Superb day catching many prime pollack

Saleem Ali with a 14lbs pollack

Saleem Ali with a 14lbs pollack - Credit: Submitted

A window in the weather saw all-round angler Saleem Ali get afloat on a private boat chasing the prime pollack that inhabit the wrecks at this time of the year.

Although he didn’t find a monster, he had a superb day catching many of this eating fish with the best weighing in at 14lbs.

Elsewhere around our coast, mullet specialist Phil Mingo fished a local estuary and was joined at a safe distance by his friend Tom Stebbens.

Using bread for bait, they managed to get these shy fish feeding and managed to land a couple of the hard fighting fish up to about 4lbs in weight.

If you wish to fish the South Devon Catch and Release League on Facebook there is only until the end of the month to sign up.

With lockdown easing in a couple of weeks' time, there should be some good fish to report from the league.

A reminder to all anglers this week to take your litter home after the news last week that a dog swallowed a fish hook on Goodrington beach and had to have surgery to have it removed. There is no proof that it was left by an angler, it could have washed ashore.

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Sea anglers are eagerly awaiting the chance to travel a bit further in search of their quarry. I, for one, have boat trip booked over the next couple of months from Minehead, Beer and further afield at Swanage chasing the early summer species of black bream, smoothhounds and many species of ray including the prettiest of all, the undulate. I look forward to having some pictures to share.

In the meantime, I will be fishing at Rocombe ponds after one of the monster perch that lurk in its murky waters.

At Newbarn Farm this week fish are continuing to feed in the milder weather with the pick of the week being a superbly marked mirror carp falling to the rod of fishery manager Matt Skelly.

It weighed around 20lbs and looked in prime condition proving that the policy of feeding the fish and removing many of the silver fish is paying off. 

For the time being stay local, stay safe and tight lines.

Matt Skelly with a mirror carp

Matt Skelly with a mirror carp - Credit: Submitted

Tom Stebbens with a thick-lipped mullet

Tom Stebbens with a thick-lipped mullet - Credit: Submitted

Phil Mingo with a thick-lipped mullet

Phil Mingo with a thick-lipped mullet - Credit: Submitted