Whitby is a charming seaside town on the North Yorkshire coast that is famous for its fish and chips. Whitby is also known for the striking Whitby Abbey and its connection to Dracula, as well as the cobbled streets that are lined with independent shops and restaurants. Plus, there are miles of rugged, beautiful coastline around the town, making it ideal for a fishing holiday.
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The top fishing destinations in Whitby
Whitby is a lively place to visit with plenty of things to see and do. The River Esk runs through the centre of the town leading to the North Sea, and it's bordered by both cliffs and beaches, with two piers and a harbour that are all ideal for fishing. Check out our top destinations for fishing holidays in Whitby below.
1. Whitby West Pier
Known locally as Whitby West, this large stone pier is home to a good variety of fish species. Winters can be harsh in Whitby, so you'll want to pack lots of warm, waterproof gear, but it's worth it for the large cod that can be caught from the pier throughout the colder months. In the summer you'll find mackerel, pollock, and bass.
2. Sandsend Beach
This beautiful stretch of sand is also great for fishing. Coalfish and flounder can be caught in the summer months, as well as cod throughout the winter. The tide at Sandsend can come in quickly so make sure you pay attention to the water levels.
3. The River Esk
There are plenty of good fishing spots up and down the River Esk, including Danby, Egton Bridge, and Ruswarp. The river contains salmon, brown trout and sea trout, and in some places, permits may be needed which can be purchased locally. There are also a lot of inviting pubs on the river that dish up fresh seafood caught from the local shore.