DORSET FORECAST - MAY
SHORE: The best results for all plaice fishing are on day tides in calm sunny conditions with clear water. King ragworm is the successful bait but lugworm, white ragworm and peeler crab all do well. Cocktails often out perform single baits. Lyme Regis, Seatown and Charmouth should all produce bass from the rocky areas. Top marks on Chesil are likely to be Abbotsbury, West Bexington and Cogden where plaice and dab will dominate with sole. The first mackerel may be contacted. The Bridging Camp section should hold a few dogfish and pouting. Portland will produce a few early pollack. Plaice and ray can both be caught from the middle of Worbarrow Bay. Poole harbour will see the return of flounder and the first influx of bass. Jumbo pouting can be caught at night from Durdle Door while some early bass do show in rough conditions at Kimrneridge Bay and Chapman's Pool. Plaice expected at Sandbanks in the mouth of Poole harbour and at Bournemouth and Southbourne beaches. Ballan wrasse will accept peeler crab and ragworm at Hengistbury Head.
BOAT: The first mackerel may be caught off the Aerials by boats out of Lyme Regis and West Bay together with pollack, pouting and wrasse from the rough ground. Expect plaice, dab, dogfish and perhaps whiting on cleaner marks. Boats fishing the wrecks will find some good pollack, ling, cod and hopefully the first conger eel. A set of baited feathers will produce a string of pouting that make excellent bait for the conger. Big plaice on the Shambles bank will provide most sport for Weymouth boats. Turbot and cod will also show. Reefs and inshore marks for ray, conger eel, bull huss and smoothhound. Mid-channel wrecks for pollack, ling and cod. Mackerel should show off Portland Bill during the month. Pollack around the Hood for dingy anglers. Plaice will be caught in Poole Bay and the Poole charter fleet will also target spurdog offshore, with pollack and ling from the wrecks. Black bream may show later in the month. Excellent sport for flounder, bass and the occasional plaice can be enjoyed in the area's harbours such as Poole and Christchurch.