A Very Tough Climb

In my opinion Goldsborough is one of the toughest marks to access in the Whitby area. Although the cliff is nowhere near as steep as it is at some marks, the trek out of Goldsborough and up through the trees is very tough in the middle of winter, especially after heavy rains when it can be 2 steps forward and one step backwards at times.

Goldsborough Sea Fishing

Goldsborough Gulley

Parking is on the Goldsborough-Lythe road from where you should take the footpath to the Cleveland Way. The decent is roughly another 5 minutes walk from there.

fishing at goldsborough near whitby and Kettleness

Just like all north east rock marks you should not come here if you are not equipped for the terrain. Also it is advisable to come with a guide who knows what he is doing as the cliff is sheer near the path down, plus its almost impossible to find without assistance.

Goldsborough is essentially a winter cod mark and many big fish and good bags have come from here over the years.  The best conditions are with a moderate sea swell running and plenty of colour in the water. However I know from my kayak fishing experience that there is pollack near by and some nice wrasse in the kelp so it may also be worth a bash in the summer months, although I have never tried this exact area.

The Fishing Marks At Goldsborough

The area of Goldsborough itself has boundaries with Kettleness Fillet Tail to the north and the Sandsend boilers to the south. The main marks in the area are : Fillet Tail Shaft, Little Tunnel, Sharks Tooth (Short Hole), Big Rock, Spenners, Goldsborough Gulley, Stinking Hole and Sandsend Boiler scar. Fishing is mainly over low water although there is the odd place where you can get a lead into good grounds over high tide.

Looking Down Through The Woods At Goldsborough

The fishing at Goldsborough is mostly from large slippy rocks, so studded chest waders are essential if you aim to stay upright. Although a long cast can pay off at these marks, there is also very deep water close buy so the short casters will be at home hear too.

Looking North To Kettleness Fillet Tail

The ground is typical of the deeper water style marks with Kelp and rocks close in with sandy channels running through them. Locating the runs through the kelpier areas is the way to go if you want to locate the cod super highway.

Looking south to the boiler scar

Tackle And Techniques For Goldsborough

Tackle for Goldsborough is simple. You need a rock rod with a rock reel filled with 30lb line. The only technique for the cod is large baits of peeler crab, peeler cocktailed with worms and/or shellfish.

If you intend to fish for summer pollack, bass and wrasse you can scale your tackle down to a spinning rod and a bag full of plugs and jellyworm style lures.

5 cod from Goldsborough in 2009

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Health and safety

The Coastguards Health And Safety Publication Is Available Here :

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/safety_guidelines_for_sea_anglers.pdf

Angling from the shore in the UK is very hazardous to say the least. Every year lives are lost whilst pursuing our fascination with sea angling. Anglers of all levels of ability need to be very very careful indeed – having fallen badly myself last year I’m as aware as anyone of the dangers of rock fishing. At this point I would like to offer a few words of advice to anglers.

  • Never attempt to fish a new area without the help and advice of someone experienced in fishing that area.
  • Always check the tide and ensure you will be safe to access and exit your chosen area. Watch out for cut off points. If unsure don’t go. Its not worth it.
  • Be aware of the weather forecast. Conditions can change fast.
  • Don’t access closed areas, eg piers whilst the storm gates are shut.
  • Carry some form of communication.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return. Ask them to raise the alarm should you not return.
  • Do not fish heavy seas. Its very dangerous and your wasting your time anyway, fish don’t like really rough seas. Leave it a day or 2 until the sea is dieing.