The East and West Breakwaters, fishing charges and the Wardens

 


 Marina Parking

The multi-story in the marina is currently free to park. There are  signs  stating a 4 hour stay but this is for the benefit of those not staying to use the marina facilities. Asda also have a large car park for it's customers and is  play and display, with a refund of  the ticket on purchasing something in Asda.

All other parking area's in the marina are specialised bays  for residents or businesses  and their visitors/deliveries. Parking in these area's is  not advised when fishing in the marina. For further advice on where to park and/or restrictions we advise  visitors to check with the Marina security office  on 01273 693636.

The Breakwaters  

 
 The marina breakwaters,East and West are popular  fishing venue's throughout the year and offer a wide variety of species and sport for anglers of all types. Be it beginner or expert, young and old will find  something here to enjoy.
 Both arms are open all year round subject to weather conditions
 
 
 The upper level of both  arms are for the general public  while the lower levels are for angler's only & not  for general public access for safety reasons.

The East Breakwater

 The East breakwater access is at the far end of the marina and worth the walk.The  parking is in the multi storey when arriving at the marina. The regulars that use it will tell you it is worth the walk & often swear they would never  fish anywhere else. It offers a variety of conditions & ground to fish over with lower marks quite rough while middle & upper reaches as the  wall straightens out offer sandy beds.

 

The higher end provides a large rocky area that has become popular with  bass anglers. There are porta-cabin toilets in the carpark alongside the  lock gate walkway and there is also a cafe at the approach to the  breakwater for  tea's and snacks.

 

The West Breakwater

 


 
  The west arm sometimes gets referred to as the tourist arm.Being the closest to get to, it is the first to fill with anglers in the summer.This wall is split into two noticeable sections, the first being the main part of the wall from the first bay up to the float bays.
   The second section is referred to as the "extension" and is gated off & locked. It can be opened during busy periods at which time a duty warden will be present. This arm is known for it's rocky marks and has caught many an angler un-aware.Mackerel are often caught from this wall first as spring runs into summer.

Facilities

Porta-cabin toilets can be found close to the east  breakwater just over the lock gates in the business car park. The West breakwater has a toilet facility sited within the grey tower that currently is under repair. Alternatives to use can be found in Asda & Mcdonalds within the marina.

BBQ's & Cooking

 With the warm weather in the summer many turn their thoughts to BBQ's & picnic's which is also a popular thought for many visiting the breakwaters. Unfortunately BBQ's are not permitted on the breakwaters. Hot ash being blown has often been the cause of some nasty injuries to visitors so for safety reasons we discourage BBQ's on the walls. 
 


Overnight Fishing

The breakwaters only close in adverse weather so we have many that  come to fish through the night.We do allow tents to be put up over night & ask that the  area is kept tidy & safe. Ideally the small "popup" type of tent  than can be placed against the  sea wall is best allowing plenty of access & free walkways around them. We do ask that tents used over night are  taken down  at 8am. We discourage the use of tents during the day as both breakwaters in the summer  can be very busy and  space can be of a premium for anglers.

Summer Safety

  Both breakwaters are some distance from shops & can act as sun traps. Long hours out fishing or even watching those fishing bring up things than some often overlook. Sunstroke & sunburn are common on long summer days, not just with children. Plenty of fluid & sun cream are always advised.For adults that like to have a can or a tinny dehydration is something to be aware of. Please remember the lower breakwaters are a fishing venue, so there will often be sharp objects discarded,bare feet on the breakwater is risky. Slippery surfaces,children running on the wall, anglers casting & not looking behind can all be factors to injuries. It is often tempting when fishing to sit on or across the outside sea wall, this is not permitted at any time.Wardens do patrol the breakwaters and part of their duty is to assist visitors and encourage safety.
 


Abusive behaviour

The summer heat, long days & often "a few beers while fishing" can sometime lead to tension on the walls. While diplomacy is our aim to calm situations and resolve other issues that arise the wardens are on the wall to assist and ensure the safety of all using the facility. For this reason abusive behaviour is advised against and can result in either the removal of offenders and in some cases permanent bans.

 

THE TACKLE SHOP DOES NOT PROVIDE HIRE  RODS OR EQUIPMENT

 

 
 

 

 Pricing sessions operate between 6am & 6pm for daytime tickets 

night tickets are between 6pm & 6am

Fishing charges are collected by appointed Fishing wardens

Fishing Charges Day or Night

 A ticket is valid for a minimum of 8 hours

A 6-6 session being the maximum of 12 hours

Adults £4.00 A Rod or £5.00  for 2 Rods Per Person

Juniors £2.50 A rod or £3.00  for 2 Rods Per Person

Seniors £2.50 A rod or £3.00 for 2 Rods Per Person

 
 HAND LINES
 
 Adults  £1.50 Juniors & Seniors £1.00

Please note  at night  any under 18's MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.



 

 

 

The Fishing Wardens

 The fishing wardens are appointed by  Dave Grinham  who owns the tackle box. They are there to assist with the running  of the breakwaters and collect  rod monies from those fishing within the marina  facility.All official wardens carry an ID badge and are usually quite visible as they carry out their duties which over the year can prove quite varied, some of these have included.

 

  • seagull rescues
  • rubbish clearance
  • licence collections
  • casting lessons
  • wheelchair assistance
 
 
 Bait deliveries,dispute settlements,wall maintenance, weather forecasting,safety advice and even fish predictions have been asked of them. They are there to help, so please feel free to ask one of them for assistance.Fishing safely in a clean environment encourages visitors to return, help us to help you.