Anglers asked to sling their hooks elsewhere!

Watchet Harbour Committee is appealing to anglers to use the historic port’s West Pier for sea fishing and not the marina’s East Quay.

Cllr Dave Westcott, West Somerset Council’s representative on the committee, explained: “While we’re delighted that the harbour is used for a wide range of leisure activities, we need to make sure that we look after everyone’s best interests.

“Currently, people are fishing off the East Quay at a pinch-point where boats enter and leave the marina. Crews have been hit by weights when people cast out and lines have become entangled with propellers, which is bad news for both anglers and mariners.

“There is a safe fishing area on West Pier just opposite East Quay, so we are asking anglers, in the nicest possible way, to sling their hooks over there.

“We want everyone to safely enjoy the great facilities we have in Watchet so we sincerely hope that people will take heed before serious incident occurs and a person is hurt or property is really damaged.”

The marina’s esplanade has been redeveloped in recent years and the harbour has a loyal following of local boat owners as well as playing host to visiting craft. It is home to the Watchet Coastguard Service and is used by local clubs such as the sea scouts.

Cllr Westcott added: “We have a good community spirit in the town and I hope that a bit of guidance may avert any potential future problems for anglers and boat owners alike.”