South-East Scotland Fishing

The Scots have been slowerthanthe English to take to sea angling with the result that much of their fishing is unexploited.

The section from the southern side of the Firth of Forth to the border offers all-the-year-round cod fishing, with coalfish providing useful back-up catches.

A varied shoreline provides both rock and beach fishing but the demand is minimal in relation to the length of coastline available.

Boat fishing out from Eyemouth and North Berwick gives heavy catches of modest sized cod with jigging with feathers and baited lures the most popular technique.

This in part may be due to a reluctance to anchor over the rocky seabed but the traditional still bait fished from an anchored boat is less popular here than elsewhere.


Good fishing from the entire coastlinefrom Cramondto Port Seton. The Musselburgh sea wall is a noted mark for cod, dab, flounder, haddock, plaice and whiting – as is the rest of the coastline. Lug and rag from the beach. Boatfishing addscoalfish, dogfish, pollack, mackerel and skate.

North Berwick:

Good boat fishing and the coastline to Dunbar is popular for shore fishing. Cod, ray, haddock, plaice, mackerel, coalfish and conger can be caught. Shellfish bait can be collected at low water.


Shore fishing on Belhaven Beach, Tyne estuary, the Dells and in the harbourforcod, dab, haddock, flounder, plaice and whiting. Boat fishing addscoalfish, skate, dogfish, pollack and mackerel. Lugwormsfrom Belhaven Beach and the Tyne estuary.


Rock fishing from Burnmouthto

Pease for mackerel, codling, flatfish, pollack and wrasse. Boat fishing for cod, conger, flatfish, coalfish, ling, mackerel, pollack and whiting. Rag and lug for bait can be dug from the beach and from the harbour.