Yorkshire Coast Fishing
When fishing off the shore on the Yorkshire Coast anglers catch
mainly cod, bass, whiting, pollack, coalfish, wrasse, dabs,
thornback rays and mackerel. Boat anglers off the Yorkshire Coast
also target tope and ling. There are not as many cod caught off
the Yorkshire Coast as there used to be but the right place and
time can still bring a decent catch. The rock marks on the
Northern part of the Yorkshire Coast are probably best for cod.
Shore fishing is challenging and so it is important to
use the right technique at the right place and time. People are
particularly reticent about giving information about where and
when you can catch bass on the Yorkshire Coast. The truth is that
it is very difficult to catch them consistently even if you have a
lot of local knowledge. However bass can be caught but be prepared
to work at it.
Time of the day can also play a huge part and for most species the last few
hours of daylight into dusk are often best. First light is similarly effective.
Fishing on a night is also very effective . I would say you are maybe 5 times
more likely to catch cod in winter in the dark than in the daylight especially
if fishing on sand.
Approaching a period of big spring tides also gives an advantage as does the state of the tide. The problem here is some places are definitely better near high water such as Bridlington's South Pier (no water at all at low water) where as many rock places such as the end of Filey Brig are better near low water and many of the Holderness beaches (Bridlington to Spurn) often fish best around half tide. This is why it is so important to see when and where the locals are fishing and copy what they are doing (if they are catching!!!!).
A few generalities about the Yorkshire Coast but remember that
fish do not read text books so fish often break the "rules" and
anyway different marks have different "rules".
||Time of year
||almost all year
||Rocky and kelpy ground but also on sand in winter when
it has been rough.
||Crab is usually best on rock but other baits such as worm
mussel,squid and razorfish will often catch as a big cocktail bait.
Worm is best on sand in winter.
|Bass||June to September||Rock or sand wherever bass are caught!!
||Some use plugs if the water is reasonably clear but bait
also works and remember bass will happily feed in a foot of water. It
does not have to be deep. Dawn and dusk are the best bet.
|Mackerel||June to September||Deep water such as piers and Filey Brigg
||Spinners such as a dexter wedge or use a
string of feathers. I find the small Hokkais outfish
ordinary feathers maybe 5 to 1.
|Thornback rays||Summer and Autumn
||Fish baits but worm crab and squid will also
|Dabs||almost all year||Sand
||Almost all baits, maybe worm my favourite and
if a little smelly, fine. A lovely tasting fish to eat,
related to lemon sole.
||Almost all baits, maybe fish baits best.
After dark better as well.
|Pollack||July to November||Rough rock
||Spinners such as dexter wedges or feathers, shads and sandeels but also more traditional baits|
|Coalfish||almost all year||Rock and sand
||Almost all baits but they go for spinners and
feathers as well
|Wrasse||June to November||Rough rock||Almost all baits but i would bet on a worm
and squid cocktail.
Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when
near the sea and cliffs. Accidents are not common but can be fatal
(41 drowned in 6 years in the Uk while shore angling, usually
swept off rocks). Local knowledge is invaluable. Some venues are
far more dangerous than others but ultimately it is your
responsibility to think about possibilities and to take
appropriate measures to reduce risk, including just not fishing a
particular mark on a particular day. The MCA is suggesting you
should always wear a lifejacket when rock fishing.
Filey Brigg is one of many places on the Yorkshire Coast which can catch out the unwary. Deep water close to the shore allows very large waves to suddenly rear up and suck you off the rocks. I know of one angler who was but was wearing a full buoyancy suit (keep you warm as well), as many winter anglers do, and so was OK. There are also many places on the Yorkshire Coast where you can get cut off.