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Sea Fishing at Scarborough

Sea Fishing at Scarborough

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Includes angling from the piers, Marine Drive and beaches, (commonly called rock angling, in the area) and boat fishing.

Rock Angling:

**Fishing is not allowed into harbour entrance and anglers should always ensure that they do not cast in the direction of harbour traffic.

(a) West Pier
Suitable for 'new' anglers and children. Fishing on to mainly sandy bottom. The main catches are billet, codling, with whiting and mackerel in season.

(b) East Pier
Fishing out to sea is mainly on to rocky bottom, with a lot of 'tangles' weed in parts. The yield of fish is basically the same as for the West Pier, but there is a chance of more and bigger codling from this pier.
Note: Casting is not allowed on a 200-ft. section of this Pier immediately opposite the Lighthouse Pier, eastern extremity.

(c) Marine Drive
It is possible to fish parts of the Marine Drive at low or high water; it would be advisable to go down at low tide to check the best fishing areas. Fishing is on to rocky bottom and 'tangles'. You must be prepared t lose not only hooks and weights, but also line when fishing from the area particularly to the south of the Drive. A stretch from the North Bay Corner to the putting green fishes well on to mainly sandy bottom at high water.

(d) Beaches
Fishing from the sands either in the North or South Bays can yield billet, codling, flatfish, whiting and mackerel and is better at low tide.

Boat Angling:

Boats for fishing trips can be hired from the harbour and the man at the helm usually knows his inshore fishing. Hand-line tackle and bait, also rods, are normally included in the charge. Trips lengths vary, and can be personalized per group by prior arrangement.


For rock angling the recommended tackle is a 12-ft beach caster and/or multiplier with reel line of at least 30lb with fixed spool reel, i.e. 10lb line/oz of lead. B.S. for ground fishing. Lighter tackle can be used of course, particularly when float fishing or spinning for mackerel and billet.


Baits, both for rock and boat angling are mostly mussel and lugworm and are usually available from local tackle dealers. 'Peeler' or soft crab is a very good bait during summer months when fishing for codling or large flatfish, but will involve you in personal search and collection from beneath weed and rocks towards low water mark, but can be purchased from local tackle shops.
Fishing Tackle shops:

G.B. Angling,119 Upper Victoria Road. Tel: 01723 365000
Cozzo's, 60A Quay Street. Tel: 01723 507501

1. There is no fee payable for rock angling all along the Yorkshire coast.

2. Tide tables are available from tackle dealers , the Harbour Office or from the Tourist Information Bureau on 01723 383636.

There are various fishing trips including the following:

'Skylark Fishing Trips' run from the slipway outside the Golden Ball on the South Bay & give both fishing enthusiasts & beginners the chance to experience the pleasure of a traditional seaside pastime. Long & short trips are available, rods & bait are provided. To book, please call Brian on 07812 373 636 or Nick Gough on 07939 025881

'Bramblewick' - Wreck/Reef/Ground Fishing Trips. Sailing daily from Scarborough on 3 to 12 hours trips. Rods and bait available onboard. Fully licensed and insured. Individuals and parties welcome. Hot & cold drinks. Code of practice (20miles).
Contact Carl for more details and booking information. Tel: 07704 661745 or 01723 354409. Email:

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Scarborough Harbour,
YO11 1PD



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Map reference: TA 049886  Lat: 54.28314 Long: -0.38995

By Road:
On approach to Scarborough head for railway station. From station turn left onto Northway. At traffic light turn ight onto Victoria Road. Continue down here through 2 sets of traffic lights and straight across roundabout. After roundabout take the 1st turning right down Queen Street. At bottom of Queen Street turn left. Follow road down hill to traffic lights and turn left.
Harbour is on the right.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Scarborough station


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