Hampshire & Isle of Wight
Charter boat angling in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight offers a great variety of fishing with the inland fishery of The Solent and the offshore English Channel marks around the Island.
The Solent is normally fished by boats from Southampton and Hamble with boats from other ports taking advantage of its sheltered waters when the weather is just to bad to make the off shore marks.
The fish species found on this ground range from Flounder, Place, Sole and Thornback Ray to Cod, Smooth Hound, Bass, Pouting and the ever present Dog Fish along with many surprises.
It is also a great spot for private boats to fish in relative safety and giving young budding skippers to gain experience.
The Channel marks around the southern coast of the Island from the Needles to the Nab offer every kind of deep sea fishing, with the Needles hosting the annual British Cod Championship every November and fished on the Spoils Ground.
The Needles and surrounding area has a very flat sea bed but Congers and Bass are caught in good numbers throughout the year along with many other species.
There are a good many wrecks and Reefs a bit further out all supporting lots of fish.
Just off of the most southerly point of the Island ‘St Catherine’s Point’ is a deep gully (The St Catherine’s Hole) which can only be fished on the smallest tides, even then with a two pound weight being necessary but it can produce some supper Tope during the summer months.
Moving a little further east and a bit further off shore are some huge gravel banks that are home to some rather large Blond Rays and big Bass.
During the autumn and early winter large Cod come in to spawn all around the Island while the summer offers some great Sharking when the Porbeagles turn up along with some good size Tope.
These same fish are also found yet further east around the Nab Tower which has The Overfalls, Nab Banks and the Utopia fishing grounds. The Overfalls and Utopia are rough ground marks and the Nab Banks are more like those off of St Catherine’s.
On the inshore marks you will find plenty of Place and Flounder try Shanklin and Sandown on the Island coast and you will also find them along the Southsea Sea front and the beach of Hayling Island.
One other type of fishing that is catching on in a big way is fly fishing for Bass in the Eastern Solent near the famous old forts.
Charter Boats are plentiful and operate from Keyhaven, Lymington, Yarmouth (IOW) Southampton, Hamble, Gosport, Portsmouth, Langston Harbour and Hayling Island.
Indeed Hampshire and the Island of Wight is a great place to fish, I should know having fished these waters for almost forty years.