Making do with few short sessions in nearby ponds

Neil Pope with a pre-lockdown bass 

Neil Pope with a pre-lockdown bass - Credit: Submitted

Lockdown three is certainly making us think. We are allowed out of our home for exercise once a day and in the latest Government guidelines fishing is classed as exercise.

Many do not feel comfortable leaving home to fish. I, for one, live inland and would love to fish the sea but feel that traveling to my nearest beach is not an option as it would be one where many people would be taking their daily walks.

Traveling further afield is not allowed, so for the time being I will make do with a few short sessions in nearby ponds.

Those who have been out and about this week include Kev Madeley, who fished a local rock mark and was rewarded with a couple of fine conger eels.

James Trevitt, from East Devon, fished his local beach and landed five bull huss to 9lbs 10oz and beached a conger eel of an estimated weight of 25-30lbs, being over 6ft in length.

The fish unfortunately slid back into the water before he could get to it. When he picked his rod up he found a small dead eel on his hook, the larger one has swallowed the smaller one whole and not been hooked properly.

Neil Pope from Exmouth regularly fishes his local estuary and beaches and landed huss and bass before lockdown.

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The bass was returned, in line with current regulations. Just to remind everyone it is illegal to keep any bass caught during January and February, and two are allowed daily from the start of March until the end of November, although I believe that these regulations will be reviewed before then.

A new South Devon Sea Fishing League has been formed by Torbay anglers Tom Stebbens and Will Booth.

Details can be found on Facebook and results and reports will also feature in these pages.

Newbarn Farm Fishery regular Ken Wheeler fished his favoured method of the pole and maggots and caught a good bag of silver fish from the specimen lake including roach to just over 1lb.

Clubs have now cancelled all competitions in line with Government regulations and I have decided to suspend the fish of the month competition for the time being.

Please keep any pictures and reports coming in  - email 

Tight lines and stay safe.