DORSET FORECAST - APRIL
SHORE: Rock marks west of Seatown just west of Bridport for early bass. Burton Bradstock, West Bexington and Abbotsbury at the start of Chesil bank for plaice on lugworm at distance, plus dab, poor cod and early sole in calm conditions. Long distance casting is not necessary for the sole and you should use size 2 hooks. Lug/ragworm cocktails tipped with squid is an excellent option. Dogfish will dominate catches offer dark. Marks around Portland will produce some early wrasse but float fished white rag gives the best chance of juvenile pollack. Rockling will be the dominant species along with a few small pollack on Purbeck rock marks. The sandbar midway along Worbarrow Bay for small plaice. Bournemouth Piers for dab and plaice. Night tides at Southbourne for small eyed ray, flounder and the occasional plaice. Christchurch harbour for mullet around the end of the month and throughout the summer. Mudeford Quay for silver eel and the beach for plaice and bass. Hengistbury Head for early wrasse.
BOAT: The Shambles Bank for superb plaice fishing on the drift and some early turbot for Weymouth boats. Reefs will produce bull huss, dogfish, pouting and the occasional conger. Whiting and spurdog on marks west of Portland. Blonde ray on the Kidney Bank and marks to the east. Bull huss and conger on the many reefs. Pollack should turn up on the Hood wreck in the southern entrance to Portland harbour. The Channel wrecks will give pollack to drift fishing with artificial eels and jellyworms. Bait fishing produces ling. A few boats from West Bay will journey to the wrecks for pollack and a few cod. Otherwise dogfish, whiting and the occasional big spurdog are likely on the clean ground. Inshore fishing off Poole starts to wake up with ray and dab the best target species when uptiding on the Dolphin Bank. Christchurch Bay is a good bet on spring tides. Try the flat ground about one mile south of Barton. Best baits are strips of mackerel or frozen sandeel. Occasional rays from Swanage or Kimmeridge. Poole Bay will still offer a few plaice and flounder to worm baits.