Cumbria and Isle of Man Fishing

Resident sea anglers are not numerous and the bulk of those fishing the shoreline travel in from Lancashire. They find it well worthwhile for the Cumbrian coast has an autumn cod run.

The Barrow-in-Furness and Walney Island area produces bass of quality from May to September and although catches are inconsistent they include fish to over 10 lb. The offshore ground is well stocked with thornback, tope and flatfish in season.

Beaches from Haverigg to Silecroft offer shallow water fishing which means either long distance casting or locating the marginally deeper gullies closer inshore into which the cod move.

Northward from Silecroft increasing amounts of rock and stone occur and this provides inshore cover and feeding facilities for the fish – which in turn means distance casting is less important. Drigg is one of the best beaches.

Cod can be caught at all stations north but the best results come immediately after an onshore wind (from the west) has coloured the sea.

The Cumbrian coast produces some excel-lent bass through the summer, starting in May. Kirksanton and White Rock on the Millom side of Duddon Sands, Gutterby, Silecroft and Sea-scale have produced bass into double figures.

Duddon Sands itself is a flatfish haven but long-lining has reduced the stock. Plaice and flounder are the primary species here and they can be taken from the deep water channel bet-ween the shoreline and the main expanse of sand.

Whitehaven pier is arguably the best cod spot. Winter fishing has produced two fish over 30 lb. In recent years.

Boat fishing is spasmodic due to limited facilities but anglers who have trailed their dinghies to Cumbria report excellent tope fishing with individual catches running into double figures during the summer. Thornback and other ray are also prolific as little as a mile offshore.

Winter boat fishing is extremely limited or there would be some outstanding cod catches, especially in the St Bees Head area.

The Isle of Man offers outstanding fishing for many species. It has never yet been fully documented or publicised but many of the primary species are found there in large numbers.

Cod, for example, are taken on the drift, boat fishing out of Douglas along the south-east coastline through the summer. Bass show along the northern coast and the Peel area can be expected to produce more common skate in the coming years.

The Isle of Man was once acknowledged as an outstanding prospect for giant common skate. Fish over 200 lb. Have been taken and a revival of interest could see a repeat of earlier catch rates.

The headlands provide excellent wrasse fishing and pollack too, with the best of the pollack located in and around the area between the Calf of Man and the mainland.

At the moment the island lacks sufficient boats to cater for large numbers of anglers but trends are to eradicate this flaw and once more boats go into service the island’s fishing is bound to reveal catches of high quality.

Barrow in Furness

Shore fishing marks at Foulney Island causeway and Roa Island causeway for bass, cod, dab, flounder, mackerel, plaice, silver eel, tope and whiting. The Stone Jetty, opposite Roa Island Hotel, is a particularly productive spot for bass, cod, flounder, tope and whiting. Boat fishing off Piel Island is also worthwhile. Best local bait is crab from the rocks on Roa Island.


Good stretches of beach and rock fishing mainly at Haverigg and Hodbarrow points for cod and flatfish (including plaice). Fishing in the estuary around the Duddon Sands gives flounder and other flatfish. Worm bait available locally.


Good fishing south of Seascale and from local beaches for bass, cod and flatfish. Boat fishing adds dogfish, mackerel, ray, tope and whiting. Worm bait available locally.

Whitehaven,P Good fishing from the quayside. Sand fishing from Wellington beach, rockfishing at Parton and St Bees Head. Species caught from the shore include cod, dab, flounder, mackerel, plaice, silver eel and whiting.

Fishing from a boat off Whitehaven can yield catches of cod, dogfish, mackerel, pouting, ray, tope and whiting. Good lug beds near Workington .

Workington ,

Local beach fishes poorly so either go south to Harrington Beach or north to Siddick village beach for catches of cod, dab, flounder, mackerel, plaice, silver eel and whiting.

Very good boat fishing a mile out to sea for cod, dogfish, mackerel, ray, tope and whiting. Worm bait available locally. Lug at Siddick.


Good beach, harbour, pier and estuary fishing – prime beach marks along Grasslot and Promenade beaches. Main species from the shore include bass, cod, dab, flounder, plaice, pollack and whiting. The shore south of the harbour becomes rocky and ideal for cod fishing.

Catches of coalf ish, cod, conger, dogfish, mackerel, plaice, pollack, ray, tope and whiting from boats. Lug from Promenade and Allonby beaches. Rag from shore at golf course.


The Isle of Man offers good and varied fishing to both shore and boat anglers. There is a large number of beaches, jetties, piers and rocky areas around the island which are first class fishing venues for bass, cod, dab, flounder, garfish, mackerel, mullet, plaice, sole, tope, whiting and wrasse. Boat fishing has even greater potential offering bass, coalfish, cod, conger, dogfish, gurnard, ling, mackerel, monkfish, pollack, red bream, shark, common skate, tope, turbot and whiting. Fishing centres on the island are at Castletown, Douglas, Ramsey, Peel and Port Erin, where tackle can be bought and boats hired. Worm bait available locally.