring.

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    Shore Fishing the Solent.

    Hi Tom,
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    I'm relatively new to beachcasting so I haven't fished many shore marks but if you go to this website it'll give you the lowdown on Solent venues. Quite informative. However; the fishing reports are a month or two out of date. Good Luck! Click on this live link http://www.solent-fishing-guide.co.uk and click on the beaches link top left hand corner. Good Luck!


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    do you have your own transport THarper if so, i can tell you some good marks in the west of the solent

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    Many thanks for that site, I fished this weekend on Southampton Water as it is very close to me. I fished off of Weston Bridge near the Itchen but with no success. I was using mussels as bait and read that rag seems to be the bait of choice.
    Yes I do have transport, are there any hotspots around Southampton Water that anyone knows of?
    Many Thanks for help so far
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    Hi Tom and welcome!

    Though I've never fished the area myself yet, I have a son who now lives in Bassett, Southampton and he has started looking into some shore spots for me. He reckons a variety of species can be caught at Marchwood (Magazine Lane) where the water is very deep by the container terminal. He's also mentioned Weston Shore to me. There's a reasonable write up on a lot of the shore marks on the Solent website you were recommended, have you read them?

    Can't help you with baits or rigs yet, I'll leave that to the experts down there.

    Hope this helps a little and good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THarper
    Many thanks for that site, I fished this weekend on Southampton Water as it is very close to me. I fished off of Weston Bridge near the Itchen but with no success. I was using mussels as bait and read that rag seems to be the bait of choice.
    Yes I do have transport, are there any hotspots around Southampton Water that anyone knows of?
    Many Thanks for help so far
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    Weston Shore is the Southampton side of Netley - right on Southampton Water. Use rag for bait, no need to cast to the horizon. Fish two hours before first HW and two hours into the second ebb.

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    Magazine Lane is a good and easy spot to fish. You can park very close to the mark so no need to struggle with your gear over miles of mud/shingle.

    Plenty of whiting with the occasional thumper at times.

    I fish there regularly with my nephew and find that sandeel sorts out the better fish with squid strip and mackerel a good second choice.
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    Hello Tom
    I also live near So'ton, just inside the New Forest. I have only fished the western areas of So'ton Water / Solent, and can only second the comments above: Magazine Lane, near Hythe (locally known as Maggy Lane) is a favourite, but I usually use bunches of rag. Fished there last week - baby bass abounding, but also a couple of massive missed bites to go home regretting. You can get mightily snagged-up here, though. I lost 5 sets of tackle in two hours during this recent session alone. The yacht club end is said to be the clearer for snags, but toward the other end of the beach (northward) is a tackle graveyard. Wrap up well, too. It always seems to me to be 5 degrees colder than anywhere else!

    You could also try Lepe if you can get over southwest of So'ton Water. Several marks can pull them in: in front of the lighthouse - bass, flounder; a little further west, near the broken concrete and beyond (you'll basically be fishing the edge of the deeper channel into Beaulieu River if you can bang the lead 80-100yds) - flounder, plaice, bass, bream; in front of the cafe in the large carpark - flounder, bass; or east of here off the point - flounder, bass. I've heard that Lepe can also produce sole at night or daybreak, and rumours of codling in winter.

    The local fishing shop also has tales of numbers of flounder to 2lb off the reclaimed land, just to the north of Hythe Marina.

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