Hinkley Point < West East >
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This is one of the premier Cod venues in the British Isles and regularily throws up a fish in the 9.5 Kilos (201b) class.

Fishing is from steep low water reefs onto broken ground. Tackle losses can be high. The reefs stretch from the Power Station right up to Stolford.

At prime times the reef can be packed with anglers so avoid weekends.

The tidal pull on the bigger tides is strong, so a gripper is essential. Prime months for Cod are October through to March.

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Tide Range

Two hours either side of low water, maybe longer on smaller tides.

The tide runs in a little fast on the bigger tides. It will wash in behind, So be vigilant.

Species

Cod to 13.5 Kilos (3Olb), with most fish in the 1 to 2 Kilos ( 2 to 4 lb) bracket, Thornback Ray, Whiting, Pouting, Poor Cod and Smoothound do come in. Bass to 8 Kilos (17 lb) have been recorded.Green Eels can be caught at the warm water outflow.

Bait

Rag and Lug tipped with Squid for the Cod, tip with Fish for the Whiting or Pout.Rag, Crab and Mackerel for the Ray and Bass. Crab for Cod in early and late Winter.

Rigs

Single snood pennell pulley rigs with lead lifts, smaller hooks for the smaller species.

The big bait, big fish rule applies!.

Directions

M5, Junction 25 to Taunton, A358 to Williton, right at the roundabout onto the A39 to Bridgwater. Follow this road just past Kilve and before Holford there is a left turning on a sharp corner, signposted Lilstock take this, and the next right follow the signs for Stolford. Eventually to the main Cannington to Hinkley Point road.
Turn left on this road to the power station; park in the visitors carpark and walk onto the sea front. The reefs are straight out in front stretching to your right.

Parking. In the visitors car park.This is closed at night so park outside the main gates and walk down past the visitor center.

Warnings

The tide washes in behind and will cut you off, be extra vigilant on big tides.
Tackle losses can be high.

Hot Spots

Anywhere along the reefs.

The warm water outlet for Green Eels and small Bass.

Close By Venues

Stolford

Kilve

Lilstock

Shurton

Doniford