Fishing in Dorset

Zerkalo

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My parents have booked a holiday for 2 weeks in Charmouth, Dorset. Just wondering what fishing I can do if I tag along.

Is Charmouth anywhere near any decent stretches of the Stour that I could fish (dayticket?), or are there any decent fisheries/lakes round there?

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The Runner

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Wrong end of the County for the Stour, not been down that area for ages so don't know about lakes etc, but if all else fails, the Cobb at Lyme Regis just down the road used to be good for mullet. Had a couple of really good days there fishing the inside of the wall on a match rod, 5bb balsa and bits of mackerel flesh on an 8 . They don't half go....
 

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Lived Bournemouth for a year and still have mates in Bournemouth and Poole so still go down there regularly and have holidayed twice in Christchurch and twice in west bay so I know pretty Dorset well. Unfortunately for you most the good coarse fishing is in the east of the county east of Weymouth with the stour, Avon and frome and most lakes over that way as well. There’s the odd small Fishery over west of Weymouth where you are going but not much exciting.

It is a superb area for sea fishing though. Can be good fishing off the cobb at Lyme Regis, the harbour walls at west bay, the piers at Weymouth, the rocks at beer and Portland and charmouth, seaton, Chesil and west bay beaches. There’s charter trips from west bay, Weymouth and Lyme Regis as well but another fun thing to do is to take the little wooden boats out from beer, had great fun mackereling from them a few years back. TA fishing show on YouTube has quite a few videos from there called wooden boat fishing.
 
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Well, if you want some excellent bream fishing, travel 20mins from Charmouth to Chard reservoir.
40minutes travelling would get you to Taunton for the "Fast stretch" on the Tone for possibly the best chub fishing in the Southwest..
 

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Chard reservoir sounds excellent, just what I'm looking for. £10 day ticket for non members from what I can tell! My parents are going for 2 weeks so I might just go for a week. I would go sea fishing but don't have the tackle (and reel is not magsealed :p)

Thanks for help.
 

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Ah didn’t know the reservoir wasn’t just for members.

For fishing of the piers and rocks you don’t need sea tackle. An 9-11ft Avon or spinning rod and 4000 sizes reel will be fine for places like the cobb, west May pier/harbour and Weymouth pier/harbour particularly on the inside and the outside with some methods. Could also use them off some beaches for some methods. I never use a sealed reel you just have to thoroughly rinse them afterwards and doing that has never lead to any problems for me. The rod only has be able to cast a float, lure or small leads for such types of fishing. You only need specialised sea tackle when leads get to the 4-5oz mark which you wouldn’t need for lots of the types of fishing you can do around the West Country.
 
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