By: Condor on 21/09/2011
Fish for supper
Fancy landing a sea bass and barbecuing it for dinner? Or flowing with the tide waiting for a bream to bite? You’ll find a host of species to catch in Jersey, whether you’re boat fishing, beach casting or angling.
Fishing charters from St Helier
Fishing Jersey offers day trips in local water aboard the Anna II, with itineraries for all ages and experience levels. Skipper Tony Heart has fished in Jersey waters for almost 30 years and is one of the only charter skippers to hold a British record for the largest ballan wrasse ever recorded on rod and line – a 9lb 7oz whopper!
Tel. 01534 888552
Tarka Sea Trips offers a number of itineraries aboard Theseus II, captained by David Nuth, including evening fishing. The company also specialises in diving trips and corporate days out.
Tel. 01534 858046
Benefit from angling tuition on a tailor-made fishing trip with expert Keith White, who specialises in bass fishing. Tailor-made fishing adventures range from three hours to five-day courses.
While there are no rivers in Jersey and scarcely any streams, stretches of still water hold surprisingly good stocks of fish, making freshwater fishing extremely popular across the island. For trout fishing head to Val de la Mare, Grands Vaux and Queen’s Valley reservoirs, which are fly-only waters well stocked with rainbows and browns. The season runs from mid-April to the end of October, with day and weekly tickets available at all locations.
Coarse anglers are able to fish at Dannemarche and Millbrook Reservoirs in Waterworks Valley, St Catherine’s reservoir at the edge of Rozel Woods, and the South Canal near St Ouen’s Bay. There are no pike, catfish, zander or other large predators but you will find plenty of stocks of bream, tench, roach, perch, common carp, rudd and common eels. The season runs from 1 June to 31 March, and day or weekly tickets are available.
Head to St Helier for expert advice and all the kit you could ever want.
JFS Sport 01534 758195
Mr Fish 01534 618886
PJN Fishing Tackle 01534 874875
From the fishmonger
If you want to let someone else do the catching, visit these hot spots for the very best fresh fish on the island.
The Fresh Fish Company
Based on Victoria Pier in St Helier has been supplying Jersey fish to hotels and restaurants since 1999 and now sells across the UK as well as to locals and holidaymakers. Snap up locally caught mackerel, Dover Sole, John Dorey, monkfish and scallops, with the catch of the day changing according to the seasons.
Tel. 01534 736799
Based in an old German bunker at L’Etacq specialises in live and cooked lobster and crab and also sells a wide range of local fish. Much of its seafood is exported across to France, but it’s also open to business from individuals too.
Tel. 01534 483500