Olly Yallop with a typical size thornback ray
07 Nov 2017

Summer Species Still Off Essex Shores

What strange times we are in on our coast, whether it is global warming or just a localised trend, our Summer species really don’t want to disappear. Even though we are into November the thornback ray, bass and even the

The National Police Boat Championships
23 Oct 2017

Police Fishing Nationals In Thames Estuary

The temperature has dropped a degree or two this week and it is feeling more like autumn. A few more codling reported this week from boats and shore although they are proving to be very small and not what we

James Hendry with an Autumn smoothhound
09 Oct 2017

High Winds Stir the Essex Coast

High winds for the whole week has certainly stirred the seabed up! With north-westerly winds blowing off the land at the weekend, those rough seas flattened off inshore and made the tides higher than normal. The boats were again able

Rob Hudson with a five pound bass
25 Sep 2017

Essex Boat Anglers Enjoy Good Sport

A pleasant week of fairly calm weather has seen plenty of boats fishing off our coastline. Rays, bass, dogfish, and whiting have been caught, although it is a problem to get through the massive shoals of autumnal whiting that have appeared

Kevin with his tub gurrnard
18 Sep 2017

Seasonal Changes on Essex Shores

It really is that switch over time when our summer species depart slowly to warmer climes. Autumn seems to have arrived overnight with much colder early mornings and evenings heralding the shoals of whiting. I think we now have to accept

Martyn Smyth with his 6lb bass on a squid bait
05 Sep 2017

Whiting Show Up In Essex

It seems as if that autumn clock has been switched on, bang on time! Almost overnight shoals of autumnal whiting have appeared for both beach, pier and boat angler. Our beaches have been invaded with these voracious feeding species and after

Arturas Babyre with a 7lb bass
28 Aug 2017

Essex Sport Hots Up With Indian Summer

We carry on this week in a similar trend with calm clear seas and warm temperatures and it looks like the forecast is set for an Indian Summer which will mean it could be early October before much cooler weather sets

Tiffany with a bass
14 Aug 2017

Bass Have Breakfast With Tiffany

The sea has cleared this week to an almost blue colour which has made daytime beach fishing slightly more difficult with most discerning fish staying out in deeper waters until dusk. Having said that, school bass will still be found close

Lee Dunkley with his 11lb smoothhound
07 Aug 2017

Smoothhounds Provide Essex Boat Sport

The weather has once again played its role for the boat anglers with high winds causing choppy seas and making it difficult for any boats to take to the water. Towards the weekend the winds eased and the fishing was that

Baily with his bass
24 Jul 2017

Baily’s Brilliant Bass

The monthly report from the Brightlingsea charter boat Sophie Lea has been very promising, plenty of medium size hounds being caught providing great sport on the right tackle.  Hermit crabs are the top bait.  The bass have also been feeding well with fish