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Bristol Channel Fish Species

The Bristol Channel has the second highest rise and fall of tides anywhere in the world, the waters go from clear to silty brown, resulting in a huge variety of fish species.

The Cod season tends to start at the end of August and runs right through to the middle of May, although the best catches come when it is much colder between October and January, not only becuase it is cold but the Cod feed vigorously in preparation for spawning, then again in March and April which is generally known as the spring run of Cod.

Bass appear in number inshore from May onwards

All the rays, including thornback, blonde, spoteed and small eyed are resident most of year except during the coldest months.

When May arrives attention turns to smoothound and some good fish well into double figures are caught, also good sized huss, tope to 50lbs are also in numbers.

The wrecks further west are productive from June onwards giving quality pollack up to 18lbs.

 

Bristol Channel fishing seasons, best months to catch each species of fish in the Bristol Channel.

Species        January February March   April   May    June    July    August   September  October   November December
Whiting                        
Pouting                        
Cod                        
Bass                        
Pollack                        
Coalie                        
Ling                        
Spurdog                        
Bull Huss                        
Smoothhound                        
Tope                        
Blonde Ray                        
Thornback Ray                        
Spotted Ray                        
Small Eyed Ray                        
Conger Eels                        

 

Bristol Channel fishing bait

The most used bait in the bristol channel is worm and fish.
Fish baits especially need to be a fresh as you can possibly get, it does make a difference (except to doggies).
Lugworm (brown coloured blow lug and black lug)
Ragworm
Mackerel, Herring and Sprats
Squid
Peeler Crab
Sandeel
For cod and general species you'll not beat black lug or king rag baits, and make them big, at least 9ins long.
Squid works well both as a tipping bait, or whole for the bigger cod and bass.
Conger like a small pout or whiting. Edible and shore peeler crab is good for bass and smoothound over rough ground.
Frozen sandeel is the best bait for the small eyed and spotted rays, with mackerel and herring strips okay for tope, conger etc

Whiting
Pouting
Cod
Bass
Pollock
Coalie
Ling
Spurdog
Smoothhound
Tope
Thornback Ray
Blonde Ray
Small Eyed Ray
Spotted Ray
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