Of all the marks on the North East Coast perhaps no-where is more well known and talked about than the set of marks at Boulby.
Marks such as the Boiler hole and Boulby Gulley are amongst the more well known marks here, but there is so much more to the area with a multitude of small gullies and kelp filled holes providing superb cod fishing in most conditions throughout the winter.
Boulby as a fishing venue borders with Hummersea to the north and Staithes to the south. The set of marks that make up Boulby as a larger venue were once renowned for being the very best marks in the whole of the north east.
The majority of the top local rods often fished Boulby in the daytime open matches and many local club records were set here.
The main reason that these marks were so prolific lies with the local potash mine who used to discharge their waste into the sea just off Boulby.
Although the mine is still active they no longer pump the amount of clay discharge into the sea, the knock on effect of this being that Boulby no longer colours up in the way it used to 10 years ago.
Despite the water colour situation here, the marks can still be prolific on their day and many big bags and big fish are still caught here every year.
With the exception of Boulby Boiler Hole the main marks at Boulby do not favour big seas. Moderate to light swells are all that’s needed here and many of the marks will produce good bags with only a very slight swell running through.
The days following a dieing northerly are often the best in terms of catches here.
Boulby will produce on most tide sizes and states, but perhaps the best sessions are to be had over a medium to large ebb low tide. With the exception of a few marks, neeps are not as good here as they are at other local marks.
Boulby can be accessed at low or high tide by a serious of ropes from the cliff top just to the north side of Boulby Village where parking is plentiful but care should be taken not to block in the locals.
Although the cliffs are by no means steep (In comparison to other marks) be warned that these are the highest cliffs in the country so the climb can be difficult on the thighs at times.