Weymouth Fishing Trips

Come Fishing
On the Weymouth Charter Boat Meerkat

The Charter Boat 'Meerkat'

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> Fishing Trips

Lets Go Reef Fishing

The most popular style of fishing that we do is reef fishing,

Reef fishing is carried out inshore which means we don’t have so far to travel which in turn means we get more fishing time and burn less fuel, therefore reef fishing trips cost less than our other options,

Although we use the term “Reef Fishing” in fact it does also cover our Inshore Wreck fishing trips and our Sandbank fishing trips, They are all classed as “inshore” and are subsequently all priced the same.

So let’s break down the various forms or styles of fishing available to us on a reef fishing trip,

We basically have two types of Reef and Sandbank fishing, they are:

  • Anchored Fishing.
  • Drift Fishing.

Anchored fishing

This is a very relaxed style of fishing, we can bait up our tackle and just sit and watch the rod tip whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea, or for the more enthusiastic amongst us we can target the black bream that strike at our baits with lightning speed such that if we blinked we would miss the bites and end up with completely bare hooks..

Typical terminal tackle for anchored fishing would be paternoster rigs for the bream and whiting or running ledger rigs for a variety of other species including Tope, Bull Huss, Conger Eels etc..


Drift Fishing

Fishing on the drift is carried out for certain species such as Flatfish like Plaice, Turbot and Brill, and occasionally for Mackerel, Herring, Cod and others,Typical tackle for drift fishing would be running ledger rigs, feathers and paternoster rigs, TackleTackle Hire is available.

Terminal Tackle (Rigs) can be divided into two categories,

Ones that present a bait on the seabed

Ones that present a bait off the seabed 

The most popular of those used to place a bait on the sea bed is the running ledger rigrunleger.jpg

The Running Leger Rig

The running ledger rig has many permutations from simple one hook rigs as shown in the diagram to multi hook wishbone rigs (used when drifting for Plaice) but its effect is always to keep the bait hard onto or very close to the seabed, 

These rigs come into there own when deployed for catching flatfish and when rigged with spoons and beads they are very effective for targeting Plaice,

The Paternoster RigThe Paternoster Rig

The Paternoster rig on the other hand is designed to keep a bait off the seabed,

this can be very effective when targeting such species as Black Bream, Pollack, Bass and Mackerel to name but a few,Species that find there food by smell will be most attracted to a bait presented on the Running Ledger rig and conversely species that hunt for food by sight will be more attracted to the Paternoster rig, Of those that present a bait off the seabed the most popular is the Paternoster rig,

There are a bewildering array of commercially tied Paternoster rigs available from your local tackle shops ranging from humble Mackerel feathers to some exquisitely tied competitions rigs from specialist manufacturers,

If you are planning to tie your own rigs then I would recommend that you spend a couple of hours sitting at home in the comfort of your favourite armchair to carry out the task, spend a few extra pence on good quality gear and keep everything as neat as possible,

In the case of Paternoster rigs one golden rule should be adhered to and that is "Make sure that when the rig is suspended vertically, The hooks cannot touch each other"; "the lead" or the "main line connecting swivel", 

If when you test them, you find that they do touch then shorten the hook snoods until they don't, If you fail to adhere to this rule your gear will end up constantly tangled and catching nothing!

Keeping your rigs as neat and simple as possible serves two purposes, Firstly, they will be less likely to tangle or break under strain,

Secondly, they will create less drag to the tide and subsequently will require less lead to maintain bottom contact,

If you are planning to buy some Paternoster rigs, Here are a few examples including my own personal favourite the "Blitzer" rig manufactured by tackle giants Shakespeare Tackle Co.

The Blitzer

The Blitzer

Red Variant

Red Variant