Fishing near Mulberry Cottage

The shore from Whitecliff to Bembridge is mainly a rock formation with stretches of shingle and is good ground for Bass and Conger although it is not fished a great deal. Other species to be caught include Pout, Ling, Bream, Dogfish, Turbot, Brill, Pollock, Skate and Ray. Bembridge Harbour is a wide inlet with fine flat sand on either shore and a very strong tide in the narrowest part of the entrance. St Helens on the opposite bank has a sea wall, Cafe, Toilets and parking. To the north of the harbour the ground turns rocky again and can produce Wrasse and Bass, some large. Many large Mullet can be seen amongst the rocks on the flood but are seldom fished for.

Fishing off the wall at St. Helens Duver or in the harbour from the Bembridge side is generally best on the flood and can produce some good catches of Flounder and Silver Eels. Use a baited spoon or wander tackle for Flounder and Plaice, a nylon paternoster or running leger rig for the Eels with size 2 to 1/0 Aberdeen hooks.

Best baits are ragworm for the Flounders and ragworm or crab for the Eels.
On either side of the harbour the two rocky areas, one to the north of St. Helens and the other eastwards towards the lifeboat station can produce Wrasse, Mullet and Bass, some large. Heavier tackle is recommended for these - use Viking or similar hooks size 2/0 to 4/0 baited with crab or ragworm for Wrasse and 4/0 or 6/0 with a large crab or fish bait for Bass and light float tackle with maggot or bread for the Mullet.