Smile says it all as Shay lands fantastic fish

Shay Upham with a couches bream.

Shay Upham with a couches bream. - Credit: John Sherlock

More than 20 species including bass, mackerel, gurnards, rays, wrasse and mullet were caught by members of Exmouth Sea Angling Club when they fished a recent shore competition.

With the winner Mike scoring an impressive 126 points with Tim Parsons of Exmouth's Hook, Line and Tackle taking second spot, all fish were caught in the local area.

Lure anglers are still getting among the bass with Damion Fryer once again found them in the Exe on a shore jig and Chris Whittle, fishing Slapton, found one measuring 50cm.

Mullet have been the target of Tony White from Totnes, who fished the Dart with his daughter Maizie where they both landed thick-lipped mullet while Tom Stebbens tried his luck spinning for thin-lipped mullet with a spinner tipped with ragworm, landing several good fish from a South Devon river.

The travelling angler has done well this with the pick of the fish coming to the rod of Shay Upham once again. He travelled to Penzance and fished aboard charter boat Lo Kie where he landed a fantastic couches bream of 4lb 10oz. His smile in the picture tells it all.

John Nichols fished Lewis Hodder’s Pegasus out of Lyme Regis where he landed his first undulate ray weighing in at 13lbs 8oz.

Darren Law fished out of Watchet and found a hungry blonde ray of 12lbs 8oz eager to take his mackerel bait.

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I managed to get out this week, travelling to Minehead to fish aboard Mike Webber-Griffiths' boat Teddie Boy and what a day I had!

Having struggled all year to catch a small-eyed ray, I ended the day with 11 of the species up to about 9lbs along with congers, smoothhounds and blonde rays.

Another angler on the boat landed six spotted rays among his mixed bag of fish. 

Shore anglers are still reporting mackerel, bass and a few smoothhounds being caught.

Kyle Blackmore fished Chesil beach finding several Dover soles over a couple of sessions, now is the prime time for this tasty fish.

Newbarn Angling Centre is still fishing well with fish coming to both bottom- and surface-fished baits.

The Tackle shop is still expanding and has just taken a delivery of NGT tackle.

Don’t forget our fish of the month competition kindly sponsored by Newbarn Angling Centre and Sidewinder Lures. Please send any pictures and catch reports to johnsherlockfish@gmail.com

John Sherlock with a smoothhound caught out of Minehead.

John Sherlock with a smoothhound caught out of Minehead. - Credit: John Sherlock

John Sherlock with a small-eyed ray caught out of Minehead

John Sherlock with a small-eyed ray caught out of Minehead - Credit: John Sherlock

Chris Whittle with a bass from Slapton

Chris Whittle with a bass from Slapton. - Credit: John Sherlock

Damion Fryer with a bass from the Exe

Damion Fryer with a bass from the Exe. - Credit: John Sherlock

A 13lbs 8oz undulate ray caught out of Lyme Regis

A 13lbs 8oz undulate ray caught out of Lyme Regis - Credit: John Sherlock

Kyle Blackmore with two soles

Kyle Blackmore with two soles - Credit: John Sherlock

Tony White with a  thick-lipped mullet.

Tony White with a thick-lipped mullet. - Credit: John Sherlock

Darren Law's blonde ray caught out of Exmouth.

Darren Law's blonde ray caught out of Exmouth. - Credit: John Sherlock

Tom Stebbens with a thin-lipped mullet.

Tom Stebbens with a thin-lipped mullet. - Credit: John Sherlock