Burnham on Sea


The vast expanse of Burnham’s beaches looking up the Parrett estuary.

  Looking back from the opposite direction, with the start of Berrow Beach in the distance.

A very easy venue to get too, leave the M5 at junction 22 and follow the B3140 into the town then follow the signs to the sea front.

Access to the beach is very good, with ample parking either in the car park or on the sea front ( out of holiday season ). 

Firstly, on arrival at the venue don’t be put off by the colour of the water. It does look like a cup of fairly strong coffee ( with milk ) ! The beach forms part of the river Parrett estuary flowing into the Bristol Channel. The vast majority of the beach is sand with very few snags, however the lower reaches are prone to heavy silt deposits, ( that’s MUD to you and me ) if there has been a long spell of fairly calm weather leading up to your visit, the mud will be thicker.

You have been warned !  Do not forget your wellies, waders etc.

Most people tend to fish the incoming tide, as the tide increases the conditions under foot will improve, until you will be fishing from clean sand.

Good sport in the winter months with Cod, Whiting, Flounder and Dab, and Rays, Sole and Bass a good possibility when the water warms up. 

Tackle is pretty standard, you won’t need tons of lead. Apart from the odd snag, which are very few and far between, you stand to loose more from cracking off.  6oz grip leads are the norm, there is no reason to need more than that.  Rigs are the usual selection of general shore fishing rigs. Don’t forget your tripod, monopods or spikes are likely to get pulled over by the current

Your Bait selection should include some if not all of the following;-

Lugworm ( both types ) – RagwormSquidCrabMackerel – and any thing else you fancy trying.