BRIGHTON MARINA FISHING for the East and West breakwaters

BRIGHTON MARINA FISHING for the East and West breakwaters

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Strange,..

Well how strange, its taken me nearly a week to notice the double blocked post on last blog and, tbh I can’t be arsed to change it now so I guess it stays for now !
So other than today being the last day of the prem season is there much to get over excited about ? to be fair not a massive amount but there has been a change or two going on down on the fishy front.

So whats different ? not the rot thats for sure, with the small tides meaning slower water flow the the rot is not going anywhere very soon even though some are more hopeful than I am that they think its breaking, I dont agree BUT, yep there is always a but eh 🙂 well the but is that the fishing is actually not that bad. Yes maybe the quality is lacking a bit but over on the east there are good numbers of plaice (up n down on sizes) Bream have started to play nicely and even a few wrasse are being reported which Im hoping means that they will be better in numbers than the last 3 years. Sole are on the increase and dont seem to mind getting under the may rot even on low tides and they do make good eating. Conger and as someone else put it the other day to me “the return of the bl**dy dogs!” which for time of year I think is/maybe a good thing !, WTF U say 🙂 yep hear me out.
Am I the only person in Sussex that has seemed to notice when the dogs return during the may rot or to the end of it that the hounds then start to switch on their season ? surely not coincidence and I have a couple of ppl I want to talk to regarding this because….YES the hound numbers are rapidly going up. Perhaps its due to the annual incoming surge of the spider crab march perhaps Ive never really thought about when why the mutts & dogs start catching but im gonna look into it. My final species round up for the east… RAY no not the Mr Charles or Burns types but there have been some almost decent rays being had on the east ! go figure…
West to follow this


All in all for species counters the EAST is doing ok considering the rot, not convinced ? I will start rattling off the last 2 weeks species for ya, Plaice, Sole, Topknot, Flounder, Dab (honest) Conger, Bream, Wrasse (2 types), sand eel, sardines ! yup, Mackerel (here n there hard work) Bass, Shad, rumours of mullet ive yet to confirm high east, Thornback & Undulate rays, dog fish, pout & chan whiting (bit odd there) Pollack (both walls & small)Red Mullet, Gurnard, sadly the hoped for squid cuttle became a non starter but hopefully we get a more settled Autumn and can get an event up & running for that one evening.

So over to the WEST, now please I hope you both reading are not breath holding as its not as rosey looking as the EAST ATM. I took a wander along the West a couple of times this week and yes like the east, things are a bit better than I expected but the may rot is taking its full effect on the WEST with the smaller & slower tided but that doesnt mean its not worth fishing. Talk to most of the know it all gobby ones about bream and they will answer , high tide every time, na m8 cant get bream on the wall on small tides or on low tides blah blah blah… bullshite ! I had on both occasions of popping do been there on low crappy tides and you can smell the egg rot as you walk alongside the multi carpark !Funny how fast you stop noticing the smell though when you have been sniffing it year in year out for way too long!, anyhoo, I digress, while not many were fishing mid week I guess some have done their homework/research on the walls or just plain got a bit lucky. Both occasions there were ppl fishing on bays that I consider decent for bream and yes they were being caught right on low tide, not loads but enough to tick people over when catches can be few and far between on the west wall in full rot mode. Not only were bream active on low but so also were plaice with fair numbers also being caught from time to time. Now I realise most see the west as the go to for mackerel in the summer and is snag central but for those unable or unwilling to do the hike over to the east the west does still mid rot have something to offer people.

This weeks catches on the WEST ? Plaice, Bream, Bass, Sole, Pollack, mackerel, & dogfish, not as species happy as the east but it is very much different ground and it does have its reasons on why it tends to be the most fav wall to get too.
Well thats it for today, Im gearing up for the last game of the season at the amex so, until next time… I bid you both ADIEU 🙂
F

didnt realise..

Wow, Tuesday already, I must be getting senile in my old age, days just seem to blur or vanish into each other. Id have put money on it being Monday this morning !
Madness !
Right so what is going on since I last posted some guff to get you all sprinting onto the walls. Well….
The may rot is seemingly at full strength and quite thick on the small tides as well as low water. the bigger tides are proving defo fishable and worth while. Plaice are coming out on both walls, on the west the lower bays tend to be best but there are also spots higher up that are producing but I will say the best numbers are on the EAST. Bass, for those that know their stuff, they are catching em, look around for them lure anglers, They look a bit like the dudes that throw feathers out at 1st glance until you realise they are using smaller & lighter rods and often stood away on their own. Give them a watch and then go say high, they often like to chat & share info.
what else do we have for you, well for the4 eagle eyed there is a cracking red mullet posted to the marina gallery, caught by regular Lee Demario on the east and was weighed at 1lb 11oz, probably the largest ive seen in 20+ years for the marina. Bream are there in decent numbers usually over the high as well as a few wrasse and rays,(mostly thornbacks.) All in all considering how the may rot in the past has killed the fishing , this year things have continued to improve. There have and are still occasional catches of mackerel in small flurries although the early catches this month of a cuttle or 2 and a couple of squid ended up turning into a non even and thus justifies my cancelling the squid comp this spring despite some grumbles !.

I really must summon up the energy to get down onto one of the walls to at least have a dabble and say hi to a lot of the regular faces(new & old) but my energy levels dont always match my ambitions of getting out & fishing, the brain is more willing than the body , BUT I keep saying soon, the gear is packed ready to go so, soon 🙂
Wow, Tuesday already, I must be getting senile in my old age, days just seem to blur or vanish into each other. Id have put money on it being Monday this morning !

Madness !
Right so what is going on since I last posted some guff to get you all sprinting onto the walls. Well….
The may rot is seemingly at full strength and quite thick on the small tides as well as low water. the bigger tides are proving defo fishable and worth while. Plaice are coming out on both walls, on the west the lower bays tend to be best but there are also spots higher up that are producing but I will say the best numbers are on the EAST. Bass, for those that know their stuff, they are catching em, look around for them lure anglers, They look a bit like the dudes that throw feathers out at 1st glance until you realise they are using smaller & lighter rods and often stood away on their own. Give them a watch and then go say high, they often like to chat & share info.
what else do we have for you, well for the4 eagle eyed there is a cracking red mullet posted to the marina gallery, caught by regular Lee Demario on the east and was weighed at 1lb 11oz, probably the largest ive seen in 20+ years for the marina. Bream are there in decent numbers usually over the high as well as a few wrasse and rays,(mostly thornbacks.) All in all considering how the may rot in the past has killed the fishing , this year things have continued to improve. There have and are still occasional catches of mackerel in small flurries although the early catches this month of a cuttle or 2 and a couple of squid ended up turning into a non even and thus justifies my cancelling the squid comp this spring despite some grumbles !.
I really must summon up the energy to get down onto one of the walls to at least have a dabble and say hi to a lot of the regular faces(new & old) but my energy levels dont always match my ambitions of getting out & fishing, the brain is more willing than the body , BUT I keep saying soon, the gear is packed ready to go so, soon 🙂
thats it for now so until next time I bid you all as usual ADIEU
F

update

Night fishing has been extended not to Thurs through til Sun on the WEST wall only.
The EAST WALL will open later in the evening on nights that we west wall remains open, thus from this week inclusive the

EAST WALL will open
Mon/T/W 6am til 6pm then
THURS/F/S/S 6am til 8pm

Catch reports are on the up with bream being caught on both walls, Bass are doing ok and plaice are now quite common but as prior said many are still quite small so please keep an eye on keeping sensible sizes. There are still conger about & the occasional wrasse has been had. Like wise there are occasional rays as well. May rot seems better over the larger high tides which are bringing in 2-3 mackerel here & there. Yes they are being caught on feathers but they are hard work so bring some bait or you will be knackered from feathering all day for maybe one or 2 fish.
likewise missing is them spring squid!, wtf is going on? 2 years in a row hardly one to be seen! Ive no idea why, surely its not just that wild weather in March and much of April !, who knows ? answers on a postcard please. Yep we have moved the comp to the Autumn in the hope we can get one run and I have been chatting with Robin on the best ways to proceed with the squid event in future. Lets see what develops.
Im hearing the dredger is expected to start working in the marina very soon and may be as soon as Monday.
Things looking up quite quickly and the weather is playing ball with it looking glorious out there during the day , although night temps are a bit chilly.
So, clarity good on the big tides, very gloopy with may rot on the smaller and low tides. That egg smell is defo noticeable.
Finally there seems to be a blip in the weather next Mon& maybe Tues that may cause the walls to shut but that will get called nearer the day and posted to home page, thus,
Thats all folks and I will bid you, until next time ADIEU
F

update nights….

Night fishing this week on west wall
thurs/Fri/Sat/ and Sun 9th to 12th May


Things ticking over on both walls. May rot very evident in the water atm, probably the bigger tides will be the better to fish and most species tend to avoid the rot or try to live under it.

Bass catches a little slower this week or less being reported. Plaice are on the improve but again still please be aware of size regs as some are still quite small and a bit slow thickening up.
Bream and wrasse have been reported on the walls as well as a couple of species of Ray, congers still about as are the stubborn to go dogfish, perhaps if I start calling them catfish or summat else silly they may sound exotic and wanted :).
Temps are slowly increasing but there defo have been warmer years for the month of MAY !
not a great deal to say atm so I will leave you all and bid you ADIEU
F

night fishing

YES, YES, YES do ya get the drift 🙂
FRIDAY
SATURDAY and
SUNDAY
NIGHT FISHING defo all this weekend WEST WALL ONLY and I will look for a confirm that it will now be every weekend subject to confirm and obviously weather conditions

April ends !

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Poor old April!, she promised so much and in the end bowed out with a whimper ! The fishing on the walls was not that great, there were catches but mostly few and far or skinny returns with a few exceptions.

Best of the month was that bass catches are picking up and the FB group has had a few decent piccys posted on that front. Next up have been conger catches, some decent sizes and a couple of Juniors had a good day on them with their dad on the east, but I will add a word of caution for anglers to please pay attention to the recommended sizes on the website and we do get a few grumbles about small fish being kept and as a rule we do try to encourage sensible fishing.


When on the walls I tend to as if a catch looks decent enough to make 1 meal & if there is even a little doubt people should return those that seem small. It must surprise some to realise that if the small ones go back they may actually grow bigger for catching another time ! weird idea eh 

Other catches I hear someone say at the back :), yes there are plaice, catches are on the increase but again please be aware of the sizes on the website, many of the plaice are small and not very thick. While many plaice can be the “right length” often they are so skinny that you would need 2 fish to make enough for one meal.
Again my go too is “will 1 fish make a decent meal?”fish grow, please put them back to grow some more 

Thus we get to repeat the “other catches” 
Rays have started showing up on the wall, mostly thornbacks but there are undulates amongst the catches and we do try to encourage these to be returned as they are restricted and commercials have a strict catch policy on them with research being carries out towards Devon & Cornwall.
Ive heard whispers of Mullet showing up in the river estuary’s recently so am expecting activity around the marina fairly soon.
I’m not hearing anything about the micro species on the marina yet but that may well be because no one is targeting them or simply not passing on catch info.
SQUID & MACKEREL, yes some have been caught, the tail end of last week saw a cuttle and a squid caught followed by a single mackerel mid week. The next day 2 squid were caught/confirmed as well as a few mackerel on the EAST but since then Ive not really heard anything and there are a few keen squidders that fish the marina on a regular basis.
The walls also saw bream caught over the weekend so hopefully the decent weather with encourage more to show themselves.

Work on the EAST is nearly done and we are waiting for ordered wire to arrive so that the red post wire can be finished allowing us to get the wall fully open.
I dont have a progress update as yet for the west extensions and Night fishing is hopefully starting soon once we get a suitable weather report for a SATURDAY night.
well that is just about it for today, hopefully the weather gods play nice and some decent fishing can be got underway.
until next time, as usual I bid you all ADIEU
F

Morning world

Happy monday folks.

A quick update for those that have not picked it up from the home page.

Both walls are now open slightly longer hours weather permitting from 6am and close about 6pm
Work on the east progresses and jet washing is nearly done. Once the holes are filled and wires repaired Mark will be able to fully open the EAST WALL.


West Extension will be a little longer as there are quite a lot of repairs needed as well as the obvious jet washing.

And finally some good news fore the tourists & bad news for the anglers A MACKEREL WAS CAUGHT and videoed on the east today …chaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggggegeeeeee
Thats it for today, tight lines all and I bid you all ADIEU
F

Its been a while so…

As the title says I have been a bit remiss with the lack of updates so, to rectify that I will hammer straight into it and pee 70 odd ppl off straight away. !

Sorry folks but it has been decided to delay the squid comp this year until the AUTUMN and will move this year onto the WEST WALL.
There, that ripped the sticky plaster off and binned it eh!


Unfortunately the early spring weather has been quite disruptive and kept the local waters quite coloured. Now some of the wise heads out there will no doubt tell me that squid actually don’t mind hunting in murky water and I would agree with them providing that there was plenty of food to be had by them and that is the pain of it. The coloured water has meant that the April run of mackerel up from the bay of Biscay reached Cornwall recently in its deeper waters that Ive no doubt are clearer that what we currently have had off the Sussex coast! With those early mackerel are very often good numbers of herring that also like to feed(like Mackerel) in somewhat clear waters & that we dont have.

I took some time messaging various people that have a close eye on the water and general conditions and I agree with a couple who pointed out to me that the squid comp has run once at the end of May on suitable tides and a couple of times in mid May. This is true but also we have had by this time the early run of mackerel/herring under way to encourage the squid in to feed and get “jiggy”.

Now, while that run hasn’t happened it may yet do so hence a couple of suggestions to utilise the back up date 2 weeks later but that then means taking a leap of faith that not only will there be suitable food inshore but also that the squid are by then still feeling amorous ! 🙂 With current conditions as they are I don’t feel it and would hate to set up the comp with a date and chance that they will show, usually they are in full flow now but other than some cuttle shells washing up on local beaches there is little sign of anything occurring in our Sussex waters, even the clusters of early eggs from cuttle or squid are missing from our beaches. Thus its been decided to move the event to and Autumn date (TBA) which most likely will be a daytime into early night event on the WEST WALL.

Righty ho, what is happening on the Marina? March and April so far has been a mix of storm blows and a day or two of clear weather making progress on the EAST wall slow regarding repairs of posts and wires ad severe blows have rendered wire fixes and even one post replacement a little pointless as they had to be redone. Frustrating for the guys trying to complete repairs and frustrating for Mark who is trying to get both walls back open fully.
Im told the EAST is open to about 38 but officially Ive only been told bay 36. Jet washing is happening but not being down there daily I can’t say how often as Dave has either been doing it himself or organising it around the help that Phil(pieman) is giving him. I think I will give dave a ring Mon or Tues to get a clearer picture of progress so I can post up an up to day idea of how, when why etc.


On the fishing front things are a little slow on the summer species front. The water has stayed stubbornly very coloured and is only just this week showing signs of calming and clearing. Northerly’s for the next week should also go some way to clearing the water.
Im hearing there are some Mullet on the waterways but not yet being caught on the marina. mainstay this week seems to have been mostly small plaice, a few bass in the usual places and for the usual people. Its worth keeping an eye on the regular bass anglers and having a little patience if you want to target them.
Congers have been had on the EAST mostly and one or 2 show on the west wall quite often , maybe its the water colour maybe its just “their time” atm. There are still some whiting about but I suspect they will soon depart as the water cleans itself up.

With air temps and a North wind things are a bit chilly out there but in a way that may be a good thing as its looking quickly like ideal for spring herring ! They do tend to come in just before or just after the high water marks so worth carrying some small hook feathers or rigs like sabiki’s. Will the spring mackerel arrive on the bigger tides at the end of the month ? good question and all I can say is possibly, but one of the wardens mentioned today that it looks like the may rot is starting to form ! sods law as we wait for the fishing to improve.

Have I missed anything ? yup, I avoided until now mentioning Dogfish ! yes the darn things are still around but the numbers are thinning and there have been some rays caught over on the east over the sands so its not quite all winter fishing still.
it looks like this week will be a calm one with both walls still on 7am til 5pm and I hope to get a chat with Mark about plans to open a bit longer now the light levels have improved.
New squid date will be announces in the coming months as well as a rescheduled plaice comp, bream comp and possibly a bass comp.


Thats all for today, any questions email using the link at the bottom home page or find me on messenger. And with that I will bid you Adieu
F

Easter sun

So a quick update for anyone still reading this blog 🙂 I’m told there are at least still two of you :).
Both walls opened yesterday, The WEST up to the gate of the toilet block and the EAST was or is OPEN to bay 36.
Unfortunately the coming week is looking crap but the walls are open today and Monday and the EAST is hoped to have open Tuesday weather gods allowing.
From Mon night close the west will then stay closed all week as a blow pushes through. This also means that from Tues shut time on the EAST both walls will be shut for the rest of the week.


So that’s the boring bit done , what’s going on on the fishy front?
The EAST for its 1st day open fished quite well by I guess current standards. The water is still coloured but the brown stain has now turned to a dark green stain, sadly it will be brown again come next weeks end!
Species caught on the EAST included Plaice (most undersize) whiting surprisingly few dogfish (yay)and even a schoolie bass or two had. The Congers wer in decent numbers no doubt due to the free run they have had on that side with no one fishing.


Over on the facebook group Lee Townsend posted a decent day report with his two young lads getting in on some conger with the best over 10lb.
I will repeat his words here>>

Fished the east arm with the boys today. Was great to be back out on there. Massive thank you to the guys for getting the wall sorted. We had a mixed day of whiting. Small plaice, dog fish and some congers. Lost a monster conger at the surface but that’s how it goes some times . But my middle son managed to catch and bring to the net completely solo his first double figure conger at 10lb 7. So we’ll chuffed for him and my youngest had one at just under 7 lb which again he bought to the net totally unaided. Very proud dad moments.
Would also like to say a huge thank you to the guy that helped me get and secure the 10lb eel in the net . Think we would have lost it without your help.

Over on the WEST the story was very similar but quite a few less fishing that side I guess most took advantage of the Easts 1st day open.

I will also add here a reminder about fish sizes as the subject was very quickly raised in the evening on one of the fishing groups (didnt take long eh) a concern about people keeping undersized fish , in this case conger straps that they felt were undersized.
Please 1st check the “size reg” page on this website for recommended sizes as posted by Sussex IFCA. Once you are sure of sizes and still concerned there are 2 options that are obvious.
You can either engage with the angler, a simple hello to your neighbour often works wonders as an ice breaker, have a chat with them, they may not even be aware there are controls in the UK as many other countries have no size limits.
Obviously a chat is the simplest route but not always a safe option so, if you are not comfy chatting with them please find a way to contact a warden.
A call to the shop can get them alerted, FB message myself (frank) or any of the marina group mods, Mark and Nick are on FB so there are ways to alert us to any issues.
I hate posts on FB complaining about something that happened once the person is home. By then it is too late and while letting the wardens know there may be a problem for them, 6+ hrs after it happened is too late to do anything about the problem. Please help us to help you, we cant sort an issue unless we know about it at the time.
Anyhooo thats it from me today, weather situations and changes will get posted as soon as I get the info so for now from me it is ADIEU
F

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