Early customers are requested to wait outside of the square so as not to disturb residents who live in the flats above the square. Once the shop is open customers will be welcomed into the square.
The west wall closes at 7pm MON AND TUES, Night fishing wed,thurs,fri,sat and sun
Anglers please start to pack up at 6.30pm to allow warden to close on time
WALL OVERCROWDING :- please note wall spaces are strictly controlled for
ANGLERS ONLY AND ALL ON THE LOWER LEVEL MUST HAVE A VALID TICKET even those NOT FISHING All must have a VALID PERMIT/TICKET .
If you must fish with a non angler EXPECT TO BE CHARGED ACCORDINGLY. Lower levels of both walls are strictly anglers only and everyone WILL be charged accordingly, please help us comply with COVID regulations and spacing , thank you
How to find the West wall
Access to the west wall is either by the sea front west of the Volks railway station carpark or via the marina and Asda car park. In the corner of Asda carpark is the marina carwash and a tunnel access out of the marina to the beach. Go through and immediately turn left and left doing a “U” turn onto the path accessing the west wall. It’s a walk of a couple of minutes for the younger generation or 5+ for the more elder of users.
Covid 19 restrictions
With ongoing restrictions due to covid 19 both lower wall levels for fishing are under some restrictions. On the east wall it is currently ANGLERS ONLY AND a MAX of 4 to a bay, ALL MUST HOLD A VALID TICKET EVEN IF NOT FISHING. The duty warden has the discretion to allow household members to share a bay subject to current covid rules set by the government. The east wall is strictly no visitors during this period. Current spacing guidance is 1 meter and for customer safety Dave has decided to maintainA MAX OF 4 PEOPLE TO A BAY.
Fishing the wall
How do you pay and how much is is ? Wall fees are collected by a duty warden, They wear a green “marina warden” jacket and carry id. Wall fees are shown below, while there is no night fishing at the moment we hope this will change soon. So best to start with some wall rules.
- Supermarket Trollies or marina barrows not permitted to be used.
- No BBQ’s or open fires,
- small gas burners are permitted
- U14 Must be accompanied at all times
- Night fishing(when permitted), U18’s Must be with an Adult
- No casting inside or Pendulum casting
- No running
- No climbing on fences, wires or front wall
- Alcohol , please in moderation.. NO GLASS BOTTLES
- Currently no tents
- please check the legal sizes guides
- Shelters permitted at warden discretion in adverse weather conditions
We ask all visitors to respect others, moderate any music volumes, to be respectful to others around them. Drinking is allowed but please within reasonable limits. And please take all litter with you, skip bins are provided at the ends of both walls.
Duty wardens and issues on the wall
Every day there will be a duty warden (nights included when allowed to open) Wardens are there not only to collect money and issue wall fishing permits but to also ensure wall safety for all visitors.
They will often offer advice and directions on the walls. Wardens may ask to check catches to ensure legal sizes are being adhered to (see size regs page) or simply give some tips on what to fish for or with.
Any problems for visitors should be directed towards the wardens or if not available visitors should ring the shop (01273 696477) for guidance. Often a swift resolution can be found or the duty warden can be notified and sent to assist.
Please respect our wardens, they are there to help and guide visitors, and while issues do arise that may need intervention we have a zero tolerance policy towards abuse of our wardens and shop staff.
A ticket is valid for a minimum of 8 hours and a maximum of 12 hours
A 6-6 session being the maximum of 12 hours
Non anglers on lower level when permitted will be charged £5.00
Adults £5.00 A Rod or £6.00 for 2 Rods Per Person
Juniors £3.00 A rod or £4.00 for 2 Rods Per Person
Seniors £3.00 A rod or £4.00 for 2 Rods Per Person
Handlines and bait nets £2.00
Please note at night any under 18’s MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Lets fish the west wall
So the most common question answered , what can I expect to catch on the wall ? There is no quick answer, weather, winds, general conditions and even what bay you are on can make big or subtle differences. I will list some species but leave it to you to figure if they were summer or winter catches and will begin with a note for junior interests then move onto bay one.
Occupying the juniors
Juniors should stay with adults at all times , the age allowed on the wall unsupervised is 14 and if night fishing 18. Catches for juniors with light gear can be found literally down the side or V’s where the wired posts are. Many a micro species can be found on most bays ranging from small scorpion fish to blennies, pout, rockling sprats and crabs. Light lines down the side can occupy even the smallest on the wall
Bays 1-5 The beginning
So here we are on the lowest numbers on the west wall. These are the least snaggy of all the west wall bays but not snag free. Catches here are often bass & and most likely flatfish close in are flounders. Plaice, eels crabs and mullet are not unusual here.
Bays 5-10 the lower bays
These like 1-5 are cleanish & gradually go from cleanish to rough & rocky quite rapidly. As a result it they can be popular with west wall regulars for a few reasons. Plaice and sole are common catches here and the bays can often avoid the mayhem that spider crabs cause. The higher numbers in this section attract bream anglers as the sand patches give way to the west wall rocky dominance. Wrasse, eels, mullet and plenty of micro species will be found here.
Bays 10-15 mid wall towards the curve
In summer these bays and above get super busy, especially over high tides. Mackerel season can be chaotic ! The west also gets busy fast as it is the closest wall to the multi carpark allowing for an in & out fast for those just wanting a few summer fish quickly. Wrasse and bream dominate this area close in to the wall, or as said , straight down the side.
These bays are super snaggy and known as a tackle graveyard for good reason . Check your lines & rigs and carry spares. Assume this wall with steal gear from you every visit. Plaice are often ad distance and rays are common at night,(one blonde went 15+lb) Summer hounds & tope have been known and the west is a good spot for seasonal squid and cuttlefish.
Bays 16-24 up to the tower block
These bays in the summer can get extremely busy, especially when the mackerel “are in”. They do have something that the rest of the bays on both walls don’t have and that is 2 dedicated “FLOAT/LURE” bay. Restrictions on these during the covid situation have been relaxed to allow anyone to fish them normally.
FLOAT BAYS WEST
The last 2 bays AND THE CORNER BIT are designated float AND SINGLE LURE bays. Under normal fishing times these are enforced to maintain a tackle free environment. If you fish the bottom here you will be asked to move. Please do not set up with the idea that “you will move if someone shows up” This area is not for bottom fishing so please respect other anglers that may wish to fish an area that is being kept free of lost gear.
These bays like most of the west wall are very rough ground and will produce decent bream, bass and eels. less plaice in front of these bays than the rest of the wall in general.
The toilet block and extension
At the end of the main section of the west wall is some fixed gates and the Toilet block. Yes there is actually a toilet in the Toilet block ! These gates are usually opened in the summer for overspill or when busy kept open for all anglers to use the extension area to fish from.
One proviso the marina require for having the extension open is that the end section is supervised at all times. As a result it is not open all the time and usually only during daylight hours.
When night fishing is allowed the Extension can be opened to groups of anglers by arrangement through the shop direct or via Dave.
So what to expect on the extension ? Well it is similar to the upper level of the west in that it is very rocky & will happily take tackle from you with little effort. Large baits tend to be the norm at night & bream & wrasse the main target during the day. Plaice , rays red mullet , bass Mullet and gar are frequently caught here as well as squid & cuttlefish when “in season”.
I have deliberately not mentioned mackerel on the pages simply because when they arrive it is telegraphed to the world & simply put, anywhere on the marina can become a mackerel spot.