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Portland Fishing - West Cliff


The area from Hallelujah Bay to Portland Bill, locally known as West Cliff has many rocky marks worth fishing but due to the height of the cliffs and dangerous paths the advice of this website is not to attempt to fish this area. There are very few deep water marks and the ground is very broken and snaggy. The area around Blacknor Point and Mutton Cove is very good for large Conger and recently local charter boats have been coming in close following large shoals of herring. The area is also a popular spot for scuba divers so be careful.

To access the area wear good quality walking boots. The easiest access is to park near to the cliffs in Southwell on Reap Lane and take the farm track to the cliff edge. There is a path down to the sea opposite the track. It can be a bit of a scramble in places so be careful, make sure that you tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. The coastguard are often called out to search for people missing in this area.

Probably the best method to use here is float fishing although it is well worth using rotten bottom gear for the larger species such as Wrasse, Bass and Pollack. Night time will see some good sport with Conger and Huss.


A view along West Cliff from Southwell Business Park



West Cliff from Blacknor Fort



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