Mackerel and bass have been the mainstay of the shore fishing around the Bay this week and have provided great sport for local and visiting anglers alike.

Bob Wooster with a 25lb mirror carpBob Wooster with a 25lb mirror carp

Gary Hill fished Brixham Breakwater, float fishing with mackerel strip for bait and landed a surprise bass which was swiftly returned after a quick photo. Anglers who travelling to the South Hams or Bristol Channel are still finding smoothhounds.

The charter boats have all been out again and report the usual cod, bass and pollack from the wrecks. Anglo Dawn from Salcombe fished a patch of rough ground and had a good day on the cod. Our Joe’l from Paignton steamed to some distant wrecks, rarely fished by boats on this side of the Channel and finished the day with more than 100 pollack, cod and a John Dory.

Shaun Pedley tells me he is now opening up for individual places on Our Joe’l, so if you fancy a trip give him a call on 07876 623 054.

The latest competition at Spring Ponds saw a winning weight of 59lb 8oz to Jason Fay, with Paul Kruckow in second with 31lb 10oz and Alan Crouch in fourth with 24lbs, the fish falling mainly to pellet on the pole, with the waggler and bomb also producing.

Jason Fay from Spring PondsJason Fay from Spring Ponds

The famous orange carp and a surprise perch of 2lb 12oz falling to the rod of Dan Atkins.

Newbarn Farm has continued to fish well in the warm weather with fish taking both bottom and surface baits.

Regular angler Bob Wooster fished two sessions and managed carp of 24lb and 25lb. I fished with my granddaughter, nine-year-old Brooke Reynolds, and had a great day on the silver fish.

Mike Stone with his grandsons visited Roadford Reservoir and had a good day’s sport with brown trout and perch to over 2½lb.

Brooke Reynolds with a roach from Newbarn FarmBrooke Reynolds with a roach from Newbarn Farm

The last round of the Newton Abbot Fishing Association, Tackle Trader evening series saw Sam Powell taking top weight of 40lb of carp with Freddie Holding in second. An all-night match produced a top weight of 35lb 2oz to Darryl Pattey on Island Pond with Pete Brailey and Mark Newman taking second and third places.

I have just heard from the Angling Trust that enforcement teams along with partners, including their Building Bridges team, have been to Hopes Nose over the weekend and issued fixed-penalty notices to those who have been camping there and catching above the legal limit of mackerel.

Tight lines and stay safe.

Dan Atkins from Spring PondsDan Atkins from Spring Ponds

Gary Hill with a bassGary Hill with a bass