Steetley Pier – Fishing At Hartlepool.
Steetley pier at Hartlepool is one of the north east’s top fishing marks for a range of species including: cod, whiting, whiting, mackerel, flounder and coalfish. The best months for Mackerel fishing at Steetley pier are May Through August although in recent seasons the prolonged summers have seen mackerel here right up to October. The best cod fishing at Steetly pier is usually found in the autumn and winter months.
Directions to Steetley pier : From the Hartlepool Headland continue up Old Cemetery road to the end. The security guard charges Â£5 entrance fee and Â£2 to look after your car, or you can pay Â£30 for the year membership. It is recommended you pay to have your car looked after whilst fishing on Steetly as in the past cars have been damaged in this area.
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Health and safety
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.
Thanks go to Big Paul from north east top marks for letting me use his picture.