Minehead Harbour is located on the Somerset coast between Porlock Wier and Watchet marina. There has been a Harbour at Minehead since the late 1300′s and it is now home to a busy charter boat fleet and has an active leisure boat community.
From Minehead, there are varied and diverse opportunities for the sea angler. Whether it's a clean, comfortable, high water beach or a bit more of a demanding low water beach, or fishing at sea from a boat, Minehead has it in abundance.
The fishing is very much seasonal with plenty of species to be caught throughout the year: Spring offers codling, thornback, small-eyed, spotted and blonde rays, dogfish, bass and the first run of smoothounds. Summer offers mullet, bass, smoothounds, dogfish, sole, conger, turbot, thornback, small eyed, spotted and blonde rays, pollock plus lots of mini species to have some fun with LRF (light rock fishing) tactics. Autumn and winter offers some of the best cod and codling fishing in the country along with good catches of whiting over the Christmas and new year period. Also thornback rays can also be caught during a mild spell.
Situated at the western end of Mineheads beach you will find the harbour where there are several angling boats available for charter. Whether its a 4 hour trip to take the kids out for a morning or afternoon, or an all day 8 or 10 hour trip to do some serious boat fishing you will find something to accommodate you.
The local fishing tackle shop is situated right on the quayside on the Harbour and is the hub for all the local angling knowledge and news. The shop is open daily and supplies quality live and frozen baits, plus everything you are likely to need and more for shore and boat fishing in the Bristol Channel, for everyone from the novice to the professional angler.
Crab-line fishing inside the harbour is fantastic and is a must if you visit Minehead harbour. Kids and adults alike just love crabbing. The fun and excitement catching that first crab is never to be forgotten . Having a little crabbing competition to see who can catch the most is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours and at the end you can have a crab race down the Harbour slip way as you let them go back into the water. Crab nets, lines, buckets and bait are always available from the fishing tackle shop and can cost as little as £2 for a few hour fun and games .. Please note the tide must be in the Harbour …
Minehead Lifeboat Station can be found just beyond the harbour. For opening hours to the shop and to view the lifeboat please see: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/minehead-lifeboat-station