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Hi

I'm a coarse angler thinking of having a try at some sea fishing. The bad news (for me) is that I know almost nothing about it, but the good news is that almost any fish is a first and so I'm easily pleased!

I'm going on a fishing break to the Bournemouth/ Christchurch area in July, and as well as coarse fishing I was thinking of having a crack at sea fishing, but would welcome some advice on what might be achievable and where to try. Just having coarse tackle I couldn't cope with strong currents.

The places I've unearthed on the web are: Bournemouth and Boscombe piers, Mudeford Quay, and Christchurch harbour. Which of these would be the best bet for a beginner, where I could expect to catch a fish or two over , say, half a pound? Or maybe you will suggest somewhere else? For health reasons I'd need to park nearby.

Thanks for your help

john clarke

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On 6/9/2021 at 4:08 PM, The Flying Tench said:

Hi

I'm a coarse angler thinking of having a try at some sea fishing. The bad news (for me) is that I know almost nothing about it, but the good news is that almost any fish is a first and so I'm easily pleased!

I'm going on a fishing break to the Bournemouth/ Christchurch area in July, and as well as coarse fishing I was thinking of having a crack at sea fishing, but would welcome some advice on what might be achievable and where to try. Just having coarse tackle I couldn't cope with strong currents.

The places I've unearthed on the web are: Bournemouth and Boscombe piers, Mudeford Quay, and Christchurch harbour. Which of these would be the best bet for a beginner, where I could expect to catch a fish or two over , say, half a pound? Or maybe you will suggest somewhere else? For health reasons I'd need to park nearby.

Thanks for your help

Hi John,

Sad indication of the health of this forum, a few years ago you would have gotten numerous replies from locals.

I know that fishing from Bournemouth Pier can give you some good results on the type of tackle you have, equally I know that you can book a fishing ticket for a few quid, I don’t know however if the pier is open due to, well you can guess!

There is a Facebook site Here you might try.

Also might be worth a call to a local tackle shop, there might be one left.

Perhaps have a think about a charter boat, there are a few along that part of the Coast, most will provide tackle on request.

Whatever happens enjoy your time there.

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Dont forget heavy freshwater tackle can be used but you will need a drop net to haul up far smaller fish than you can with a sea rod !Do they make "pier" rods anymore or was it just a marketing ploy to flog more pike rods lol

I had great fun using a pike rod and baited feathers down the side of folkestone pier ,at time landing more fish than the horizon bashers with their expensive Daiwa Moonrakers lol

Christchurch has a tremendous current until its top or bottom of the tide and i watched my mate in our dingy thrashing its 5hp outboard going no-where at mudeford .We fished pretty much the entire south coast over a couple of decades and apart from boat fishing or night fishing piers not had a great time  its so hit and miss ,ditch the rods and detect bournmouth beach you may have more luck lol

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