Fishing At Kettleness

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Fishing At Kettleness

Fishing At Kettleness

A Big Cod Fishing Mark

Just like Runswick and Port Mulgrave, the fishing marks at Kettleness are considered to be some of the very best in the region. Kettleness is, in every sense of the word, a big cod mark. Over the years there has been more double figure cod taken from this mark than most of us can dream of. The actual fishing can be done at high tide from the beach or over low tide into the numerous scars and gullies that are exposed by the retreating water.

Fishing Marks At Kettleness

Take a look over the cliff top at Kettleness during a spring low tide and you are met by one of the most amazing and exciting sight’s in shore angling. There is a multitude of marks spread across the bay with many more just out of site around the ness end. Immediately at the bottom of the cliffs is the main Kettleness gulley which extends for roughly 400 yards out into the sea. This can be fished for roughly 2 hours either side of low water and is best reached by fishing down the side of the gulley and casting over towards the cliffs at Runswick.. The inshore end of the gulley can be just about reached at all stages of tide from the beach at the bottom of the access rope. The main Kettleness gulley fishes best on a very large northerly sea swell.

Fishing At Kettleness

Looking to the left of Kettleness you will see a set of rocks which extends most of the way to the Yaucht club at Runswick. There are numerous low tide marks in this region including “Hill Stones and Little Run”. There are also numerous little gullies and shallow depressions in the scar which are also worth a shot. An angler willing to put time into fishing this area will be pleased with the results of their experimentation

At the end of Kettleness Gulley and a few yards to the south, you will see a set of marks known as “The fingers”. These marks are easily located and are made up of a set of scar ledges with deep but narrow gullies running in on either side. Again the fingers are only exposed over low water and fish best when conditions are somewhat calmer. These marks also give some decent summer fishing into the kelp for summer red cod.

Out of sight from the cliff top (Around the ness end) and to the south lie more deep kelpy gullies that cut into the scars below the old quarry on the cliff top. Further south still is the well known marks at Fillet tail and further still – Goldsborough. Again these marks are largely low tide only and should only be visited with the aid of a guide.

Kettleness fillet tail

Access To Kettleness

Kettleness can be reached by leaving the A174 just north of Lythe. Follow the road for roughly 2 mile through Goldsborough and down to Kettleness. Parking is on the cliff top but please be mindful that this is a residential village. Do not block driveways, do not leave a mess and please be very quiet if visiting the mark late at night or early mornings.
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To get down to the shore at Kettleness involves a moderately difficult climb down to the beach. Once at the cliff top you should look for a zig-zag path leading half way down the cliff. This part of the decent is in relative terms (compared to some north east marks) pretty easy. Once halfway down, then things get a bit more difficult with a rope required to steady yourself on the way down. Usually there is a rope in place, but you should not rely on this being there and should always considering carrying your own rope if possible.

Fishing At Kettleness

General Tips For Fishing Kettleness

Like any rock fishing mark, kettleness is only as difficult as you wish to make it. Keep your rigs simple and stick to the usual cod baits and you wont go far wrong. The low water marks fish best just after a big northerly storm. Fishing when the wind has dropped away but when the swell is still running will be much easier than fishing into the teeth of a gale force wind. When fishing heavy seas you should aim to target the dark water, but when the swell has dropped away to almost nothing it can pay dividends to cast into the shallower white water around the edges of the gullies.

Tackle And Bait For Cod Fishing At Kettleness

abu 7000 A standard rock fishing rod, coupled with a 7000 size multiplier loaded with 30lb line, leader, 6oz lead, 5/0 hook is as much as you will need to tackle the cod. Fishing in the area is into very heavy ground in most cases so simple rigs and rotten bottoms are advisable. Plain leads could be beneficial into the kelp gullies, although grippers work better in heavy seas or strong winds.  All the usual cod baits will do the business. Crab is a top bait during the early season, while lug/crab/mussel and other shell fish cocktails will do the damage in the mid to latter part of the winter fishing season.

Health and safety

The Coastguards Health And Safety Publication Is Available Here :

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.
By | 2018-03-23T08:51:55+00:00 March 6th, 2010|Marks|2 Comments

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Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. big cliff March 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    The thing with kettleness is to fish about 1 hour afrer LW on a really slack tide with a canny sea on —
    on a good sized tide the early part of the ebb is a good time to really concentrate on your fishing – it
    always fishes alot better on the ebb on good tides — and always better on the flood tide when the tides
    are slack

  2. […] 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 […]

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