Fishing through the quiet months of the season

Joseph Bulmer

February and March are often the quietest months in terms of the species and amount of fish caught, this year it is certainly the case.

The whiting have all but disappeared, I haven’t heard of a cod for weeks and the plaice and Smooth hounds have yet to make an appearance.

However, a few anglers have been putting in a bit of time and have found a few decent fish. One angler who seems to get amongst the fish is Honiton SAC member Wayne Hand, who fished Chesil Beach and managed to find a Whiting and a Dab both on the same rig and on another trip to an undisclosed mark found a sizeable Bass.

Andy Lord took a trip to the South Hams and found a nice shore-caught Thornback Ray of around 7lbs eager to take his sandeel bait mounted on a 3/0 hook and fished on a pennel rig.

The weather has been against boat angling much of the week but a couple of anglers made the most of a window of favourable weather and get afloat, notably Dave Phipps, who fished Start Bay in his own boat and had a superb day catching Blonde Rays to 14lbs, Spotted Rays to 4lbs, Huss to 13lbs as well as the usual large numbers of Dogfish using squid and sandeels for bait.

When the wind is in the South-West, boats can often get afloat in the Bristol Channel. Paignton SAC member Harry Temple put this knowledge to good use and fished aboard Michael Webber-Griffiths charter boat Teddie Boy.

He had a great day on the Spurdogs, landing a best fish of 19lbs 6oz. Also from the same boat, a regular on these pages, Saleem Ali landed probably the best fish of the week, a Thornback Ray tipping the scales at 141/2 lbs, is he after the fish of the month again?

Entries are still open for this month’s fish of the month competition kindly sponsored by sidewinder Lures and Newbarn Angling Centre. Please get your reports and pictures to Club reports can be sent to the same email address.