Angling in Dover
Why is there an age restriction for fishing the Southern Breakwater?
Due to Health and Safety regulations, the minimum age for fishing the Southern Breakwater is 16, if accompanied by an adult, or 18 unaccompanied.
When is the Southern Breakwater open?
The Southern Breakwater is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting (excluding Christmas and New Year). The Motor Boat leaves at 8am from the Dumphead Pontoon – outside the Lifeboat Station and returns at 3:30pm.
Why is the Southern Breakwater closed in bad weather?
Due to the exposed nature of this Pier, it is sometimes necessary to close it when bad weather is forecast. This is for the anglers own saftey as heavy seas do wash over the Pier and it is not uncommon for tackle and even sometimes anglers to get washed over. Bad weather is considered to be whenever a Force 7 or above is issued by the Met Office in the Shipping Forecast, irrespective of direction. George Hammond Motor Boats do not have any jurisdiction as to when and when not to take anglers. This is entirely governed by the Met Office and Dover Harbour Board.
Where can I fish on the Southern Breakwater?
Fishing is permitted in any of the numbered pegs in the middle of the Pier, either landward or seaward side. Fishing in the Batteries is only permitted on the landward side and then only after seeking permission from the Patrolman. Fishing beyond the gates or any other area indicated as Out of Bounds is strictly prohibited. Anyone found not adhering to the rules will be ejected from the Pier at their own cost.
Can I fish the Southern Breakwater at any other time?
Private parties and Fishing Clubs are quite welcome to book the Southern Breakwater for their own use at any time. There is a minimum charge of £100 per booking, or £10 per head when there are over 10 people. To book the Southern Breakwater, please contact either the Clubhouse on 01304 204722 or Allan Edgington on 01304 822864.
What facilities are there on the Southern Breakwater?
Available facilities are minimal and basic. Ladies and Gents toilets are available at either end of the Pier and there is a Canteen at the Eastern end offering hot & cold drinks and a small selection of confectionary.
When is the Admiralty Pier open?
The Admiralty Pier is open at various times, depending on the time of year. Day time sessions run from 8am to 4pm throughout the year, while evening sessions run from 4pm to 9pm during the Summer months. All night sessions run from 6pm to 6am every Friday and Saturday only.
After fishing on the Admiralty Piers all day, why do I have to pay again to stay on?
Fishing on the Admiralty Pier is on a Per Session basis. Sessions run from 8am to 4pm and 4pm to 9pm in the Summer. To continue fishing after 4pm, another Session fee must be paid.
Why is the Admiralty Pier Extension sometimes closed?
It is necessary to close the Extension (second half) of the Admiralty Pier during the Summer when there is a Cruise Liner due in on Berth 2. Dover Harbour Board insist on the closure due to security reasons.
How can I find out when the Admiralty Pier Extension will be closed?
The Cruise Liner schedule can be found at www.doverport.co.uk under Cruises. In order to determine if the Extension will be closed, look to see if there are two or more ships due to be in on the day in question. This will be a good indication as to whether the Extension will be closed. However, The Cruise timetable is subject to late change and Dover Sea Angling Association has no control over the production of this timetable or any unadvertised changes made to it.
Are there any facilities on the Admiralty Pier?
Facilities on the Admiralty Pier are minimal and basic. There is a Ladies and Gents toilet half way along the Pier and a small Canteen at about the same point. Dover Sea Angling Association do not run the Canteen and therefores cannot be responsible for opening times and cannot guarantee it will be open at any set time. When open, the Canteen doest provide hot & cold drinks, some confectionary and limited hot snacks.
Why is the Admiralty Pier sometimes closed?
It is sometimes necessary to close the Admiralty Pier in adverse and dangerous weather conditions. This is for the anglers own protection as in high winds, the sea can wash over the top of the Pier, potentially causing damage and therefore putting lives at risk. On other occasions, the Admiralty Pier maybe closed early due to no anglers being present. This is generally more likely earlier in the year.
Where is the Clubhouse located?
The Clubhouse is situated near the roundabout at the Dover end of Folkestone Road/York Street. There is a small Council Car Park opposite or limited street parking nearby.
Who can visit the Clubhouse?
Full Members can visit at any time on productions of their Membership Card at the door. Non Members are permitted when accompanied by a Full Member (max 2 per member).
When is the Clubhouse open?
The Clubhouse is open Monday to Friday 10:30am to 4pm and again from 7pm to 11pm. It is also open Saturdays from 10:30am through to 11pm and Sundays from 12noon to 4pm and again from 7pm to 10:30pm.
What does the Clubhouse have to offer?
You are welcome to use all the facilities which include a Pool Table, Fruit Machines, Darts, TV, plus a considerable range ov beverages at Club prices with light meals also available at lunchtimes and Friday and Saturday evenings. There is also regular FREE entertainment on offer, usually at the weekends. For more information, contact the Clubhouse directly on 01304 204722.
Can the Clubhouse be hired for private functions?
The Clubhouse has a small Function Room available for hire with a maximum capacity of 70 guests. The room is equipped with a full working Bar and can be hired Saturday to Thursday. Catering can be provided for cold buffets and entertainment can also be organised. For more information and rates, please contact the Clubhouse directly on 01304 204722.
Where is the Bluebirds Restaurant located?
The Bluebirds Restauarant was built on the ground previously used by the Association for weighing-in facilities after angling events. The Restaurant can be found on the Service Road along Snargate Street (A20) and has a licensed Banqueting Suite, plus Restaurant offering a vast range of catering and entertainment facilities.
What does the Bluebirds Restaurant offer?
The Bluebirds Restaurant regularly caters for functions such as Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Funerals, Hen & Stag Nights, Retirements, Luncheons, Formal Dinners, Speakers Dinners, Birthday Parties, Family & Friend Reunions and basically anything else you can think of! There is a vast array of menu options available with the capability to cater for any special dietary requirements.
How big is the Restaurant and how many people can it cater for?
The carpeted Banqueting Suite incorporates a stage, fully licensed Bar and provides seating for up to 250 guests or 300 for a Buffet. This can be booked for special events such as Weddings, Conferences, Dinners, Dances, Seminars, Presentations and so forth. The smaller Restaurant can set up to 80 guests for Dinners, Luncheons, Parties etc.
Can Bluebirds be booked for Business functions?
The Bluebirds Restaurant offers a competitive rate for Conferences or Training Sessions, witho or without catering. Flip Charts, Pens, Television, Video/DVD Player, Overhead Projector with Laser Pen, Large Screen and Multi-use Mobile Table can also be provided.
When can I make a booking and how can I do it?
The Restaurant is available for booking 7 days a week by arrangement for groups of over 25 people. The terms of hire for the Banqueting Suite is avaialble on request. For all enquiries and bookings, please contact the Bluebirds management directly on either 01304 226586 or 07808 870041.
Why do I have to become a Member when fishing the Dover Piers?
It is a Legal requirement that anyone fishing from either the Admiralty Pier or Southern Breakwater has to be a Member of the Association. This can be in the form of either a Full Member or a Pier Member.
How do I become a Member?
See our Membership page to download an application form today.
How much does it cost to become a Member?
- Full Junior Membership (under 16) currently costs £7 a year.
- Full Senior Membership currently costs £15 a year (Joint £16).
- Full Senior Citizen Membership (over 65) currently costs £7.50 a year (Joint £8.50).
- Senior Citizens over 70 with 5 years previous Membership is now FREE!!!
All subscriptions are renewable at 1st January. Pier Membership is currently £6 for Adults, £3 for Junior/Senior Citizens, payable yearly on your first visit after the renewal date.
What is the difference between a Full Member and a Pier Member?
It is a legal requirement that anyone fishing from either the Admiralty Pier or Southern Breakwater has to be a Member of the Association. Pier Members pay an initial session fee of £6 (Adults) or £3 (Juniors/Senior Citizens) and any subsequent visit during the membership year is charged at the advertised session rate Pier Members are also not entitled to access the Clubhouse unless accompanied by a Full Member. Full Members enjoy a reduced sessions rate throughout the year when fishing either Pier, plus unrestricted access to the Clubhouse and entertainment. Full Members also receive regular Newsletters, Competition Entry Forms and all other notices issued by the Association.