Fishing At Robin Hoods Bay
One Of The Uk’s Most Scenic Fishing Marks.
Robin Hoods Bay has to be one of the most scenic areas for sea fishing in the whole of the UK.
From North to South Cheek the bay is 3 mile across and home to some of the very best sea fishing on the Yorkshire coast. There is something for sea anglers of all ages and abilities within the bay, and there are literally hundreds of marks here with fishing possible at all stages of tide.
Amongst the most well known marks here are : Billet Scaur, Stoupe Beck, Boggle Hole, Tom Bells Dyke, Cowling Scar, River Hole, Landing Scar, Long Hole, Hommeril Hole, Sewer Hole and Dungeon Hole.
There are also many unnamed features that are worth a cast and the roving angler with the time to experiment will be able to pull fish from just about any part of this magnificent bay.
Above : A panoramic view of Robin Hoods Bay at low tide.
High Tide Fishing On The Sea Wall.
High tide fishing at Robin Hoods Bay is largely restricted to the areas around the village.
The favoured mark is the sea wall where it is possible to fish 3 hours either side of high water. Fishing is mostly for winter cod with the best times being during the hours of darkness whilst there is a decent swell running.
Loose sea weed is the main enemy of anglers on the sea wall, and a top tip for being successful here is to move along the sea wall until you find an area to fish without weed.
Anglers fishing the sea wall for winter cod are advised to bring with them a drop net just in case that fish of a lifetime makes a show.
The marks at the northern end of the sea wall, namely the “Gunney Hole” and “Shitty Cliffs” have now all but been written off by the recent addition of a new sea wall and the placing of large granite boulders around its base.
Some anglers do still attempt to fish these marks but more often than not any decent fish are lost into the rocks at the base of the wall.
Fishing The Scaurs At Low Tide.
The scaurs (derived from a Norse word meaning “rock”) exposed at low tide, were formed 170 million years ago and consist of limestone and blue shale.
A wealth of sea life can be found in the rock pools at low tide, and it is this abundance of free food which makes the area such an attraction for winter cod during a retreating or incoming tide.
Low tide fishing is available right across the bay into kelp filled gulleys that are exposed by the retreating tide. Again best times are during the hours of darkness through the winter months.
Prime time is in the days following a winter storm with a decent swell running into the gulleys.
However many of the marks on the outer edges of the bay are known for there tidal fishing and in these areas the fishing is very poor and more often than not very dangerous with any level of swell running onto the coast.
Care should be taken whilst accessing these exposed scaurs and first time anglers should only venture onto the rocks with the aid of an experienced guide as there are numerous cut off points and unseen dangers which could leave anglers stranded on the outer scars during an incoming tide.
With regards to the marks themselves a single page on our site would not be enough to do any of them justice. Most marks are easily identifiable using google earth or from the postcards sold locally showing the bay at low tide.
Tackle And Bait For Cod Fishing At Robin Hoods Bay
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 from the sea wall is largely onto sand so a grip lead would be advisable, whilst plain leads could be beneficial into the kelp gullies.
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.
Directions And More Info
Please use the arrows to move the map to a part of the bay you are interested in. Using the “Sat” option will show you a satellite image of the bay which again is zoomable. You can use the + or – options to zoom in and out.
Below : Robin Hoods Bay With Boggle Hole And Stoupe Beck Behind.
Below: Sewer Hole (left) And Long Hole(right).
Below: Spring Tide Low Water Showing All The Major Marks.
Below: Cod From Robin Hoods Bay(left), Billet Scar(right)
Below : Billet Scar
Below : Anglers At Long Hole(left), Stoupe Beck(right).
Below : Robin Hoods Bay Sea Wall
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.