BRIGHTON MARINA FISHING .. Shop opens 8am customers are asked to respect residents in the square and wait quietly OUTSIDE of marina square until 8am

BRIGHTON MARINA FISHING .. Shop opens 8am customers are asked to respect residents in the square and wait quietly OUTSIDE of marina square until 8am

Fri and we r back

we are back and running on the EAST today and on Sat both walls will open for 7am or there abouts depending on which wall gets opened first. Both are expected to close 6pm or thereabouts.

Sunday still looking 50/50 but we are hoping to have something open at time of typing this(2pm). needless to say i have next to no catch info from yesterdays east wall opening but phil has relayed that the water is surprisingly clean considering the blows we had! and would you believe it… there have been a few mackerel had on the east today ! they just dont seem to want to go away but I guess they may serve to draw some squid into catch range of the walls.

Out on the local beaches there have been so decent congers pushing just over and some just under the 20lb markers. Bass, rays and sole reports are still common and the plaice are still playing quite well. Prior to the blows squid and gar’s were being taken and we now are trotting into flounder and dab seasons so things are still quite varied out there.

Storm & Night info updates

Righty ho, first of all both walls will be closed this week at least Mon to Thurs included so we are hoping to be open Fri & sat but again long range sun doesnt look too handy for much of anything other than here we go again shut downs.
Did i mention a night update ? Yea I guess I did. So where do things stand ? As many know there have been issues at night with noise & anglers seemingly forgetting they are in a residential marina, noise carries and as a result of so many wanting to get on the walls issues escalated very quickly as the walls became swamped with numbers that were over hard to control.

This update on nights will refer only to the WEST WALL, as soon as feasible Dave will re implement night fishing on the west wall as a trial at weekends only , 2 possibly 3 nights. As many are aware the facilities are there to enable us to open and being a bit further from the flats things should allow for noise to be kept to a minimum.
The EAST wall will remain closed at night and to reflect the earlier darkening times the east will open 7am to 6pm every day.We will post the opening of the west at night once we have a clearer picture of coming weather patterns but it may be possible to open this fri/sat , this will be confirmed nearer to the time though.

wed am n squiddy

So tuesday was very similar to monday (see blog ) with the one exception of the boss seing a squid come up on the east for one of the regulars that hunt them, I did get the name but its lost to me (naff name memory)
it looks like the weather will hold through the weekend until sunday evening so now is the time to get the likely last of the mackerel and have a go at the squid. No idea how long this coming blow will last so no guarantee of any clear spells after to produce.
On the up side Dave is working on the marina bosses & we are hoping to announce something somewhen end of this week or beginning next which may be a part solution though not a full one .

Watch this space as they say

its Monday and a

Round up from the weekend. I think i have already covered last week which was mostly sketchy reports, a few mackerel items & unconfirmed info about squid.
That rapidly brings me to the weekend round up. Sat saw the best of the sunshine but both days were great for evening sunsets, why do I mention them, well if you haven’t fished through this autumns sunsets you should, or at least get out there find a coastal point or a high point that you can watch some of the sunsets happening at the moment. There are some fantastic colours out there and well worth being out for.

The fishing for many on the walls has been ok, for some has been decent and a very few have had some very decent sessions for this time of year. Sat saw a lot of decent plaice high ends of the east, Sunday same area produced numbers but not so big sizes. Mid wall east (sat)saw a tick over of flatties, a splashing of mackerel and a mix of other species enough to occupy many with baits. West sat was a case of many feathering and very few trying for much else but I gather a couple of bream were had prior to the High water and a reasonable number of mackies for many though no full strings. Most had to work for the 10+ fish they had.
Sunday the better part of the marina saw the upper bays on the east perform including 3 decent sized guiltheads amongst the high number of flatties with catches all along the front end ticking over.

Species tally for the east was guilts & black bream, plaice, eels, dab(yup) some gar, mackerel, bass, small rays and a few assortments down the side including a decent wrasse.
OVer on the west late afternoon the tally of mackerel was higher and even a fair few coming out past 6pm on the low water, one bay did very well for plaice fishing well for sizes prior to the high but also continued fish as the tide droped away with a last gasp plaice im told prior to packing down at 6.40pm

I was promised pictures for the facebook page & may see them today sometime… or not …

I helped on the west sat & sun and must say I had a great time. I cant praise those on the wall enough, both walls were very clean and everyone taking all of their rubbish , like it should be you may say but not always the case. The atmosphere was good & I had time to chat with anglers & identify some that needed help or would benefit from an adjustment here or there in how they were fishing. Its great when you almost instantly see a difference or change in how someone adapts to a little change in how they cast or how they change a method even if its something simple like hook sizes for targeting a species. I even managed to teach 2 kids in one family to cast followed by adapting the dads cast with him suddenly getting double the distance he was managing, he seemed impressed and very happy. Now as a warden that is something I expect to do if needed but when things are silly busy you cant always take the time to give attention to detail and I think as a result newer anglers then miss out on a chance to learn earlier than they do.

There are so many reason I love helping on the walls including the social side of things though privately im not really one to sit in others company and prefer to fish on my own or with one otherbut, walking around on the wall give me the chance to chat with other anglers , see how & what they fish of & help with new comers . It may not be teaching but often I can help adapt how some fish to their benefit on the marina & showing the next generation a few things can be very rewarding. The irony is by teaching the kids the adults suddenly find a want to change from just mackerel targets to using bait and learning new way. For those of you that have not had the chance to teach a youngster on the wall a little something , you may be missing out on a whole new and rewarding world. But i ramble 🙂 a last few words about the west wall which on the sunday over all produced more mackies than sat tho no shoals showed , also caught were some bream a bass & quite a few plaice scattered along the wall , more to be honest than Id have expected and as i say one bay performed very well with at least 3-4 decent keepers and a fair few returns.

A great social weekend, with some decent catches in murky water that is doing its best to clear and we have some northerly light winds forecast that should clear the water day by day this week that bodes well for the weekend and those elusive autumn squid.
Hope you enjoyed the read , I know i had a decent weekend pottering on the west .

No great shouts

Where are we today ? ..We are at a tick along post to be honest, more sausage filling than steak & kidney pie I think.
So the fishing, dominated since re-opening by the same story after an autumn blow of weed, more weed or, loads of weed. In amongst the the weed the reports are eels , eels and more eels , be they conger or silver it seems to be eel week. Was hoping to hear some squid had returned but the water colour has been a bit grim, on the brighter side we now have some northerlies combined with some big 7meter tides that should go a long way to flushing the weed & silt out a bit . Those big tides should trigger a return of the bass & squid and no doubt a few mackies still looking for food before hitting deeper waters. Plaice and sole are about & if hunting sole many would recommend some old smelly bait for them.
All in all the big tides offer some late summerish fishing if the temps play nice… if they down, wrap up & get out there if you can, mid afternoon high tides look decent for a few species.

seems like weeks

Sooo, as I have just been reminded, Ive overlooked the blog but posted updates. How long ? hmmm 24th sept oops.
So whats been happening, tbh not a massive amount. Flakey weather in the main causing shut downs over the last 10 days more than openings. Yesterday the east was open for a few hours in the lull that was fairly brief. Fish were had & quite a few showed up braving the weather or despite the weather & bass & plaice amongst other species had although there were no great over harvests that almost became a nasty normal sight.
The wardens can and do set limits on takes but rarely do it as the season for mackies seems to get shorter & shorter… perhaps that may explain to some degree this years carnage or should I say frenzy. Either way a couple of the wardens called enough & started imposing a limit on what people could take to a simple rule. If it looks too much to carry on your own in one go … stop feathering & fish another way or pack up.
It did actually cause some to stop & think while others were shocked to be stopped. It still amazes me that people need to be told when enough is enough & the greed has to stop.

Mostly wardens other than rod fee collecting are rarely seen. That doesnt follow that they are not about, it means they are doing their jobs & letting anglers get on with fishing in relative peace. (boom boxes dont count )The wardens prefer to be not noticed, that means things are ticking over with little to no issues thus people start to think the wardens only show to take ya monies and are never about… which is why some are surprised when we can target somewhere when we know there is an issue and can sort it quickly. It works when people let us know. It fails when people post 3 days later there was an issue.

So back to the walls , today and Tues both walls expected shut unless I post otherwise. Wed subject to the usual damage checks both walls should be open but there may be a little delay as things are checked over. Weather man says no issues from wed to next tues or longer so expect those big Autumn squid to be about, walls currently 7am to 7pm but that may be revisited soonish & for those fishing the beaches at night … get them lures out this weekend. Big 7m tides sat & sun should throw up some big bass/squid and congers. There is lots still out there if the weed can be avoided or dispersed.

Good hunting folks & I may see some of you on the west this w/end 🙂

P.S. get those piccys sent into the FB group, time we added to the squid & bass galleries

Mid sept n squid

Those waiting on the late autumn squid run will be looking at this opening line and thinking go on, go on, say it…. ok i wont sat “IT” but…
Squid reports have been logged and confirmed in Dover, folkstone Eastbourne and Brighton, some have been at night but also a decent mix in daytime. It may also account for the fact that the humongous numbers of mackerel are being split into smaller shoals and times of said shoals are a bit erratic.
The downer is that the numbers of visitors to the marina walls is still crazy high and the “fire break” of closing at night begins today with the walls reverting to a 7am to 7pm opening for a few weeks .
On the bait front bass, bream, wrasse, plaice, gar, sole and flounder are fairly common still & for the beach dudes at night plenty of pups and rays amongst the conger. The whiting invasion cant be far away 🙂

fire break no nights



anyone found on the walls within this time will be removed, If security remove you you risk ID’s being taken as well as car reg plates and a year ban , possible further legal action could also be an option

this is a temp close like last year and full details are posted on the NIGHT FISHING PAGE

Just a few

Just a few days away from the walls for me as my body recovers the hammering of too many days walking on concrete.
Sluggish reports & little feedback to be honest which sorta confirms that the mackerel are bombarding other venues ATM rather than the marina.
There has been a super trawler lurking abouts the wind farm no doubt reaping the fish as the reports hit social media also.
Species for bait users & live baits doing reasonably well.
As said prior , sole |& plaice are on the feed and fattening and a few flounders are about also. Tons obviously of mac & horse mac and finally a few garfish showing within the chaotic mackie shoals.
Gurnards are still about as it seems are the goat fish (red mullet) less so much of the greys n goldies but they may not be on many target lists.~
Wrasse numbers seem up & bream seem steady so defo worth getting baits out as im getting now a decent regular insight to brighton beaches at night. Still plenty of shark pubs(not just hounds) and an assortment of rays & congers to be had still (thanks DEV DEAN)
I wont be back near the marina for at least a week or more for various reasons including a mini break on the Isle of Wight fri sat sun. Will update any news i get & we still have some info comming about a change on night time fishing.

Please remember folks , the small east carpark by the cafe & portaloo’s is for drop off pick up only

Been a few days since

Its been a few days since one of the so time I got it over with I guess.
Both walls have foir the best part of 10 days been swamped, remember last year when we were forced to close at night to slow the numbers ariving on the marina ? yep, just like that.

Up until Monday morning swarms of mackerel have been battering the wall, sometime 5-9 hours constantly other days with 4-5 hour gaps. The result is the usual carnage of people getting their fill & then “IN THE BUZZ continuing until when they do realise the sheer numbers of fish boxed, bagged & bucketed around them they start to pack up.

Then the real horror begins, wardens spend their days when like this meeting their own arses coming back & in all of this constantly advise “punters”
“clean your fish on the wall”
“dont pile them so deep”
“if you dont clean they will fester in your hot car”

“do you want to poison who you are giving or selling to ?”
all the warnings and advice are ignored , who buy you may ask,

Bet u say them Foreigners!

well thats only part right because it seems that near every single person with feathers get carried away in the carnage and forget what i try to drum into people “fishing”
Catch, KILL, bag, 5 min lull clean some fish. They weigh 1/2 as much, last longer, dont sour or form worms in the cooking guts then make people ill.
My guess today is there are people ill from sour mackerel in Coventy, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and All over Suffolk, Hertfordshire across to Hereford


Now for the fishing report, maybe 10% of people are showing up with two rods, possibly less, the sane ones are trying to get as high as they can on the east or low marks on both walls that are known to catch fish with livebaits.

Still smoothound pups a plenty at night & although rays are about they now are the babies against the wall looking for snacks. I had still been seing gurnards on east and both still getting bream. Its also nice to see an increase of wrasse coming out of which some decent plus 2 pounders.
FLOAT FISHING is ok not great & gar are stubbornly reluctant to be found even within the shoals. Yes there are bass, quite a few decent table fish up to 4lb ish & if there are any big girls about people are staying tight lipped for good reason.

Plaice are now on the fatten up process & getting worth taking home if u can get your bait underneath the carnage.
Its not been unusual to have mixed shoals of mac & horse mac begin at 2 am but the smaller tide has slowed the frequency of shoals in general.
IE Sun night into mon the shoals barely hit the east & that was mostly high about 6am the rest of the day many gave up as the drizzle arrived allowing duty staff much needed time to remove tons of litter left that rain often causes.
In all fairness to the tons of visitors (many colours of beneton comes to mind) most were good with their litter & tbh no complaints on that score from me …

Yes you did read that right, most took their crap home. One or 2 bays someone would highlight with a pic saying how bad the bay was or how bad a left behind broken box in the car park was & what messy buggers u anglers all are etc etc , but I repeat, its actually not been that bad at night on the litter front this week.

General health of the walls is good, bait anglers are catching some decent stuff if they can stay part clear of them marauding fish shoals.

Next them all important questions:-
I have kids is it worth a visit of so busy
A/ Yes , come during the day, high tides are busiest so check tides and prepare, best bet high east wall, I dont advise small children at peak times(sat sun)


Is it worth coming at all, its over crowded with idiots and ppl that dont know how.

A/ Its worth it, most are greedy ppl only after mackerel, shoals are erratic this week & many go home bored, there are quiet areas that some chose to bait fish, Find ppl with 2 rods each, they mostly have the knowhow & usually helpful and have a care near kids fishing.

When is the best time to visit
A/Mid week daytimes, many nights have been silly busy & people take more risks as they think no one is watching…… they are.

Where can I park if I fish the east wall
A/ Same place as always have in the rules, the Multi storey carpark

Parking info extra plz
A/ east little carpark by the cafe you can pick up or drop off provided you are quiet & respectful of residents
There is no parking in the east small cafe carpark unless you have a legit parking permit, a pink ticket is not legit to park it just works the barriers.

There are still 2 blue badge bays east carpark that are legit to use with badge displayed

Im told you can fight the parking tickets down there so its ok.
Go for it, there is a new firm with a contract to enforce parking& they will hand out fines & if that process fails, remember , you are on private land and without a permit the marina have and will take the route of prosecuting for trespass.!

If you have got that far you are actually reading and not skimming it…
There is to be a major announcement re night fishing in the pipelne & I will update as soon as I have it