Angler Tom braves weather to land superb spotted ray

Tom Stebbens with a spotted ray

Tom Stebbens with a spotted ray - Credit: Submitted

Once again it seems only the hardiest of sea anglers have braved the awful conditions again this week with only a couple of fish reported.

Alex Webb with a bass

Alex Webb with a bass - Credit: Submitted

Alex Webb of Exmouth fished an evening session on a local beach using frozen black lugworm for bait and was rewarded with an early season bass which, of course, was returned.

Torbay angler Tom Stebbens hit a local rock mark making use of a small window in the weather.

Using double squid bait and targeting bull huss and conger, he was rewarded with several fish, unfortunately losing a big conger on the surface.

The effort was rewarded, however, when he landed a superb spotted ray of nearly 5lbs in weight. 

Newbarn Farm continues to produce some stunning fish with the changes to the fishery paying dividends. 

The number of pegs on the specimen pond have been reduced from 11 to just eight giving anglers more space and the fishing less pressurised.

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It is advisable to book to fish although if you turn up the other waters on the complex do contain some very nice fish.

Oakley Hunt with a common carp of 20lbs 2oz from Newbarn

Oakley Hunt with a common carp of 20lbs 2oz from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Oakley Hunt took the last available swim on Thursday and landed a superb 20lb 2oz common carp.

Caiden Porter has obviously been taking advice from his father, a recent convert to carp fishing and visited Willow Pool for the first time, landing a common carp of 8lbs 7oz.

Craig Needham with a mirror carp from Newbarn

Craig Needham with a mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Craig Needham enjoyed his session with a beautifully marked upper double figure mirror carp.

Summer Skelly with a 2lbs 3oz perch from Newbarn

Summer Skelly with a 2lbs 3oz perch from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Matt Skelly, fishery manager, has periodically been targeting perch this winter, a fun species on light tackle, and once again has been outdone by his daughter Summer, who found a fantastic specimen of 2lbs 3oz.

As I write this, we are all eagerly awaiting the Prime Minister's announcement this week of a way out of the current restrictions, hopefully travel will be allowed and other venues can be fished.

It is worth keeping an eye on the Angling Trust website and social media for information. I will, of course, update any regulations next week. 

If you do get out and about and would like to see you pictures in print please email them to me on johnsherlockfish@gmail.com or via Messenger.

Stay safe and right lines.