Monster skate the highlight of a quiet fishing week

Joseph Bulmer

Fishing has been superb this year but we had to have a week when thing go a bit quiet and it seem this past week was the one.

Mackerel are still being caught around Brixham Harbour with lure angler Tony White finding the eager to take his pink jig. Exmouth SAC are targeting Wrasse for their February species hunt, a few have been caught from the usual rock mark, although nothing of any real size.

Daniel Patrick has also been targeting this species and landed a few in difficult conditions with a coloured sea. A few reports are coming in of the odd ray being caught, Thornbacks from the Salcombe area and Small Eyed from East Devon.

A fishing pal of mine, Exeter’s Pete Gregory, this week travelled to the west coast of Scotland in search of Common Skate and has been rewarded with several fish, including a new personal best of 212lbs, a truly magnificent fish.

Spring Ponds at Rocombe are busy preparing for summer. Having completed some maintenance around the ponds last week, they have now stocked pond two with some small carp, which, when settled in, should give good sport on light gear.

This pond is closed until March 11th but pond one remains open and is fishing well, particularly on warmer days, when up to 60lbs of fish have been caught in a session. Pole fished pellet is the preferred method for the carp, whilst maggot and pellet are finding the silver fish.

I popped into Newbarn Angling Centre in Paignton this week to have a look around and unfortunately left my phone in the car ,so could not get a picture of regular angler Bob Wooster landing a common Carp, the successful method being ledgered boillies. Some excellent roach up to about a pond have been taken from the specimen lake on maggots, Island lake is also fishing well for silvers, also on maggot.

There is still plenty of time to get your photos and catch reports in for our fish of the month competition, which is kindly sponsored by Newbarn Angling Centre and Sidewinder Lures. Please email them to