Barton is the nearest stretch of beach to Loni’s. Although there is not much beach left due to the rock sea defences to protect the cliffs from disappearing, Barton is still fishable all the way along even from the rock groynes.
The main species you are likely to encounter would be Bass, Rays, Sole and Turbot along with Smoothounds, Dogfish, Pout, Whiting and the occasional Cod. This all depends on the time of year for example Sole tend to be caught in the late summer early autumn whereas Turbot are generally seen around spring and into the summer. Rays can be caught at varying times dependant on species, however Undualtes are getting caught on and off year round!
Barton’s rocks offer a fantastic venue to fish with lures whether it be plugs, spinners or the ever popular shads. Pete popped down one evening and caught 7 Bass in the space of an hour! We’ve always tended to use shads as they often offer the best action with minimal effort.
Over the years many anglers have used a simple running ledger rig with big bait such as Sandeels, Mackerel and Blueys. These anglers are often perched on the end of a groyne and simply flick the rig out targeting patrolling Bass that can be found within feet of the groyne.
Sole is another big target fish here with boats fishing of an evening less than half a mile from the shoreline. A paternoster/flapper rig with worm baits has to be our number one choice although many anglers like Lugworm which is also successful and we know of an experienced angler that always purchases Ragworm with excellent results. A top tip would be to ensure your rig is hard on the bottom. This can be achieved either by using metal booms, a split shot on the snood/hooklength or simply allowing the tide to take some extra line really pinning the rig down to the sea bed.
If your desire is to target bigger fish generally then use a Pulley Rig with Sandeel, Blueys and Mackerel baits. The rig’s mechanics help when playing larger fish. Another rig to use that you can also land large fish on would be a 1 up 1 down with a larger bait on the bottom hook and a smaller bait above that covering all the bases for every cast. It sounds simple but it works.
Barton is good for fishing on any tide and weed is not generally an issue, although I would prefer to fish on a rising tide up to high water. So if high water was at 10pm then I would plan to be there for around 7pm and would probably end up leaving by 11pm.
The downside to this venue is the walk back up the hill/cliff. The slope is far from dangerous but reasonably step and never ending (so it seems). There are benches along the way if you think you’ll need a rest.
A great plus for Barton is the parking as we’ll park on the road for free providing there is space right next to the slope. It can be a bit harder in the summer but we generally find somewhere.
If you’re planning to fish from the rocks take extra care, especially in low light conditions. Taking a light is always helpful. We wear life jackets just to be safe….