A new record as spring arrives

Joseph Bulmer

Spring seems to have arrived and although temperatures are a little below the seasonal average, they have risen enough to get the fish feed and none more so than at Newbarn Farm, Paignton, this week with the capture of a new fishery record, a superb conditioned fish of 31lbs 2oz to regular angler Louie Russell.

This is the first 30lbs+ fish since the death of a fish known as Queenie several years ago.

Fishery manager Matt Skelly was among the action again this week with a short session after work producing another mirror carp of 26lbs. Both these fish took surface baits, another sign that the water is warming.

Newcomer to Newbarn, Julian Hatton, landed a common carp, caught on a ledgered boilie.

I took a trip to Spring Ponds at Rocombe and found Jason Fay polishing his match tactics landing many carp to 6lbs using a pole baited with pellet tight to the far bank. I was searching for the perch again with no luck but did have a few consolation carp.

Phil Elliot was fishing bread flake beneath a carp waggler and in successive cast landed two chubbto about 4lbs, a rare fish in stillwater.

Alex Webb took a break from his usual sea angling and visited Goodiford Mill near Cullompton, a prolific water and one known for its match angling. He had a good day with carp to 9lbs 2oz using the new 2CG bait from Carp a Diem.

Alan Riddell fished from a boat at Kennick Reservoir and on a chillier day was rewarded with a bag of six hard fighting rainbow trout, all caught on a sink tip line with a black UV tadpole or Orange tadpole fly.

Calmer weather has seen a few anglers getting out on private boats this week with Saleem Ali once again taking the honours with a personal best pollack of 15lbs and brace of cod just under the 10lbs mark.

Dan Batten had a great day on the Skerries Bank catching blonde rays,. Unfortunately, none were weighed but the largest looks to be a high double figure fish.

Also fishing the Skerries was Brixham angler Shay Upham who found the very tasty plaice in a feeding mood.

We should soon be seeing them caught from the shore. I have some sketchy reports that the first smoothounds have been caught from the Bristol Channel, I will there on April 1 hopefully getting some pictures.

A couple of fish reported from the shore this week are a superb 10 1/2lbs Bull Huss to the rod of Jamie Clark fishing at Budleigh Salterton and Junior Kerri Browning of Honiton SAC a Flounder from a local estuary.

I am pleased to report this week that after intense discussions with government officials the Angling Trust has confirmation that night fishing, charter boat fishing and matches will be able to resume from March 29 under new Covid guidance.

This is great news for all clubs and charter boat skippers.

A reminder that he clocks go forward this weekend giving us all an opportunity for a short evening session, please keep those pictures and reports coming in to johnsherlockfish@gmail.com

For the moment stay local, stay safe and tight lines.