A word about about bait:

Frozen squid is an excellent all-round bait, and readily available. Fresh mackerel can be feathered from May to September, and is the best bait of all. Ragworm can be bought but it is advisable to order ahead. It is usually sold by weight. Slipper limpet, clams and oysters can be gathered on the beach, particularly around Langstone Harbour entrance, after storms. Hermit crabs and hardback shore crabs are good smoothound baits, these can be caught in small crab pots left out overnight. Frozen raw prawns are a good smoothhound bait.

Frozen squid can be bought at the local shop on the corner of Ferry Road and Fort Cumberland Road on the way in to Eastney.  Frozen bait can also be bought at the kiosk in the car park by the Ferry Inn on the Hayling side of Langstone Harbour entrance, although it is not always open. Andy’s Baits are available from the freezer in the office at Southsea Marina.

Local Tackle Shops:

(Please let me know if any of these cease trading so I can update the site)

Solent Tackle (formerly A & S Fishing Tackle)
147 Winter Road
Southsea
Hants
PO4 8DR
Tel: 023 9273 9116

Allan’s Marine
143 Twyford Avenue
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO2 8HU
Tel: 01705 671833

Daves Tackle
1 The Precinct
South St
Gosport
Hampshire
PO12 1HA
Tel: 01705 529107

Gosport Tackle Shop
27 Brockhurst Rd
Gosport
Hampshire
PO12 3AJ
Tel: 01705 584068

Gosport Market (Saturday)
Steve Corbin’s stall
Phone 0783 707 6539 or email caithness11@yahoo.com
to order fresh lug and rag (48 hours notice required)
Frozen bait and tackle available

D & T Angling
230-232, Havant Rd
Drayton
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO6 1PA
Tel: 01705 325898

Kings Pet Shop & Fishing Tackle
3 Middle Park Way,
Havant
PO9 4AB
Phone:023 9247 8899

Chandlery

Chris Hornsey (Chandlery) Ltd
152-154 Eastney Rd,
Southsea,
PO4 8DY
023 9273 4728

Ron Hale Marine Ltd
94-98 Highland Road
Eastney
Portsmouth
Hants
PO4 9NQ
023 9273 2985

Auto Marine Sales
10 Elm Grove,
Southsea,
PO5 1JG
023 9281 2263

Southsea Marina has all the usual facilities with crane launch but no slipway. Fort Cumberland Road, PO4 9RJ Tel. 023 9275 5450. Engineer on site at 1 Deg. West Marine who also have a small chandlery. The marina provides overnight moorings, showers etc.

Golden Arrow Marine are based in Port Solent and also cover Southsea Marina and the local area. They are the nearest Volvo Penta and Honda Marine main dealers and service centre. Through the group they are also main dealers and service centres for Perkins, MAN, Yamaha, Mercury/Mariner and Evinrude. They offer all Premier Marina berth holders and ECA members a 10% discount on all service parts. www.goldenarrow.co.uk or call +44 (0)2392 201171

Worth the small diversion, and open 8am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, 8am to 6pm Sunday, with good on-line ordering facilities: Marine Superstore, 7 The Slipway, Port Solent, PO6 4TR Tel. 023 9221 9843