Angling: Much better week with calmer weather

Jordon McKenzie with a thin-lipped mullet

Jordon McKenzie with a thin-lipped mullet - Credit: Archant

A much better week for sea anglers with the calmer weather. Rock marks and beaches have been busy and the charter boats have been hitting the wrecks and banks again.

Mark Halson with 16lb conger eel

Mark Halson with 16lb conger eel - Credit: Archant

Bass and wrasse have been caught from various rock marks on lures giving great sport for those lucky enough to find them.

Mackerel are still showing in good numbers although they are there on one tide and not the next as I discovered when trying to get a few for bait and failing miserably. The smoothhounds seem to have moved on but may well turn up again.

Mark Halson visited Brixham Breakwater with his partner Beki and after catching a few mackerel for bait, they fished for the congers landing a fish of 16lb. Saleem Ali and Jordon McKenzie, on his first mullet fishing trip, fished a local estuary and had a terrific session landing several thin-lipped mullet to about 3lb.

Sean Pedley, skipper of Our Joe'l, is pleased to get out on the water again, finding pollack on the wrecks and plaice and rays on the banks, with a surprise sea trout of 5lb falling to the rod of Kevin.

A 8lb 14oz pollack for Sean Gollop on Silver Halo

A 8lb 14oz pollack for Sean Gollop on Silver Halo - Credit: Archant

Matt Forrester and his boat Silver Halo have been finding the bass and pollock including one of 8lb 14oz for Shaun Gollop on one of the New Sidewinder Candyking lures. Chris Roberts and Anglo Dawn, out of Salcombe, also fished the banks, finding plaice with Clive landing a fine small-eyed ray.

Jon Roberts took his kayak out with great success catching mackerel, gurnards and small pollock.

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Kennick Flyfishers report some fine rainbow trout are still being caught. Some members visited Roadford where Mike Stone and Bill Handle had fun catching perch on the fly.

Both Newbarn Farm Fishery and Spring Ponds report consistent sport this week with the Newbarn fish falling to both boilies and surface-fished baits.

Plaice on Anglo Dawn

Plaice on Anglo Dawn - Credit: Archant

Pellet still seem to be the favoured method at Spring Ponds with anglers catching good bags of fish.

Invited to Padstow to fish aboard Lee Wicks' boat, Emma Kate, I had a great day in horrendous conditions catching many different species including haddock and 12 pollock in two hours. I followed this with as trip on Teddie Boy out of Minehead where rays, smoothhounds and tope were all landed.

Tight lines and stay safe.

Gurnard for Jon Roberts on his kayak

Gurnard for Jon Roberts on his kayak - Credit: Archant

Kevin with his 5lb sea trout

Kevin with his 5lb sea trout - Credit: Archant

Blonde Ray on Our Joe'l

Blonde Ray on Our Joe'l - Credit: Archant

Saleem Ali caught a thin-lipped mullet

Saleem Ali caught a thin-lipped mullet - Credit: Archant