Southport Beach, Merseyside and a Few Links

Southport Beach
Southport Beach

This week we’ve not been sea fishing or walking at all as we’ve been replenishing our supplies of gear that has either been used up or lost over the past few months.

We did manage to get out to Southport yesterday where we bought a new pair of binoculars from Waddington Photographic small enough to stuff into a rucksack so that we can take them wherever we go.

As the weather has been so grim over the past week I’ve been doing a lot of ‘surfing’ so below are a few websites or articles that I came across.

RSPB purchase 170 hectares in wetland project
This is great news for the area and is only a 10 minute cycle ride from my house, an RSPB reserve at Hesketh Out Marsh, on our doorstep, fantastic!

A couple of websites for the avid bird watcher in the North West;
Dee Estuary Birding
A great resource for all things avian around the River Dee (between North Wales and the Wirral)
Another Place…Birding the South Sefton coast
All the birding news from the South Sefton Coast

Henry Gilbey – Worldwide Fishing Pictures
Henry is a sea fishing addict and a great photographer- the images on his website are amazing. Henry can also frequently be seen in action on Discovery Reel Time.


  1. Anonymous said:

    The new reserve is somewhere I will definately be visiting once it is up and running. Great news for the region, the RSPB, and mostly for the wildlife.

    October 11, 2006
  2. Duxbury Ramblers said:

    Hi Stuart,
    Have changed the link address, as to us not being out in the storm you know the old song mad dogs and English Men(women) go out in the midday sun, well we go out in the morning storms, Meg thinks the loud bangs are guns going off and she loves that.
    take care.

    October 12, 2006
  3. Dave Sheekey said:

    Does anyone ever fish off the beaches around Southport? I know very flat and I would guess shallow water.

    May 14, 2011
  4. Stu said:

    Hi Dave

    Funny you should mention Southport beach – I had a go for Bass last night at Formby, I didn’t get any but Kev had a small one and a few Flounder were landed as well – the weather was a bit damp to say the least but the wind put up a good surf but I think the tide was probably to big to be able to fish the gulleys that run along the beach for any length of time – good to be out though 🙂

    May 15, 2011
  5. David Sheekey said:

    Hi Stuart a good few years back my brother and I went to Formby Point intending to fish. However the tide was about three days camel ride out and not knowing anything about gullies etc decided that discretion is the better part of valour and decided not to fish. I was reading on a forum about catching flounders and eels from off the pier at Southport, don`t know if that would be a worthwhile alternative venue? Have not been sea fishing for a few years but have the urge to go particularly as I`m moving to Uganda at the end of this year which alas of course is landlocked(although Lake Victoria looks like a sea!!) and thus opportunities are going to be very much limited in the future,

    May 27, 2011
  6. Stu said:

    Hi David

    Thanks for visiting the blog, Southport is a funny old place to fish as the tide goes in and out so far but the pier is fishing quiet well at the moment for Flounder and Eels although personally I’d give it a miss in this wind 🙂 Everywhere else in the area is a touch dangerous without a bit of knowledge as your liable to get cut off by the tide racing in, that and the beach is very shallow unless you know where all the gullies are.

    Anywhere along the Fylde coast – Blackpool up to Fleetwood is good and fairly safe a couple of hours either side of high water but again in this wind it’s probably worth giving it a miss – we need westerlies to put up a surf but at the moment it’s a bit too much.

    Fleetwood Channel, at the top end of Fleetwood is worth a go a couple of hours either side of low water for Flounder but at the moment everyone will be waiting for either the westerlies to die a little to fish the Fylde coast for Bass or for them to change to easterlies and fish up at Cleveleys for Smoothhoud using Crab as bait.

    Of course the other alternative is to find somewhere in North Wales / Anglesey where you are protected from the wind but it’s a bit of a treck…

    Hope this helps a little bit,


    May 28, 2011
  7. David Sheekey said:

    Thank you for the information Stuart, yes think it best for these hooligan of a winds to abate before I head in the direction of the coast. I will endeavour to try a couple of the spots you mention, it will be nice just to wet a line in the salt again,
    Best Wishes and Tight Lines

    May 29, 2011
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