Anglers out and about as restrictions come to an end

Gordon Richards with a 22lbs spurdog - a new personal best

Gordon Richards with a 22lbs spurdog - a new personal best - Credit: Submitted

After three months of lockdown, the anglers have been keen and the fish hungry.

Charter boats have at last managed to get afloat albeit with a smaller group of anglers on board than in normal circumstances.

Matthew Forrester, skipper of Torquay’s Silver Halo, hit the wrecks this week finding plenty of plump pollack for his crews.

The pick of the catch was a 16lbs fish for him, caught on a blue Sindwinder slow jig and one of 11lbs for Paignton angler Neil Smith on a Sidewinder lure.

Gordon Richard fished a private boat and found spurdogs landing two new personal best fish of 21lbs and 22lbs.

Phil Donohue, of Honiton SAC, managed to get afloat searching for plaice and found them in a feeding mood before the easterly winds set in.

Other Honiton anglers getting among the fish this week included Nick Fox, also with plaice, and Paul Munday with a superb shore-caught smalleyed ray from an east Devon beach.

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Elsewhere on the beaches and rocks, plaice are now being caught although not in large numbers but are worth searching for.

Kev Madeley has been out searching for bull huss and found a shore-caught fish of 10lbs 10oz from a Torbay rock mark.

Keen mullet angler Phil Mingo managed a couple of sessions this week in one of the local estuaries and fishing with bread landed several thick lipped mullet including a fish of 3lbs 8oz. 

A surprise fish this week, a 2lbs 8oz sea trout, caught and released from Goodrington to the rod of David Thornton.

Newbarn Farm continues to fish well with plenty of fish coming to the net this week. Regulars Aiden Webber and Louie Russel landed fish of 20lbs+ and 17lbs 8oz respectively to boillies fished in the margins.

Ben Carlisle took his first trip there for over a year and was pleased with a fish of around 20lbs.

I fished a few hours at Newbarn on Sunday with my wife and granddaughter and was pleased to see several other families out enjoying the surroundings, peace and fishing. A lovely place to be on a sunny day.

If you want to give it a try or want to book a peg on the specimen lake, give them a call on 07723 035 519.

Upham Farm near Crealy Adventure Park is another great place to visit, with its specimen lake and six other ponds giving something for everyone. Again, you need to book to fish while restrictions remain, the number is 07971 827 552 between 7am and 7pm.

The pick of the fish from here this week being carp of 28lbs and 26lbs for Simon White and a 20lbs+ for Dean Brown.

Spring Ponds held their first match of the year on Saturday in difficult, blustery conditions with Alfie Dyke taking first place with a bag of 25lbs 10oz all caught on pellet from peg 10.

South West Lakes Trust report a rod of average of just under three fish on this stunning water.

They continue to stock regularly and I am sure the average will rise along with the temperatures. 

Booking in advance through the website is essential for a day’s fishing.

Our fish of the month competition has now started and there are a couple of good contenders already. Please send your catch reports and pictures to johnsherlockfish@gmail.com

It may not be the biggest fish that wins but each catch will be judged on merit. One prize a month will be awarded with Newbarn Farm giving a 24-hour ticket and Sidewinder Lures supplying the sea prize.

Stay safe and tight lines.

Simon White with a 26lbs common carp from Upham Farm

Simon White with a 26lbs common carp from Upham Farm - Credit: Submitted

Kev Madeley with a 10lbs 10oz bull huss

Kev Madeley with a 10lbs 10oz bull huss - Credit: Submitted

David Thornton with a 2lbs 8oz sea trout from Goodrington

David Thornton with a 2lbs 8oz sea trout from Goodrington - Credit: Submitted

Paul Munday with a shore-caught small eyed ray from East Devon

Paul Munday with a shore-caught small eyed ray from East Devon - Credit: Submitted

Nick Fox with a shore-caught plaice from East Devon

Nick Fox with a shore-caught plaice from East Devon - Credit: Submitted

Louie Russell with a 17lbs 8oz mirror carp from Newbarn Farm

Louie Russell with a 17lbs 8oz mirror carp from Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Aiden Webber with a stunning 20lbs+ mirror carp from Newbarn Farm

Aiden Webber with a stunning 20lbs+ mirror carp from Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Ben Carlilse with a common carp from Newbarn Farm

Ben Carlilse with a common carp from Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Phil Mingo with a 3lbs 8oz thick lipped mullet

Phil Mingo with a 3lbs 8oz thick lipped mullet - Credit: Submitted

Phil O'Donohue with a boat-caught plaice

Phil O'Donohue with a boat-caught plaice - Credit: Submitted

Dan Brown with a 20lbs+ common carp from Upham Farm

Dan Brown with a 20lbs+ common carp from Upham Farm - Credit: Submitted