Coarse anglers rewarded for efforts

Elliot Fay with a 2 1/2lbs perch from Spring Ponds

Elliot Fay with a 2 1/2lbs perch from Spring Ponds - Credit: Submitted

The coarse anglers seem to have out-fished the sea anglers this week with only one picture of a sea fish sent in.

Andy Browning, of Honiton SAC, fished his local Exe estuary chasing flounders and on what appeared to be a blustery day was rewarded for his efforts with a fish of 1lb 10oz. 

With reports coming in that a few plaice were being caught from local beaches I reserved Sunday to try and catch one, the fishing gods were not with me unfortunately and sent some unfavourably strong winds.

Undeterred, I still headed for Dawlish Warren armed with 3/4lb of fresh ragworm from Torquay’s Euro Angling and braved it out for a few hours only to be catch a tiny bass. That’s fishing for you.

Spring Ponds at Rocombe saw a difficult week with ever-changing conditions keeping the carp in winter mode, however perseverance pays off and Paul Lawson fishing pond one managed to get a few feeding using sweet F1 pellets.

Adam Styles and Jason Fay fishing pond two found a few on pellets and sweetcorn respectively.

Elliot Fay fishing pond two with maggots found the perch hungry and landed a superb fish of around 2 1/2lbs, I will get one soon! 

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Matches are allowed again now with social distancing measures in place and the popular Rocombe matches are resuming on Saturday, April 3, and again on Saturday, April 10.

Please note that the fishery will be closed for pleasure fishing on these days.

Newbarn Farm is still paying dividends for the ever-patient carp angler with more 20lb plus fish hitting the bank.

Aiden Webber landed a common carp of 20lbs on a house boillie fished over a bed of boillies and pellet, not the prettiest of fish but still a 20+, a credit to the management of Matt Skelly who used his skills to great effect this week catching an unusually coloured two-toned common carp.

T J Russell fished a short session and landed a superbly marked mirror carp of 18lbs 8oz using a Zig Rig.

A reminder that it is best to book your days fishing at Newbarn to avoid disappointment, the number is 07723 035 519. 

With restrictions now being lifted and club matches resuming I anticipate a lot more photos of sea fish and ask that any club officers, or individuals who have anything to report to please contact me by email on johnsherlockfish@gmail.com.

Let’s all do our bit to promote our great sport.

It is now time to reinstate the fish of the month competition. This is open to all anglers who live in, or fish in the areas covered by these newspapers. I will need a picture of the fish with its weight and a few details of capture along with contact details of the angler. I will decide the winner, it will not necessarily be the biggest fish but will be judged on merit. Details can be sent on the above email or by messenger. A big thank you to the sponsors of this competition who will be providing the prizes, Sidewinder Lures for a sea fish and Newbarn Farm for a coarse fish. There will only be one prize per month. 

Stay safe and tight lines.

Andy Browning with a 1lb 10oz flounder from the Exe

Andy Browning with a 1lb 10oz flounder from the Exe - Credit: Submitted

Aiden Webber 21lbs 2oz common carp from Newbarn

Aiden Webber 21lbs 2oz common carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

T J  Russell with an 18lbs 8oz mirror carp from Newbarn

T J Russell with an 18lbs 8oz mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Matt Skell with a two-toned common carp from Newbarn

Matt Skell with a two-toned common carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted