Advice For Sea Anglers

Sea fishing in Scotland

Scotland can offer some of the finest sea angling in the world, ranging from off-shore and inshore boat fishing, to rocks, beach, estuary, and pier angling. Sea angling in Scotland is free, with no permits or licence required to fish around our wonderful coastline.

The Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers (SFSA) is the internationally recognised governing body for fishing in Scotland. There are many Individual members in the federation, and also an extensive list of affiliated angling clubs.

With so many places to go and so many species to target we recommend that you consider the following information to help you choose your location.

Local knowledge

Anglers looking to maximise their chances of catching that big fish or 'bagging up' with lots of fish, will want to know how their chosen venue is currently fishing.

There are scores of sea angling clubs located throughout Scotland, with many of their members regularly fishing their 'club matches' they soon build up a comprehensive knowledge of where and when to fish.

Why not contact the local club for information on what's hot and what's not; this will help put you on the right mark.

With many launch sites available around the country why not bring your own boat, most slips can be used for a minimum fee, with many of them free to use. Various baits can be collected in certain areas including worms, crabs, and shellfish.

There are many tackle shops where you will find helpful advice on tackle and baits required for your chosen venue. They will also be able to assist with contact details for local clubs and charter boats available in the area.

Access to fishing marks

With hundreds of miles of fish rich coastline to explore we should remember that access is not always easy and that sometimes the only way to get there is across farm land.

Please consider farm property when trying to get to that isolated beach or rock mark. Do not block gates, or disturb livestock. It's often better to ask permission before trekking across fields.


We want all anglers to stay safe in pursuit of their sport; so please ensure that you take care when you are fishing.

Pay particular attention to tides and weather conditions; let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Please take care when fishing in public places such as piers and beaches.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland. Please get in touch soon and enjoy fishing at its best!

Gyrodactylus salaris

Prior to arrival in the UK, anglers travelling from areas which are not designated as free from the parasite Gyrodactylus salaris must take precautions to ensure that their equipment is not contaminated. For further information please click here
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Gyrodactylus salaris

Gyrodactylus salaris parasite

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