Strong winds and rain saw a quieter week for anglers with only the hardy venturing out and braving it.

Stuart Lawley with a dragonetStuart Lawley with a dragonet

Spring Ponds at Rocombe had their second match last week with Freddie Holding being the top angler with a weight of 24lb 4oz of carp, all being caught in the margins. Graham Fay took second only 8oz behind with Adam Styles and Alan Crouch taking the next two places.

The top bait was pellet and it didn’t seem to matter whether it was on the float or bomb.

From now there is no need to book you can just turn up and leave your money in an envelope in the box provided, with your registration number. Remember to take your Environment Agency licence as the bailiffs make regular checks.

A quieter week at Newbarn Farm with the windy conditions putting the fish down, I managed a short pleasure session there and had a good bag of Bream and carp from the margins of Willow Pool on a pellet feeder.

Freddie Holding at RocombeFreddie Holding at Rocombe

Mackerel have started to show in better numbers in the evenings, they are chasing whitebait, there should be some good-sized bass not far behind.

It is not always the size of the fish that matters as was discovered by Damien Fryer who loves his light rock fishing (LRF). He fished some rock pools around the Bay catching many blennies. Stuart Lawley visited Blackpool Sands where he fished a wishbone rig baited with fresh lugworm and landed a dragonet.

Kennick Flyfishers fished round five of their Snowbee top rod competition at Clatworthy reservoir on Sunday. Thirteen anglers caught 60 fish for a total weight of 130lbs. The winner was junior Angler Alex Venn with Darren Penfold and Mike Steer taking the next two places. The top flies seemed to be orange blobs and anything with green in them.

The charter boats have remained tied up all week and with better weather forecast from Tuesday are looking for a good week’s fishing.

The news came through this week that DEFRA have backed down from their ‘absurd and illogical’ charter boat ban. Tight lines and stay safe.