Fishing on Romney Marsh
Romney Marsh provides some great areas for different kinds of fishing:
Course fishing refers to angling for coarse fish. Coarse fish are freshwater fish as distinguished from game fish. Freshwater game fish are salmon, trout and char which are all salmonids, therefore coarse fish are freshwater fish other than salmonids. Coarse fishing is available on particular stretches of the Royal Military Canal and on some of the lakes at Lydd and Dungeness.
The Royal Military Canal is one of the best areas in Kent for coarse fishing and still has a large quantity and variety of species, with stocks of Tench, Bram, Roach and Skimmers plus excellent winter Pike fishing.
If you want to fish the canal, you need to contact one of the clubs that control particular stretches of the canal. They are:
Canal Stretch Contact
Seabrook to Giggers Green Road Cinque Ports Angling Society
11 miles approx
Giggers Green Road to Bilsington Linton Angling Society
2 miles approx
NB Ruckinge to Bilsington is privately owned, there is no fishing allowed
Church Lane, Kenardington
Church Lane to Appledore Mid Kent Fisheries
2 miles approx
It may be possible to fish some of these stretches of the canal without being a member of the relevant clubs by obtaining a day permit. Please contact the individual fishing clubs for more information on day permit fishing and how to obtain one.
Royal Military Canal
Dungeness Long Lakes is by far one of prettiest waters, being covered in beautiful, yellow-fringed water lilies and having a wonderful diversification of wildlife present within its waters. You’ll find quality Tench, which run to well over 7 lb, and decent numbers of Roach and Rudd to be caught on both feeder and float tactics, using corn and maggot as hook baits fished between the aquatic vegetation. The venue also holds a good number of predators, primarily Pike and Eels.
Day tickets for the long lakes are available from Seagull Fishing Tackle.
Herons Park Lake at Lydd have a small number of Carp present but the main species is Tench of which there are large numbers, up to 12lb. Also present are very big Rudd and Roach.
There are three lakes which were very fertile with masses of natural life such as Shrimp in the water, so when the lakes were stocked with Carp they did well and grew very quickly. The growth rates have produced four Carp over 40lb with the biggest coming in at 47lb, it also has numerous Carp weighing up to mid thirties.
The Romney Marsh coast has an amazing range of fishing with two bays: the East Bay through to Hythe, and the West Bay through to Jury's Gap, wiht lots of variation.
Dungeness is the premier Cod fishery in the country; this nature reserve has the biggest shingle cuspate (created primarily by long shore drift) in Europe and has superb fishing all year round. the deep water in this area throws up many different species such as: Whiting; Dabs; Pouting; Dogfish; Dover Sole and Bass to name a few.
Local charter boats are available from Dungeness:
Fairchance Skipper: Jerry Oilier 01797 363544 Elizabeth Skipper: Trevor Bunney 01797321282
Sea Otter Skipper: Jason Adams 077 72708317 Peganina Skipper: Anthony Hills 079 89778361
For further information about sea fishing in the area, please contact one of the following:
There are many places along the Romney Marsh coast where there is excellent beach fishing, from Dungeness Point round to Littlestone.