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WitteringThe unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering has been a favourite destination for a family day out for generations. The high water quality and excellent facilities have made it one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country. So to avoid the crowds it's best to visit out of season - although windsurfers but more especially boat traffic can make for difficult and frustrating fishing. This is particularly true at East Head, the sand dune spit situated at the eastern side of the entrance to Chichester Harbour, where the water has some depth. Bass are a popular target both for bait casting and saltwater fly anglers. Golden grey mullet, mackerel and black bream can also be here in numbers during the summer months

Type of ground

The shallow shingle beach gives onto to sand/shell. Wading in the shallows and casting a fly at the school bass is a great way to spend a summer's day.


Bass, Black Bream, Mackerel, Golden Grey Mullet.


From the A27 on the south side of CHICHESTER take the A286 signed "THE WITTERINGS" and continue for about 5 miles. At the small roundabout in Birdham village, take the RIGHT fork following the brown tourist signs to "West Wittering Beach". After 2 miles you will enter West Wittering village. After passing the village shops continue for 200 yards then turn RIGHT following the brown tourist signs along the private road to the car park ticket barrier, or the manned kiosk.

Nearest tackle shop:

Southern Angling Specialists, 2 Stockbridge Pl, Stockbridge Rd, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8QH 01243 531669

Raycraft Tackle, 119 High Street, Selsey, West Sussex 01243606039

Shoreline Angling, 7 Shore Road, East Wittering, West Sussex 01243673353

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