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Whitby

 

Whitby general information

 
   
   

Directions

From the South:
Take the A64 Northbound and turn off on to the A169 towards Pickering. The junction on the A64 is signposted 'Whitby' and 'Eden Camp'. Follow the road through Pickering and over the North York Moors. At the ends of the A169, about 2 miles past the village of Sleights, you will come to a roundabout. Turn right and follow the road into Whitby.

From Scarborough: Follow the A171 northbound which takes you straight into Whitby.

From the North East (Middlesbrough): Take either the A171 or the A174 coast road straight into Whitby.

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Whitby is a small north east fishing town situated on the banks of the river esk, and is renowned for it's cod. The largest cod ever landed on rod and line around the British coast was caught by a Whitby charter. This historic port was also the home of Captain Cook and Bram Stoker's Dracula first set foot on english soil via Tate Hill Pier.

The most easily recognised fishing marks in Whitby are the east and west piers. As you look out to sea the west pier is on the left and the east pier is on the right. By a long way the west pier is the most popular of the two, especially with holiday makers. The first point I will make is that fishing is from the lower deck of the extension only (see photos h & i). Unfortunately this makes it very difficult when using a 12 or 13ft rod but it is not impossible. This pier fishes on to a sandy bottom which is largely clean except for the odd snag. Autumn through to early spring can throw up some good cod when conditions are right and there are usually flatties, whiting, colefish etc around at other times. During rougher weather the extensions storm gate (which is the same as a parking barrier) is closed. Local anglers occasionally cross this barrier and fish off the top deck when it is reasonably safe to do so.

Please Note: I am not advising anyone to cross this barrier. The barrier is closed for the publics protection. Freak waves do occur and if you are on the end of the pier when one of these hits, you'll not only be risking your life, but that of the lifeboat crew who are called out.

As summer approaches the end of this pier becomes packed with anglers and tourists fishing for mackerel. The mackerel here are big and put up a good fight on light spinning gear. One word of caution though: please ensure that you use strong line and good knots. On a couple of occasions I have narrowly avoided other peoples lures that have cracked off on the cast.

By crossing the swing bridge, heading up towards the 199 steps and past Fortunes Kippers (which are excellent and well worth buying) you come to the east pier. The best part of this pier to fish from was the extension which fished in to kelp and rock, and was a popular cod mark. Unfortunately the footbridge linking the pier to the extension was badly damaged by a large wave during a storm. This led to the bridge being removed (see below).

Whitby east pier

There are no signs of Scarborough Council replacing the footbridge in the near future. The remaining pier fishes onto the scar where codling, whiting, bass and mackerel are among the species caught.

To the left of the east pier is Tate Hill Beach which fishes into the harbour but doesn't cross the boat lane. This is ideal for youngsters practicing beach fishing. It's safer than most beach venues and isvery sheltered. Flatties, eels and whiting are often caught from here.

To the right of the east pier is The Scar. This is mainly rock scar with the odd gully and a number of shipwrecks. The best time to access it to fish the kelp filled gullys is during a spring tide (see photos a, b, c, & d). Access is via the ramp on the east pier.

PLEASE TAKE ALL OF YOUR RUBBISH HOME WITH YOU. LITTERING SPOILS WHAT IS A VERY SCENIC LOCATION, RUNNING THE RISK OF THE COUNCIL CLOSING THE PIERS TO ANGLERS (WHICH HAS HAPPENED ELSEWHERE). IT ALSO CREATES BAD PUBLICITY FOR THE SPORT. PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE WITH YOUR RUBBISH.

Caution: The scar can also be very slippery and the tide travels quickly across it. Beware of being cut off by the tide!

 
 

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