Fishing open - and siblings landing fine fish within seconds of each other

Charley and Sarah Fowler with their carp

Charley and Sarah Fowler with their carp - Credit: Archant

The news from the Government this week that some sports - including tennis, golf, some water sports and fishing - are open is welcome news to many as an important part of our physical and mental wellbeing.

Mathew Forester with a pollack

Mathew Forester with a pollack - Credit: Archant

We are now allowed to travel and fish but I believe caution must be followed as many car parks are still closed, making access to some beaches difficult if not impossible.

We are advised by the Angling Trust not to fish piers and breakwaters as this makes social distancing all but impossible,

I'm sure most of us have a favourite spot tucked away somewhere that we can hide ourselves away and enjoy our sport.

Some charter boats are beginning to operate but with the current guidance being only to meet up with one person outside your family and to keep two metres apart, they are only taking one angler at a time - Silver Halo, operating from Torquay, being one of them.

Mathew Forester with a cod

Mathew Forester with a cod - Credit: Archant

Newbarn Angling Centre is now the only day ticket water in Paignton as is now open but must be contacted prior to fishing.

Town Parks Fishery is now a members-only water.

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We will have to travel a little further afield to find a selection of fisheries.

Spring Ponds near Newton Abbot and Upham Farm near Exeter are operating a booking and online payment system with Luccombes Fishery at Exminster allowing you to just turn up and fish.

Exeter Angling Club waters are open for members only with no day tickets issued at present.

Newton Abbot Fishing Association waters are also open.

For those who prefer to fly fish again, travelling is a must with most private waters being open with South West Lakes Trust waters offering day tickets from yesterday, Wednesday, May 20.

Bait may well be a problem for many but the local tackle shops are trying to help as much as they can.

Brixham Bait and Tackle and Torquay's Euro Angling and Hookzonline are both offering a phone and collect service while Preston Hardware is getting supplies of fresh sea baits.

Tackle Trader in Newton Abbot is offering a next day delivery service but only in the Newton Abbot area.

Newbarn Angling Centre reports that the carp are feeding well, with brother and sister Charley and Sarah Fowler both landing fine fish within seconds of each other.

Local charter skipper Mathew Forester took his boat Silver Halo out of Torquay on his own find in pollack and cod on the wrecks.

Many local anglers are travelling to the quieter beaches and rock of the South Hams and East Devon with reports of plaice and smooth hounds being caught although not all anglers are catching.

I had a short fishless session locally although I did see a small shoal of mackerel. The signs are good for the coming weeks.

For any more information on boats, fisheries and tackle shops, websites and Facebook pages are being kept up to date with the latest information.

It's also worth looking at the Angling Trust website for their latest guidance on fishing within the Government guidelines.

I'm sure many of you reading this will have wet a line in the last week or so, please if you have any pictures of your catches send them to me via my Facebook page so that I can add them to my weekly reports.

Tight lines and stay safe.