The Solent Fishing Guide




The Wessex Specimen Group

The wessex specimen group was formed in November 2003 by Jay Bowditch and Paul Thomas who have spent many years fishing in the wessex region. It was felt that there was a shortfall in clubs who cater for specimen anglers and match anglers and so have now introduced a club with there own specimen award scheme and twelve shore fixtures a year. Although the WSG is based in Southampton the group welcomes members from the whole Wessex region and keeps in touch with its members via the web and newsletter sent every other month.

The WSG has a revised specimen award scheme with its own sizes for every UK region including the channel islands. Each claim must be produced with at least one witness of capture and a photograph before a certificate will be issued and entered into our specimen league. Any claims above NFSA specimen sizes will automatically entered into that scheme.

Our shore competitions are held on venues from the westerly fringes of West Sussex through to the steep shelving beaches of Dorset`s Chesil beach. The wide variety of venues allows a very mixed approach to members technique. From flounders, eels and mullet in the Solent's estuary's to whiting, rays and codling on the open beaches makes our league a great challenge to even the most experienced anglers. Competitions are fished on a six hour basis and entrance fees are £7 plus £1 optional pool. We permit the use of one rod and three hooks fishing to NFSA minimum size limits.

You can become a valued member of the WSG for the annual fee of £10 payable in January or join for a part year at a reduced rate. Whilst not essential, it is preferred that prospective members are already attached to the NFSA through individual or personal membership.

Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.

Elmore Angling Club

We are an N.F.S.A. affiliated club for people interested in Sea Angling located in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. We have a membership of over 200 and have members from all over the Solent area, including Gosport and Fareham as well as some members from further afield. We organise matches for both Beach and Boat fishing and also have a junior section who have their own matches. We also have our own club house, situated right on the sea-front and a large boat compound where members can store their boats with a slipway. The club house is located adjacent to the public car park on Marine Parade East, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Marine Parade East
PO13 9BJ

Tel: 023 9255 2455

Poole Bay Small Boat Angling Club

 Poole’s only club dedicated to small boat angling.

 We are a small club established to promote safety at sea and small boat angling. We have in excess of 110 members with 70 boats. Members keep their boats on trailers, swinging moorings and pontoon berths. Boat sizes range from small outboard driven dinghies up to a maximum length of 35’. The club aims to cater for the needs of sea anglers fishing from small boats within Club waters that extend from St Catherine’s Point in the East to Portland Bill in the West.

We hold regular club meetings, competitions, social events and an annual open BYOB competition usually held during November. Club meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at the Parkstone Trades and Labour Club Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset.

Membership of the Club currently costs just £12 per annum

If you feel that this club could be useful to you please contact an information pack will be emailed or visit our website at





We are a friendly sea angling club based on the edge of the New Forest in Marchwood, Hampshire. At present we have around 25 members. We run a league for juniors, ladies and of course the gents. Like most clubs we run monthly competitions, at various locations along the south coast! The main prizes at the end of the season are for heaviest fish, most species, junior champion, ladies champion, mens champion, heaviest Cod and most species caught throughout the season.
If you would like any more information on are club or would like to take part in one of our monthly competitions, then feel free to contact me :

John Rushmer                  Tel: 023 80 848156

  Bells Of Hythe Shore Angling Club

Hello and welcome to Bells Of Hythe Shore Angling Club.

We are operating a club to bring anglers together to fish in 12 “pegged-open” style beach  fishing competitions throughout 2008. There is no fee to join the club, no membership costs and no running fees; it is simply free to be a member of BOHSAC. We do have a £10 match entry fee with a £1 optional pool for biggest fish and 100% of the entry fees are paid out on the beach for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place.

If you do manage to come in the top 5 places you will also get points to match your place on a formula one style scoring system. The top 5 anglers at the end of the year will receive prizes from our sponsors Abu Garcia at an end of year prize giving function/meal.

Here is a list of some of the venues that we intend to fish.

Lepe , HytheHurst , Milford , Pagham , Southbourne , Burton Bradstock, Chesil , Abbotsbury.

If you are interested in the club then contact Alan Shergold on the details below.

Alan Shergold
10, New Road,
Hythe, Southampton ,
SO45 6BP

Tel/Mob: 02380 842065 or 07880 736000.



Gosport and District Angling Club

We are a long established Angling Club (Founded 1949) with our clubhouse on the shore at Stokes Bay over looking the Solent. We have a Boat Section which hold 10 competitions, and a Beach Section which holds 18 competitions throughout the year. We also have a Junior Section that meets on a Tuesday Evening and are currently looking for new members, so if you are interested pop along to the club on a Tuesday Evening. All other prospective members are welcome to pop in the club on a Friday Evening for a drink and a chat you are most welcome.

Website :

Email :

Tel : 02392 584541

South Coast Rockhoppers S.A.C

The club has been running for the last 12 years. Our current membership is 15, but we would like to see it up around the 20 mark. Members are from the Portsmouth/Southampton area and are a friendly bunch with no primadonnas - well maybe one or two! We have monthly comps, mainly on Saturday nights with venues picked from anywhere from Pagham in the east to Chesil in the west. Most of our rules are to NSFA, although we are no longer affiliated. We use a points system for scoring over NFSA size limits.

   Contact : John Sunderland on 07710 903049 or 02392 369303

Stamshaw Lake Angling Club

Established in 1968 our Clubhouse is situated at the end of Ranelagh Rd, Stamshaw. Facilities include; a tidal mooring area for boats up to 8 meters, limited compound space for trailered boats with additional space for boat maintenance and dinghy storage. Monthly Club meetings are held, along with monthly boat and shore competitions. Recently a growing Carp fishing section has also been formed with arranged events. The Clubhouse has a fully licensed bar with social events regularly held, for those who do not fish Social Membership is available. The Clubhouse is available for hire for Private Functions.

Members of the Angling Trust

 For further membership details please contact the Clubhouse

Ranelagh Rd, Stamshaw, PO2 8HA.

Tel: 023 9269 5633

Fountain Lake Angling Club
Whale Island Way

Tel: 023 9265 2446

If you'd like your club details listed here, please let me know.


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