Charter skippers busy getting boats ready for anglers

Phil Mingo with a 2lb 15oz mullet

Phil Mingo with a 2lb 15oz mullet - Credit: Submitted

Fishing isn’t always about catching, it’s sometimes just about being there and enjoying the surroundings.

This week was a classic example of this, as I fished with my granddaughter Brooke-Marie Reynolds, I’m in her support bubble, on a school non-pupil day.

Staying local, we fished Newbarn Farm on a warm and sunny day and decided on Island Pool as it has plenty of silver fish in it and a few larger carp for those who want something bigger.

I fished for something bigger and failed to catch. However, Brooke fishing a whip with maggots, caught more than 20 silver fish and finished the day overjoyed that she had caught more than me. 

Island Pool did produce one of its larger specimens to Louie Russell, who fished it as a change from the Specimen Pool.

He did manage several carp from the Specimen Pool, weighing into the low 20s using his favoured zig rigs.

Plenty of other anglers found good-sized fish, this also weighing in in the high teen to the lower 20s.

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Kevin Orchard found a long, lean linnear mirror carp on a pop up.

Also featuring this week was Stephen Venner with a mirror carp and even fishery manager Matt Skelly managed to get in on the action with a beautifully marked, top condition linnear mirror carp.

The specimen lake now has the first of it’s planned floating Islands which will enhance the wildlife on the water as well as giving more cover to the fish, they will also give a natural boundary to the swims. 

Kev Madeley hit his favourite rock mark again this week finding both huss and congers feeding, although nothing huge he landed huss to 7lb and conger to 9lb.

Elsewhere, signs are that summer is on its way with some early mullet showing around our estuaries and harbours.

Phil Mingo, a bit of a mullet specialist, landed a thick-lipped mullet of 2lb 15oz.

I have been seeing reports from the South East that plaice are starting to be caught - it should not be long before we start seeing them from our beaches.

With travel restrictions due to be lifted at the end of March and the rule of six re-introduced, charter skippers are busy making sure their boats are ready for anglers. 

Shore anglers will be able to get out and about again. I can’t wait, I haven’t seen the sea yet this year. 

As ever, please send pictures and reports to johnsherlockfish@gmail.com or by messenger. 

Stay local, stay safe and tight lines.

Kev Madeley with a conger eel

Kev Madeley with a conger eel - Credit: Submitted

Kevin Orchard with a linear mirror carp from Newbarn

Kevin Orchard with a linear mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Matt Skelly with a linnear mirror carp from Newbarn

Matt Skelly with a linnear mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Louie Russell with a mirror carp from Newbarn

Louie Russell with a mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Stephen Venner with a mirror carp from Newbarn

Stephen Venner with a mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Brooke-Marie Reynolds enjoying a day at Newbarn

Brooke-Marie Reynolds enjoying a day at Newbarn - Credit: Submitted