are no boats working out of Polperro that are available for half
or full day fishing trips, (Looe is the nearest port where you can
charter a boat), but starting this year (2005), 'Ollie' Puckey
is offering 2 hour mackerel trips, morning and evening, on his boat 'Smuggler'.
Information is available from Jackie, who can be found 'calling'
for the half hour boat trips by the Blue Peter,or from the Post Office
Fishing is very popular with visitors and locals alike and there is some
very good sport from the rocks on either side of the harbour at Polperro.
Probably the best area’s are below the light to the east of the
entrance, and down by the swimming pool at half tide to the west. Float
fishing is advisable if you are on the rocks between the out pier and
the light, unless you are experienced at spinning and is the least expensive
on gear due to the rocky nature of the bottom, which also has some weed;
you need much heavier gear and some experience to fish the bottom.
About two and a half hours either side of high water offers good fishing
from the outer pier. This is a popular and safe spot, especially if you
have children. The bottom here is much flatter and sandy, so both float
and spinning are good.
Main Species - Wrasse, Mackerel, Garfish, Bass,
Pollack, Scad, Dogfish and Conger.
Grey Mullet can sometimes be caught
in the harbour. A friend was known to fish very successfully out
of his lounge window, from the comfort of his arm chair, with a
pint and his pipe!!
Bait - Sandeel, Mackerel,
Squid, Ragworm, Lugworm, Peeler or soft backed crab.
Children can have hours of fun catching
small crabs from the safety of the harbour quays. If you catch
any, keep them in a bucket of water and put them back when you
If you are not experienced at sea
fishing off the rocks, then care should be taken and the tide tables
consulted before going. Remember that the incoming swell can be
deceptive and catch out the unwary. Be aware of the incoming tide
and don’t fish from a spot where you can be cut off. Always
wear suitable footwear. Always let someone know where you are going
and when you expect to return.
The RSPCA have recently reported an
increase in the number of calls that they have received to administer
to sea birds that have been fouled by lines and hooks, some of
which have come from anglers. Whenever possible, please take away
any broken tackle for safe disposal.
Enjoy your fishing.