WHILE Weymouth’s stunning beach is a big draw, the town’s historic harbour is just as popular with locals and holidaymakers.

Although fishing employs fewer people in the area these days, local fishermen bring in a major catch.

This gives people an opportunity to experience Weymouth’s centuries old fishing business.

A huge variety of locally caught seafood is sold in cafes and restaurants along the harbour, while the Stone Pier, at the western entrance of the harbour, attracts countless anglers throughout the year.

Visitors can even get involved with fishing trips that take passengers out daily from the harbour to experience fishing at its best.

The seventeenth century harbour, which has links to the Black Death, the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War and the D-Day Landings of the Second World War is also home to some fine pubs, restaurants and businesses.

Scores of fishing boats leave and enter Weymouth’s port every day.

The workings on the quayside prove a popular attraction and the fishermen are often asked questions about their trade.

Local fisherman Matthew Warr, 31, is part of the three man crew aboard Weymouth fishing boat Amanda Jane.

He said: “Everyone’s really friendly. Visitors to Weymouth come and ask questions about what we catch, and sometimes we give them some bait.”

The Amanda Jane fishes daily from 4am till 6pm, its catch including lobsters, crabs and mackerel.

Matthew, who has been working in the fishing business since the age of 12, also said: “I love being out at sea in the open, with just a small crew and not having to answer to anyone. “ Throughout the summer daily fishing trips can be booked from businesses along the harbour, while Chesil Beach, Stone Pier and the harbour itself offer unrivalled angling locations for those of all abilities.