I wondered should I write this report or not because this happened two months ago but decided to do it anyway. Ordered one pound of blow lugs from Abbotsbury Fishing Tackle on Monday for weekend fishing session. Collected bait around 11 am on Saturday and what surprised me how big, lively and fresh they were. I also bought a box of calamari squid and head up on the beach. Plan was to catch Cod or sea Bass. Arrived to Chesil beach car park, bough 2x parking tickets from beach cafe, planned to stay overnight until Sunday evening. Unloaded all my fishing gear from my van and placed them on trolley but after few minutes realized I carry too much gear, my trolley couldn’t get through sinking in the stones. I couldn’t even get to the top of the shingle. Went back to my van to take only minimum I may need. Before leaving the car park I had a word with local angled who caught 2lbs codling at 5 am. Climbed up on top of the shingle and to my eyes appeared curved nice looking huge beach on which every spot was looking fishable with so many anglers to my left and right I never seen on any beach before. NICE. Went to the east of car park towards dragon’s teeth, I read this is best fishing deep area. After 45 min walk, 10 stops, 5 almost heart attacks (was still carrying too much gear) I found a spot 10 meters away from the dragon’s teeth. I could finally start fishing. Set up my tent, rod rest and started to bait my first rod, used 2 hook flapper with blow lugs on each hook. Walked down the shingle to cast further than I could from the top, walked back up to place my rod on the tripod. Started setting up my second rod but couldn’t complete as 5 minutes later had a first bite. First fish: small pout.
Recast first rod and continued on second rod but yet again couldn’t finish as 5 minutes later had another bite, 34 cm whiting this time.
Abandoned to set up my second rod and fished on one rod only. The same thing happened every 5-10 mins for 2 hours resulted in 4 pout and 7 whiting.
Tired after walking up and down the shingle I gave up and changed my tactics to up and over pulley pennel rigs on both rods finally. Bait used was blow lugs wrapped in squid. I could finally have some rest and wait for big fish to arrive. Around 1 hours later after rigs change left rod tip started to rattle. Started to reel in, fish gives good fight and feels heavy, this resulted in 70cm long 2,64 lbs smooth-hound.
Another few hours was a fight with crabs stripping my bait to bare hook giving fish no chance to find my bait. When Crabs disappeared fish started to come to play again, caught one more smooth-hound the same size but 2.83 lbs and three 50cm long dogfish.
I was hoping to catch any Codling but none was about, giving me hopes for next time. After sleepless and chilly night started at 6 am to pack up and head up back to my van to have 2 hours sleep before driving back home.
I was just about to leave the car park when was approached by local angler telling me his thoughts about this beach, best spots, etc. but also said that this beach is highly overrated by many.
Overrated or not I did enjoy fishing there and will be back on 11th of January if weather is good.
Thanks for reading my post, tight lines.
All fish were returned alive.