VMO Guide to the marks of the Bristol Channel
Fancy a days fishing in the Bristol Channel?
Listed below are a few of the popular local marks with details of how to get there and what you may catch.
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The Bristol Channel is subject to the second highest tidal range in the world and therefore a degree of care is needed on some marks. Fishing at high tide is normally fine but if you fish some of the low tide marks you must be fully aware of the rising tide and ensure that you exit is not cut off by the incoming tide.
The upper channel marks are particularly dangerous and we would not recommend venturing out on to any of the mud banks and sand bars without expert local guidance.
Fancy a day on Chesil? The VMO Chesil calander helps you to know what you may expect to catch.
Exit the M48 at Junction 1. Take the A403 (Severn Beach) and after approx 1/4 of a mile turn right. This minor road takes you towards the sea before bending to the left and running parallel to the shore. The easiest place to park is just as the road turns back in-land. Access to the foreshore is through the gate and then walk across the fields to the sea. Fishing is anywhere between the bridges but be prepared to get a bit muddy! Many local anglers choose a small sharp hook such as the Varivas Saltwater Super Match to cover all bases at Aust. IMPORTANT - There are some low water spots in the Aust area but these can be extremely dangerous and we would advice leaving well alone unless you are fishing with a local who has considerable experience of the area.
Tides:Medium sized tides offer the best fishing but very large tides are best avoided as they push too far up the grass. Best times are 1 1/2 hours either side of high water.
Species:Codling, flounder, sole, eels, whiting, conger, mullet and occassional bass.
From the motorway take Junction 1 on the M48. Take the A403 (Severn Beach). Follow signs to the Sea Front, approx. 4 miles from junction 1. Alternatively follow the coast road northwards from Avonmouth. Reasonably comfortable fishing from the sea wall means that this is a popular mark especially on autumn evening tides when some good bags of codling can be taken. Varivas Big Mouth hooks in a size 1-3/0 will handle any cod you are likely to encounter here. New Passage is the area of sea wall to the north of the second severn crossing and can be reached by either walking up from Severn Beach or Parking in the small Village of Redwick (signposted off of the Severn Beach road). Parking in the village is limited so please be considerate with where you park. Fishing is much the same as Severn Beach.
TIDES:Fish on spring tides 2 hours either side of high water.
SPECIES:Codling, flounder, eels, whiting, conger, mullet and bass.