If sea fishing is your favourite sport, or whether you are still waiting to get your first taste of it, take to the waters off the coast of Thanet, and you are sure to be smitten.
Arrange a holiday let in Broadstairs, and you are all set to make a proper stay of it – with all the time in the world to enjoy your fishing and take in some of the many sights.
Fish are plentiful and species diverse. At different times of the year, these include bass, plaice, tope, rays, smooth-hound, spurdog, mackerel and conger eels. In the autumn and winter, you might be catching large cod and pollack weighing 20lbs or more. According to the Good Fishing Guide, winter months are the best time to fish.
From the Thames estuary, all the way around to Dover, many places along the East Kent coast offer excellent sea fishing prospects. In Thanet, from the stretch of coastline from Broadstairs to the ancient port of Ramsgate, for instance, there is easy access to the principal grounds identified in the Kent Coast Sea Fishing Compendium:
- fishing for bass and codling over the chalk ledges off the Thanet coast;
- the Broadstairs Knolls – where a series of rising ridges serve as holding areas for large bass;
- the Quern Bank; and
- probably the most iconic of all, the Goodwin Sands. Here there are shallower waters and innumerable shipwrecks attract practically every species of fish you might hope to catch off English waters (cod, pollack, bass, codling, plaice, tope, rays, smooth-hound, spurdog, mackerel and conger eels). If you are lucky, you may spot some seals too.
Where to find Thanet
When is an island not an island? When it’s the Isle of Thanet. The area on the northeast tip of Kent, now known as the District of Thanet, is largely made up of the so-called Isle of Thanet.
It was once an island, separated from the mainland by a 2,000ft-wide channel called the Wantsum Channel, which now cuts off the “island” only on extremely rare occasions of especially high flood waters (the last being in 1953).
What remains is a coastline with some impressive statistics. From Margate, through Broadstairs to Ramsgate, you will find 20% of the UK’s entire coastal chalk and 6% of the total found throughout the whole of Europe. In between are resorts and activity bays boasting four Seaside Awards bays and six Blue Flag Award beaches.
Where to stay
Since it is a mere 75 miles or so from London, and well connected by the road network and train services, Broadstairs remains one of the most popular towns for tourists from the capital, the Home Counties and much further afield.
Accommodation is plentiful, but some of the most comfortable, family-run establishments are likely to be found by renting your own holiday let in Broadstairs.
That way, you are likely to be dealing directly with the owner – so, there is much greater chance of avoiding any booking fees. Also, owners usually go that little extra mile so it is treated as a family home, not a soulless room. And throughout your stay, you have immediately to hand the local knowledge and tips on getting to know all that Thanet has to offer directly from someone who lives there.