Re: Shore Angling
I've been a mad keen angler since I was 10 (26 years ago!). Used to predominantly fish rivers and lakes. Got seriously into carp angling and would ride/bus all over the place until I was old enough to drive. Over the last 10-15 years carp fishing has taken off massively to the point where the banks are full with guys with all the latest gear and no etiquette.
As a result I drifted away from freshwater fishing although in truth that may have happened anyway as there was was not a great deal left for me to do (nine different 40lb carp to 49 1/2lb, Pike to just under 30lb).
2 years ago I bought a boat with my Dad and we are giving sea fishing a good go. It's pretty exciting starting from fresh again as my sea fishing knowledge is pretty basic. I have had the odd poor trip out but 90% we boat a good few fish.
I'm in Bournemouth and keep my boat in Poole Harbour, that's probably outside of your intended area. There's always a local forum (some you need to be a paid up member of). It's worth it because you will learn much faster than trying things alone. People will generally give you advice on locations and technique although understandably they won't give you all their secrets.
First, look at a map and choose where you can realistically go fishing. Then google search sea fishing with that town or counties name. That should bring up any local club. Or just type in 'sea angling club (insert place)'. Sea angling is a big sport and their will be hundreds of club members.
From the shore in that area, Rays are going to be the most prevalent decent fish you will catch. The odd smoothhound will come within range as well as smaller species. Fishing off the rocks could see wrasse and similar fish with the odd smaller pollock around. Generally sea fish are migratory so different fish will be present at different times of the year. That's half the learning curve, nothing worse than fishing for a fish that has bu66ered off to the Atlantic 2 months ago.
This time of year summer species have started to arrive. Bream are to be found around rocky patches on the sea bed and the mackerel should be starting to arrive in numbers.
Good time iof the year to start!