Portland is one of the top spots for sea fishing in all of the UK. There are so many coves and rocky outcroppings that attract a wide variety of fish not forgetting the 18 miles of Chesil Beach. Competitions are often held on Portland, both national and international, confirming the quality of the area for sea fishing. There are a large number of areas to fish around Portland and I will highlight some of the more popular areas below.
Church Ope Cove is mainly a summer venue although some Sole can appear in the Autumn. There is parking close by and after a hard day's fishing a "challenging" walk back up. The beach has some sandy parts but is mostly pebble. A wide variety of fish can be caught here depending on the time of day or night that you fish. Pollock, Bass, Wrasse, Garfish, Scad, Gad, Sole, Mackerel, Smoothound, Dogfish and Pout can all be caught from Church Ope.
Between Southwell and Portland Bill is the area known as the ledges, essentially a series of rock outcrops that are great for fishing. The area provides both good float and lure fishing. Mullet, Garfish, Basse, Pollack, Wrasse and Conger can all be caught here.
Portland Bill is probably the best fishing on Portland. If you like your species large then this is the place with large Wrasse and Bass and at night the opportunity to fight congers of up to 50lbs. You can use legering, float or spinning gear at the Bill so you should never have a dull moment. Species available are Mackerel, Garfish, Pollack, Bass, Wrasse, Mullet and even Red Scorpion fish.
Chesil Cove and Chesil Beach also offer excellent fishing with easy access. All species can be caught here and 20lb Cod and the British record Rockling have been caught from Chesil Cove. You won't be short of company alomg Chesil Beach so you can always tap into some local knowledge if it is your first time in the area.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the fishing grounds on Portland but if you need a comprehensive guide head over to Portland Fishing. Of course, if the idea of standing on the shore is not your thing, then you can always put on your wetsuit and go into the water spearfishing instead! There are also a large number of fishing boats available to hire to take you further out to sea and some more excellent fishing. There are fishing shops available in Weymouth and Wyke Regis for new gear or bait.