Hawsker The Home Of Match Winning Cod

Anyone who knows the Yorkshire Sea Angling scene will of heard of Hawsker. The stories of big match winning cod are often told in the local tackle shops. Hawsker itself is just a small village roughly 2 miles to the south side of Whitby.

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The fishing marks lie around half a mile outside the village and the descents to the shoreline are steep and dangerous. Any budding anglers thinking of heading here for the first time should really find himself a qualified guide as this mark is not for the feint hearted.

Finding Your Way To The Marks

The marks of South and North Hawsker are best found by parking in the local caravan park and taking the walk to the cliff top. The caravan site owner is happy for you to park onsite in the hours of daylight, at a charge of £1 per day, which is donated to the local RNLI. Please remember to pay as they will not welcome you back a second time if you don’t.

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hawsker bottoms

The area of Hawsker, in terms of angling stretches from the lighthouse near Saltwick all the way down to the north cheek of Robin Hoods Bay (roughly 1.5 mile of coastline). From the Caravan park the main marks of North Hawsker are Iron Springs And Green Springs which are roughly a 25 minute walk to the north.

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hawsker green spring

The marks of South Hawsker including: White Stone, Jetticks, Hommeril Hole and Castle Chambers are found to the south side of the caravan park, with the actual get down being only 5 minutes away. As stated above, it will be best for you to seek the aid of a local guide on your first outings here as the get downs are very difficult to locate and both involve a pretty severe decent with the aid of a rope.

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What To Catch At Hawsker

Largely speaking the North Hawsker marks are thought of as Cod only. Iron Spring and Green spring are certainly winter cod marks with the best fishing coming with a good sized sea swell. The marks to the south are also excellent cod marks in winter, many a north east open match has been won from here with cod well into double figures.

However South Hawsker appears a little more versatile to the marks to the north. Summer fishing in this area can provide excellent sport with red cod, some rather large pollack, wrasse, coalfish, mackerel and even bass.

Tackle And Techniques For Hawsker

Tackle for North Hawsker 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. Cod fishing at south Hawsker follows the same rules.

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.

If you require more information on fishing at Hawsker you may post any questions below or start a topic in our fishing forum

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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.