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Perch Rock A nice bag taken at Perch Rock Sea fishing the Mersey behind the fort Perch Rock, New Brighton is very popular. The main catch is Whiting and Dabs, a few Cod show but not in the numbers found at other marks further up the river Mersey.

This venue fishes all year round, Dabs are the main target during summer, Whiting and Dabs in the winter. Recently, Conger Eel, Thornback Ray, Dogfish as well as Smoothounds have been caught in numbers during late summer and autumn.

This is a very popular spot, late arrival will leave you searching for a peg to fish.

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Leave the M53 at Junction 1 and follow signs for "New Brighton", follow the road ahead passing Wallasey Golf Course on your left. Beware this area is targeted frequently with speed traps so stick to 30mph. At the first roundabout go straight ahead and at the next roundabout turn right. Follow the road ahead crossing four more roundabouts. At the next roundabout turn left into the car park at Fort Perch Rock. Park close to the fort to shorten the walk to the beach.

A view of Perch Rock from the promenade

The fishing area is behind the fort Perch Rock. Walk to the left of the fort and follow it's wall to the back and onto the beach. Many people head for the green "Brazil" bouy and fish either in front of or to the left of it. The whole beach is fishable, however the further right you go the snaggier it gets. You can fish fom 3 hours before low water to 2 after low water, it is most productive on the night tides and in the winter.

The beach behind Perch Rock The green 'Brazil' buoy

A normal day on the beach

Aim to fish 3 hours before low tide it may be that the tide is still well up the beach when you start but it quickly retreats. The tide pull here can be strong and you will need a selection of leads. A moderate cast will put you in deep water but it is also worth just lobbing in 20 to 30 yds. During winter when the whiting are in you can expect frantic sport approx 2 hours before low and 1 hour into the flood.

All the usual baits will catch, with smelly black being a favorite of dabs. Sand eel wrapped in squid works well for rays and dogs.

Recent fishing reports from Perch Rock can be found here

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