Anglers rewarded after braving bad weather

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Some say anglers are mad, fishing in all weather but my opinion is that we are a hardy bunch and are prepared to brave it out just to catch that one good fish.

One such angler is Guy Martin, who fished Paignton’s Newbarn Farm this week in a torrential downpour. He was rewarded with a 16lbs plus mirror carp for his efforts.

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Alex Webb with a 14lbs conger from Sidmouth

Alex Webb with a 14lbs conger from Sidmouth - Credit: Submitted

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Other anglers visiting this venue this week include Rachael Bowhay, who was fishing the specimen lake with her husband and totally out-fished him, landing three fish to his none, all three were new personal best fish with the biggest being a fully scaled common carp weighing in at 22lbs 5oz.

Scott Bryant got in on the action with a mirror carp of 20lbs 8oz.

Scott Bryant with a 20lbs 8oz mirror carp from Newbarn Farm

Scott Bryant with a 20lbs 8oz mirror carp from Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Elsewhere on the complex, regular sea angler James Barton tried his hand on Willow lake and caught his first carp, a fish of 4lbs 8oz. 

James Barton with his first-ever carp from Newbarn Farm

James Barton with his first-ever carp from Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

If you are new to this type of fishery, tackle is available to hire and the on site tackle shop stocks all the bait you will need.

Fishery manager Matt is always willing to give advice and help where needed.

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Spring ponds now has a new box on site for your payment envelopes and catch returns, the day ticket price is £7, please have correct money as change is not available. 

Paul Egan took his nine-year-old son Adam to Upham Farm near Westpoint, a complex of seven ponds including as specimen pond with fish up to 30lbs in residence where the youngster had a great session on the waggler using sweetcorn and hemp for bait catching bream and carp.

Well known East Devon angler Alex Webb fished Sidmouth beach using cocktail baits of squid and crab cart and caught a new personal best Conger of 14lbs.

Kev Madeley was out and about again this week and found the bull huss hungry again, fishing a local rock mark he landed six fish to 7lbs.

With an announcement expected in the next few weeks as to when restrictions will be lifted, we should now be looking forward to the spring and all that fishing has to offer.

The freshwater anglers can expect the carp and tench to start being more active as the water warms and take baits more readily.

Trout water will start opening and the fly life should be more abundant giving the fish more to feed on.

The sea angler can look forward to the arrival of one of my favourite fish the smoothhound which give a terrific fight on light tackle.

I started targeting them from a boat in the Bristol Channel last year with a carp rod and light braid mainline and landed fish well in to double figures, great fun.

Stay local, stay safe and tight lines.


Adam Egan with a carp from Upham Farm

Adam Egan with a carp from Upham Farm - Credit: Submitted

Adam Egan with a Bream from Upham Farm

Adam Egan with a Bream from Upham Farm - Credit: Submitted

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted

Kev Madeley with a 7lbs bull huss

Kev Madeley with a 7lbs bull huss - Credit: Submitted

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm

Rachael Bowhay at Newbarn Farm - Credit: Submitted