Loading... Please wait...

Fishing, Shooting & Hunting Blog UK

Fishing the Season - Sea Fishing in Summer

Posted by

June has arrived which means it’s officially summer fishing time. Summer is a busy month for us anglers not only because fishing in the sun is the ultimate relaxing sport, but also because large shoals of sprats travel into our inshore waters to feed on larvae and plankton. And for those of you who love fishing with spinners, feathers and float fished baits, this is your time to shine.

But it isn’t only shoals of sprats that are found in the British waters, there are also some larger fish which can be spotted in the sun. Here are a few of some of the beauties you could catch sea fishing this summer.

Wrasse Fish

Red Ballan Wrasse Fish

(Red Ballan Wrasse)

There are over 600 species of wrasse but it is the Ballan wrasse and cuckoo wrasse that are most commonly found in UK waters. Ballan Wrasse are large fish and make for a great catch as they can grow to ten pounds in weight. Residing in rocky areas, they migrate for winter and return to shallow water in the summer months, where they will feed on shellfish and crustaceans.

If you’re looking for a smaller – and more colourful – catch this summer, cuckoo wrasse can be found during summer in the warmer water of the UK. This tropical fish is usually found in deeper waters, although they can be caught inshore too, sometimes sharing the waters with Ballan wrasse.

Gurnard Fish

Gurnard Fish

The gurnard fish is often found in the southern waters of Britain, with many being spotted in the English Channel. Gurnards are a favourite among the angling industry as they’re a sustainable species with a delicious taste. During the warmer months, gurnards travel to the shallow water to spawn and the sandy coastlines are a hotspot for this fish, so head to the coast for a better chance of catching one.

Mullet Fish

Red Mullet FishGrey Mullet Fish

(Red Mullet Fish) (Grey Mullet)

Mullet fish were featured in our Sea Fishing in Autumn blog post, showing their diversity as a fish. They breed from winter through to spring, with the younger fish living inshore through these months and the more mature fish spending the summer in the shallow waters. Although they are found in the sea, mullets prefer calmer sea waters, so we suggest taking a freshwater approach by using lightweight equipment and stealthier tactics.

There are many different species of mullet found in the British waters, thick or thin-lipped grey mullets, golden grey mullets or red mullet, so you have a good chance of catching one this summer!


Plaice Fish

Plaice, not to be confused with flounder, spend the early months of summer eating, meaning by July/August the fish are at their heaviest and best. You can find them in sandy and muddy seabed’s, in open surf beaches, and they can be caught using lightweight equipment and sea bait. Plaice are great and tasty fish, but they have been largely overfished using methods which are damaging to the environment. If you’re fishing plaice, it is important to be considerate of your surrounding and the population in the area.

Browse our sea fishing equipment and update your summer fishing kit. We are offering free next day delivery to all our anglers, so you will never miss a sunny day out on the water. 

Historical Hunting Grounds

Hunting is an age-old sport which has firm roots in the UK countryside. The traditional hunt that we all know and love was brought to England by the Normans, although the sport itself has a history that goes back to the beginning of our existence. From deer and stag hunting, to the more modern art of fox hunting, the [...]

Read More »

The 5 Best Apps for Hunters and Fishermen

It’s time to bring your skills into the 21st century and we’ve got just the thing to do it. These five hunting and fishing apps are not only free to download, but are packed full of tips, advice and tracking to help you bring your ‘A’ game to every outing. 1.iSolunar This two-in-one app is great for [...]

Read More »

We're Back!

That’s right, we are back and better than ever! We know some of you may be thinking - where did you go? Well, back in 2016 we suffered an electrical fire in our fishing store which destroyed some of our loved products and nifty fishing gadgets. After the fire, we took it as an opportunity to revamp and we [...]

Read More »

18 Must Have Items for Your 2018 Fishing Bag

Since it’s a new year, we think you deserve to treat yourself to some new fishing equipment, but we know that updating your fishing bag with the best tools, accessories and gadgets can be difficult as there is so much choice on the market. Our online store stocks hundreds of different products for you to enjoy, [...]

Read More »

Our Pick: 3 Best Fish Recipes for The Festive Season

Christmas is around the corner which means there’s no better time of year to show off your catches of the season. To make the most of the delicious fish you’ve caught, we have picked three of our favourite festive recipes which are bound to impress any family member.Smoked Salmon and Avocado Canapes For a light starter before your heavy main why [...]

Read More »

Our Pick: 3 Best Game Recipes for The Festive Season

As soon as the dark evenings draw in, it can feel as though the festivities of winter are an everlasting occurrence, and you’re probably running out of ideas to serve up delicious delights. As a keen hunter, why not put your own hunt through the rings and cook your own fresh dishes? Our top 3 picks for scrumptious festive warmers will [...]

Read More »

Winter Worries – Coarse Fishing

Fishing in the winter months provides its own unique challenges. The cold weather means us anglers can struggle to make a good catch.To help you beat the cold weather and make the catch of the season we’ve provided our solutions to your most common winter worries, so you can fish with confidence.Water Clarity As most [...]

Read More »

The Ultimate Hunting Starter Pack for Beginners

Going out on your first hunt may mean that you get the chance for your first kill, which for any hunter is an exciting prospect. Although, to do that you need to be prepared with all the equipment, both before and after the hunt. Before the hunt, you’ll want to ensure you’ve got sufficient access from the landowner, and you know [...]

Read More »

The UK’s Best Fishing Finds

Earlier this year, Andrew Alsop caught a monster bluefin tuna weighing in at a record breaking 500lb, and where was this fish of a lifetime caught? The Mediterranean? The rich bluefin grounds off Massachusetts? The mid-Atlantic seas around The Azores? It was in fact none of these, but in Welsh waters off Pembrokeshire! Fish usually found abroad are now appearing more [...]

Read More »