ANGLING in SARK
The small island of Sark is a fishable from any water’s edge if you are prepared to climb. There is also a tackle hire business in the village, which also sells tackle and frozen bait. The owner is a member of the Bailiwick of Guernsey Record (Rod-Caught) Fish Committee. He will identify and weigh possible entries. You can also buy finishing tackle at the Harbour Café during summer season.
Below are 12 of the best points to fish off Sark (in no particular order);
1) Maseline and Creux Harbour (East Side) – The harbours are by far the simplest places to reach, a steady walk down Harbour Hill or on public transport (the famous Sark toast-rack.) Maseline Harbour may be fished at all states of the tide. From this locatioin many species of fish can be caught – Redback and Couche’s Bream, Red and Grey Mullet. Pollack, Pouting, Dog fish, Garfish (long nose), Trigger fish, Wrasse, Scad (horse mackerel) and Conger. There are 30 or 40 yeards of rocks then sand runs parallel to the harbour wall – good for float or bottom fishing.
3) Greve de la Ville (Northeast Coast) – A steady walk down a winding path to a pebbled beach. An abundance of Wrasse from low to high tide and Conger at night.
4) Banquette Landing (Northeast Coast) – A steady walk down a cliff path. A couple of small obstacles to clamber over on the way to a flat rock from where to fish, half to full tide. Not over deep water, float fishing only. Pollack, Wrasse and occasional Salmon from this spot.
5) Les Fontaines Bay and L’Eperquerie (North/ Northeast) – A nice scenic walk on the cliff paths of L’Eperquerie Common. At the bottom there are rocks to fish from around a sandy bay, more Wrasse, Sole and Plaice. There are many areas of rock gullies to fish around the L’Eperquerie landing. Some areas are good for Mullet, especially the Northwestern side at Le Platon.
6) Gouliot Passage (Northwest coast) – An easy walk until a rocky climb is reached. (This can be tricky so great care is needed). Once down the rocky area, there are two flat platforms to fish from. Fish from low to high tide, deep water at all times. Bottom or float for Wrasse, Pollack and Black Bream.
7) Havre Gosselin (West Coast) – Below Pilchers Monument. A long winding path with steps at the bottom leading to a small harbour. There are a series of rocky gullies to the left, good for larger Wrasse. A short climb over rocks to a large sandy area for Sole, Bream, Pollack and Wrasse. Good for Conger at night.
8) La Grande Greve (Southwest Coast) – A steep climb down from La Coupee. Steps all the way, leading to a large sandy beach. To the left a weedy area good for Bass at low tide. Also good for digging Lugworm. This is one of the main beaches in summer and can become congested with visiting boats and swimmers.
9) Little Sark (West to East)– Many steep and rocky climbs down to water edge. Port Gorey is the easiest to get to. Float fishing for Mullet, Pollack and Wrasse. Conger at night.
10) Dixcart Bay (South Coast) – Two very nice walks to this bay. Once through a dense wooded valley leading to a set of steps onto a pebble/sandy beach. The other along a cliff path then down to meet up near the top of the steps. Fish at all tides from the beach or follow the tide down on rocks to dip left of the sand to get to deeper water. Bass, Pollack, Red, Black and Couche’s Bream and Plaice from here.
11) Derrible Bay (South Coast) – A steady walk down a large amount of steps takes you to a sandy bay. Fish at high tide from the flat rock. Float fishing for Pollack and Wrasse or follow the water down from the beach and to the left of the rocks for deeper water.
12) Les Laches (South East) – A very steep walk down, slippery in wet conditions. Good for digging. Rag worms but hard work.
La Grange, Clos du Menage +44 (0) 1481 832273
Harbour Café +44 (0) 1481 832396
Please note that suitable footwear and clothing is required. People wishing to fish off Sark do so at their own risk.