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    Waves racing into Scarborough's south bay

    Waves racing into Scarborough's south bay

    Scarborough harbour

    Scarborough harbour

    Scarborough Harbour

    Scarborough Harbour



    Captain Ian Vasey - Harbour Master

    01723 373530


    Scarborough Harbour,
    YO11 1PD

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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, 56 Eastborough. Tel: 01723 374017
    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 or from the Tourist Information Centre.

    "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 Tel: 07812 373 636.

    "MV Queensferry - Daily sailing, weather and numbers permitting. See local notices at West Pier Slipway for details. For bookings, phone Neil on 01723 379126 or 07834410309. The Queensferry can be chartered for angling parties. The Skipper, Neil Horsley, is an MCA qualified local man with extensive inshore and offshore angling experience. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Neil, with his lifelong knowledge of the area will take you to the best available spots for a successful day's fishing. Additional info: Departing each day from 8am at your convenience. Trips up to 8 hours for a maximum of 12 anglers. Rods, reels and some bait provided. All fares £5 per hour per person.

    "Warrior - Evolution 38 Fishing Trips. 4, 6 and 8 hour trips. Rod and bait supplied. Experienced crew. Individuals and parties welcome. Wreck and rough ground fishing. Daily from Scarborough. For more details and booking information Tel: 07807367407 or (01723) 370601.

    "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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    Map reference: TA 047887  Lat: 54.28322 Long: -0.39327

    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: 0 miles from Scarborough station


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