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Jersey - Our Guide to this great sea fishing destination!

Jersey Shore Fishing
Jersey is the place for me!

JerseyI have been visiting Jersey for 7 or 8 years and when I plan a return I dream of the possibilities that my visit will bring. The fishing potential that the island holds is vast & varied.

Whether it's beach, boat, pier or rock fishing that takes your fancy, Jersey can provide it.
My favourite form of sea fishing is from a boat. Therefore a major part of my holiday is spent with Tony Heart, owner of Anna II, a skipper for whom I have a great deal of respect. This is a man who knows the reefs, wrecks and sand banks that give Jersey its abundance of fishing. When the boat is not booked he spends time exploring and locating new grounds. Together we talk about trying new marks and I am seldom disappointed.
His knowledge of tides and fish behaviour is a very important factor in obtaining the several records, Jersey and British, that his boat holds.

A typical day out we may start catching bream, then move to conger on the reefs and then on to the sandbanks for blonde rays, or my particular favourite, small eyed rays, turbot and brill. At certain times of the year packs of tope move in and as many as thirty fish may be caught in one day.

To summarise, Jersey provides year round fishing. Huge bream shoals arrive in the spring, when up to 200, some weighing as much as 6lbs, may be caught in one session. Summer months provide us with varied fishing.. The winter brings large pollock, some over 20lbs, along with cod which reach over 30lbs. In the town of St Helier there is a wonderful fish market, JFS Sports is also close by. This tackle shop supplies fresh bait, all your tackle needs and information.

Many anglers, like myself, who visit the Island return again and again to enjoy all the fishing that Jersey has to offer. I can't wait to get my arms pulled once more.

Eric Scott
'The Anglers Den',
 Gillingham, Kent

Sunset over the rugged coastline of Corbiere.
Sunset over the rugged coastline of Corbiere.

Bonne Nuit Pier, well suited to younger anglers
Bonne Nuit Pier, well suited to younger anglers.

St. Catherine's Breakwater
St. Catherine's Breakwater

Superb Fishing in and around Jersey
A great specimen Anglerfish of 28lb!
 It's the Channel Islands record.

Super Cod Fihing offshore!
Great cod fishing offshore!

Shark Fishing
Shark fishing available too!

Charter Boat Fishing
Charter Boat Fishing

JerseyTo get more information on what Jersey has to offer the angler why not give us at Kings Angling Holidays a call on
01708 453053

Jersey offers some spectacular year round sport, whether it is onboard a charter boat, on one of the beautiful beaches, off a pier or with a fly, one thing is for sure there is something here for everyone! As you may have already read, our skipper is very experienced and always helps the anglers have great days out fishing!

Jersey has about 45 miles of coastline and just about every imaginable type of shore line, from flat sandy beaches to towering cliffs. We start this guide with the main beaches.

St. Aubin
This flat, open expanse of sand is the nearest beach to the town. The beach is fished mostly on spring highs which occur mornings and evenings but can also produce on selected lows. This venue is convenient for the less athletic as it may be fished from the back of the car. Most favoured areas include; 2nd lay-by, Bel Royal slipway and Gunsite Cafe. Target species; bass with the occasional flatfish.

St. Ouen's Bay
This is the Islands premier surf beach and as such fishing is slightly hampered by surfing activities. The good side is that this beach fishes best when the conditions are at their worst for surfing, so that both disciplines may enjoy the beach without getting in each others way. This is primarily a bass venue, and local advice should be sought before any serious attempt to fish is made. The best results come from the bays extremities when the weather is calm. The best bait is worm. Do not fish among the rocks at low water without local guidance, the tidal range is large and extremely dangerous!

The Royal Bay of Grouville
This is a very complex area to fish, visiting anglers will achieve the best results fishing the northern end of the bay nearer to Gorey. Most anglers target bass, though one or two flatfish turn up. Worm baits are best but the resulting catch will usually be small. Large fish are not common in the bay but are worth a try for. Low water rising is the prime time, but be prepared to walk rapidly backwards as one hour after stated low the tide rushes over the flat sand. The south of the bay should only be fished with local guidance. Fishing two hours each side of high tide produces a run of fish from the sea wall along the entire bay and is generally safe.

Portelet Bay
Portelet Bay


This is the Islands most popular form of fishing, with several species obliging... and results can be good in daylight. All year round there is dogfish, Pollack, pouting and the occasional conger. With the coming of spring and summer, many more species move in, such as wrasse, mackerel, garfish, black bream, mullet and several rays.

St. Helier HarbourSt. Helier Harbour
There are some restrictions on fishing around the Marina area due to security reasons. Please observe these fully, otherwise most places are fishable. Avoid the working areas during the daytime for your own safety, these places do not fish until night time anyway. Target species will depend on the area of the harbour being fished. Mullet are found tucked away in the quieter places around the outer harbour, small wrasse will be plentiful at the ends of the two main piers. Evenings will see plenty of small pouting, pollock and on occasion bream. Bas visit infrequently though those that arrive are usually of specimen size. The Albert Pier know locally for its morning 'Bacon Rolls' and is a prime site for junior anglers. There is easy access to the water and it is fishable at all stages of the tide.

Bonne Nuit Pier
Another favourite venue, for younger anglers, is the pier end, which is fishable without casting. Most fish come from the back wall and best bait is worm. Target species are during the daytime are; wrasse, pollock, mackerel, garfish and flatfish, the evening high water may see a bream or two, Dogfish are ever present too.

Bouley Bay Pier
Similar fishing to Bonne Nuit Pier can be expected, with the addition of conger at night. This venue is not as easy to fish as Bonne Nuit due to its much rockier nature. It is best avoided during evening high water, in summer, as our continental cousins crowd here to fish for scad.

St. Catherine's Breakwater
This is Jersey's premier fishing venue, much written about & often the only one recommended by the Tourist Authority. Success will mostly elude the casual angler as it is difficult place to fish successfully. The ground is extremely rocky and tide very strong but can produce if following guidelines are used.... Bottom fishing, fish the slack water period on the Back Wall, this occurs from half an hour after high tide until the low. The end of the Back Wall slack is approximately 3 hours each side of low water. Spinning and float fishing are usually most successful two hours each side of high water. Target species - just about every type of fish in the Jersey record book has come from the Back Wall though for the visitor summer species the main attraction. The are bream, rays, pollock, mackerel, garfish, wrasse and conger eels. There are also many dogfish. Best baits for bream are worm, squid and razor fish. For pollock, mackerel and garfish use worm, mackerel or garfish strip. The best wrasse hookbait is worm or crab, for conger and rays use fish strip, squid, sand eel and small whole fish.

This newly publicised branch of the sport has been practised for several years in Jersey. Fly rods are becoming an accepted part of the sea anglers armoury. The Island has several venues ideally suited to this discipline with the Royal Bay of Grouville being the easiest to fish. The centre and southern end of the bay are usual venues; the northern end can be too crowded with bathers and windsurfers for successful sport. Best time of year is late summer. Recommended tackle would be a #7-8 rod and a sink-tip or slow sinking line. Use a 10lb tip with any of the modern saltwater flies that take your fancy, with sand eel imitations a preference. The best sport would be obtained by contacting a local, fly fishing practitioner as tidal and weather conditions play a major part. Extra care should be taken when beach fishing, particularly at low water, as tidal range is extreme.
Jersey has two charter boats and both operate all year round The skippers, Tony Heart and David Nuth, are full time professional anglers and offer good value for money. A variety of trips are available with basic tackle and bait supplied, although for wrecking trips anglers are expected to have their own gear. In all cases please make arrangements with Kings Angling Holidays office at time of booking.  Be sure to let our experienced staff know what you would like to fish for and we will point you to meet your goals!
Jersey boasts some of the best inshore sport fishing in Europe. This is because Jersey has an extremely rocky coastline, the largest tides and one of the best conservation policies in the British Isles. If possible fish with a local angler. If you want to take your own dingy, seek guidance in advance. Contact the Harbour Authorities regarding necessary permissions and insurance.
There are two day-ticket waters on the island. Millbrook and Dannemarche reservoirs are fishable for:- Seniors and Juniors. No pike are to be found in the reservoirs. There are ground bait restrictions. Species present are roach, rudd, bream, carp, tench and perch. More information is available from the Jersey Freshwater Angling Association.

There are two day ticket waters; Queen's Valley and Val de la Mare.  At the time of writing, no fish are to be returned to the water.  There are both brown and rainbow trout with the occasional landlocked salmon.

Recommended is a #7-8 with fast sinker for the early season.  Later a medium sinker, progressing to dry fly techniques in the warmer part of the summer. Choose standard reservoir pattern flies; a preference for green thorax and green tails, also anything big and black/silver.