Few who braved the weather were rewarded for efforts

Liam O'Connor with a common carp from Newbarn

Liam O'Connor with a common carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Not the best of weather this week but a few hardy souls ventured out and were rewarded for their efforts.

Both Dan Hale and Kev Madeley fished local marks with Dan finding just dogfish and whiting falling to fish baits while Kev found a few small bass, all of which were returned.

The Exe has been producing a few flounders of late with Andy Browning getting among them. 

Tom Stebbens made an early start leaving home at 4am and trekked to his favoured rock mark his reward being nice sized bull huss and ballan wrasse.

Tim Clotworthy from Exmouth Sea Anglers' Club fished a local rock mark and was also rewarded with a bull huss, this one tipping the scales at 8lbs 8oz.

Honiton SAC report that one of this year’s new members, Lewis Franklin fished a beach mark after dark, landing a fine small-eyed ray of just over 7lbs. 

The new South West Sea Fishing League has more than 30 anglers signed up and has some good sponsors, more information can be found on Facebook.

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Newbarn Farm continues to produce fish for those who are prepared to put in the time and effort, the pick of the fish this week is a beautiful fully scaled mirror carp of 11lbs 3oz falling to the rod of Andy Porter a new freshwater angler.

This fish came from Willow pool, which was the old match lake which holds a good head of roach, perch and bream as well as carp which are now going into double figures.

Other fish came from the specimen lake and include good double figure common carp to both Luke Jones and Liam O’Connor. These fish fell to ledgered boilies.

Kennick Flyfishers are getting ready for the start of their season on February 13, the reservoir will be fully stocked by then and I expect the fish to be of their usual high quality.

Tackle shops continue to be open for a click and collect service, it is worth looking at websites and Facebook pages for their opening hours.

Preston Hardware continues to be open most days of the week and stocks a good range of both sea and coarse baits including quality ragworm and peeler crabs when available.

Please keep those pictures and catch reports coming in to johnsherlockfish@gmail.com 

Stay local, stay safe and tight lines.

Tim Clotworthy with a bull huss of 8lbs 8oz

Tim Clotworthy with a bull huss of 8lbs 8oz - Credit: Submitted

Luke Jones with a common carp from Newbarn 

Luke Jones with a common carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Andy Porter with an 11lbs 3oz mirror carp from Newbarn

Andy Porter with an 11lbs 3oz mirror carp from Newbarn - Credit: Submitted

Lewis Franklin with a 7lbs+ small-eyed ray

Lewis Franklin with a 7lbs+ small-eyed ray - Credit: Submitted

Andy Browning with a flounder

Andy Browning with a flounder - Credit: Submitted

Tom Stebbens with a bull huss

Tom Stebbens with a bull huss - Credit: Submitted

Tom Stebbens with a ballan wrasse

Tom Stebbens with a ballan wrasse - Credit: Submitted