The Island provides a wealth of shore and boat fishing, and sheltered conditions can always be found, Bass are the main quarry for beach anglers.
Due to strong tides on the north coast and lack of harbours on the south coast, the visiting angler would be best advised to arrange boat trips with one of the local charter skippers working out of Yarmouth or Bembridge.
There are a large number of fishing clubs on the island.
With two centres based on the Isle of Wight and on the mainland near Southampton, Specialist Flying School offers an excellent service which we think you'll find second to none. Whether it's hi-tech helicopters or vintage bi-planes you are interested in, they can offer you an exhilarating experience with a unique fleet of aircraft.
Specialist Flying School, Embassy Way, Isle of Wight Airport, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JP
Tel: 01983 402402
Birnie Air Services, IW Airport, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JP
Tel: 01983 408374
Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club
The Fairway Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 9PR
Tel: 01983 403217
More of a heath-land course, with gorse, bracken and heather, this is arguably the top golf club on the Island. The terrain would seem to be a natural golf course, although it was in fact built on Lake and Blackpan Commons - originally grazing land - and the layout of the course has changed quite a bit since World War I. For instance, the present 14th, 15th and 16th are later additions, the course boundary being the back of the 13th green, 3rd tee and the right of the 17th. There was once a hole from (roughly) the present 10th tee, down over the sandpit to a green the other side of the track. Nowadays you cannot see anything in that direction except trees.
Sandown has just about everything - par three over water - par three to a narrow green on the side of a hill - par four over a valley and two bunkers to reach the fairway - blind drives - longish carry drives - up-hill holes - down-hill holes - bunkers - trees - gorse - rough (some with heather) - elevated tees - pro's shop and a first class club house, where a good lunch can be purchased. Well worth the slightly higher green fee.
Ventnor Golf Club
Steephill Down Rd, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1BP
Tel: 01983 853326
A downland course, with six of the first nine holes on a slope, left to right going out and the reverse coming back. Two of these are only played once, since additional holes and greens were built a few years ago. Instead of playing the ninth as a dogleg, play straight on to the new green. The tenth and eleventh are new holes, one out and one back to the clubhouse. So instead of the first being the tenth, second time round, it becomes the twelfth and hence the two holes at the far end of the course are not played during the second nine. Confused? Ventnor makes good use of different tees for the second nine holes - this can make them play entirely differently.
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