Fabulous week of fishing for local anglers

Charlie Pole 15lbs Pollack from Silver Halo

Charlie Pole 15lbs Pollack from Silver Halo - Credit: John Sherlock

Despite the cold Easterly wind, anglers have been out in numbers working hard for their fish and producing some excellent results.  
The boats managed to get out before the winds picked up and the Skerries banks produced some fine Plaice, notably for Andy Browning of Honiton SAC and Kev Madeley from Kingskerswell.  
Also getting afloat was the Lowe family who fished from their own boat where the young grandsons Roman and Marcus went home happy with a couple of Plaice for their tea.  
I reported last week of a 23lb Pollack being landed from Torquay’s Silver Halo, I can now report that it was landed by Steve Gumbleton from Wells who was fishing with some friends where they used some quality tackle supplied by the skipper Matt Forrester, who gave them all tuition in slow pitch jigging. Charlie Pole also landed a Pollack of 15lbs on the same trip. 
This week saw the start of the South Devon shore league where some good fish were landed including two Bullhuss to the rod of Kev Madeley, including a best of 11lbs 9oz and a 3lbs 9oz Ballan wrasse to Graham Joiner.  
Exmouth SAC members found the Plaice feeding with Gary Bowden one of the anglers getting amongst them. Wayne Hand of Honiton SAC went in search of Thornback Rays and was not disappointed with a pair of fine specimens.  
Honiton SAC fished the first of their shore competitions, a rover and had 29 members fish, the best fish being a Lesser Spotted Dogfish for Tom Travers weighing in at 2lbs 1 1/2oz. 
The most stunning fish capture of the week must go to Matt Skelly, fishery manager at Newbarn Angling Centre where he landed the sought-after Goldie. This fish was landed for the first time in nine months during a short session surface fishing with dog biscuits. The fish was returned without weighing but seems to have put on weight over the winter and looks to be in the mid-twenties.  
Dan Carey tried something a bit different this week at Newbarn and fished from first light with ledgered prawn searching for one of the big Perch that inhabit the specimen lake and landed a surprise Eel of 3lbs 12oz.  
Upham Farm near Exeter has produced some good fish this week for Kevin and Val Austin. Kevin’s fish being a stunning Linnear Mirror Carp. Home Farm Fishery at Mamhead produced a first ever Carp for Mark Greek Cullard, a fine fish of 22lbs.  
Newton Abbot Angling Association held their first junior match last weekend with top weight going to Archie Johnson with a bag of silvers for a weight of 5.6kg, Jamie Coxall and Sam Medland taking the next two places. 
South West Lakes Trust held the first round of the Best of the Best competition at Kennick with Andy Watson taking the honours with six fish for a weight of 11lbs 13oz, Andy Gooding and Andrew Willoughby taking the next two places. If you wish to fish any of the rest of the year’s rounds, please reserve your place by calling 01566 771930 
Keep the reports coming in for the fish of the month competition to johnsherlockfish@:gmail.com, the first month’s winner will be announced next week. 
Finally this week I would like to respond to the lady who telephoned in regarding fish welfare. All responsible anglers take care of their catches and return the fish to the water as quickly as possible with the exception of a few sea fish and Trout, which are dispatched humanely and taken for the table. 
Tight lines and stay safe. 

Graham Joiner 3lbs 9oz Ballan Wrasse

Graham Joiner 3lbs 9oz Ballan Wrasse - Credit: John Sherlock

Steve Gumbleton 23lbs Pollack from Silver Halo

Steve Gumbleton 23lbs Pollack from Silver Halo - Credit: John Sherlock

Wayne Hand 2 Thornback Rays

Wayne Hand 2 Thornback Rays - Credit: John Sherlock

Andy Browning with a plaice

Andy Browning with a plaice - Credit: John Sherlock

Gary Bowden with a Plaice

Gary Bowden with a Plaice - Credit: John Sherlock

Roman and Marcus Lowe with a couple of Plaice for their tea

Roman and Marcus Lowe with a couple of Plaice for their tea - Credit: John Sherlock

Kev Madeley with a Bullhuss of 11lbs 9oz

Kev Madeley with a Bullhuss of 11lbs 9oz - Credit: John Sherlock

Mark Greek Cullard Carp from Home Farm weighing 22lbs

Mark Greek Cullard Carp from Home Farm weighing 22lbs - Credit: John Sherlock

Matt Skelly with Goldie

Matt Skelly with Goldie - Credit: John Sherlock

Matt Skelly with Goldie

Matt Skelly with Goldie - Credit: John Sherlock

Archie Johnson with a winning bag of silvers

Archie Johnson with a winning bag of silvers - Credit: John Sherlock