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Minister Pow said she was listening to the concerns we have raised, and it was not the government’s intention to ignore or exclude the interest of sea angling. The government is considering the recommendations made in the Benyon Review and will be reporting on the next stage later this year. Sir Charles Walker MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Angling Group, who was also at the meeting said: “I’m pleased the Minister was willing to talk to the Angling Trust. Ignoring the voice of anglers would be a disaster. I do not want to see families and children who want to enjoy the delights of catching fish from the shore or a pier suddenly finding such a simple pleasure is illegal I support greater protection of our marine environment. We must work together and take a sensible approach to achieve, what is after all, a shared aim.”

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Jamie Cook, CEO of the Angling Trust, used the opportunity of a face to face meeting with the Environment Minister Rebecca Pow to raise concerns of many sea anglers over the proposal to impose a blanket ban on angling in Highly Protected Marine Areas. Jamie said: “I was glad we were able to raise the concerns of sea anglers directly

with the Minister. I made it clear the Benyon Review, which proposed an automatic ban on sea angling, is causing great anger among many sea anglers. It could even put at risk the chances of creating better protection of the marine environment, as that could only come about through cooperation with such an

Stuart Singleton-White, Angling Trust's Head of Campaigns, said: “It was pleasing to feel the Minister is listening. I will be following up with her officials on her commitment to ensure we are key to any future considerations around HPMA and the pilot sites the government will be selecting. It's good progress but there is still work to be done. We need anglers across England to continue to write to their MP and express their concern.”


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By Lee Bollingbroke, skipper of Sophie Lea Well its been the busiest period I have ever had on Sophielea and since lock down eased we were off & running in fact seven weeks every day without a break absolutely knackering, we know it is all due to furlough with anglers having plenty of money and no work, and out at sea we have a great healty environment, and catamarans are easy to keep every one safe on board with lots of space social distancing has been easy. There has been some great fishing too with probably the best bass fishing for years, things have started to get back to normal now thank goodness although as I write this report I still have two weeks of a full diary. Smooth hound fishing has been very hit and miss this year, last year was better but not great and I have found that a lot of our good

marks for this fish have failed this year, my theory is that they are being eaten the markets have a lot of foreign buyers who will eat any thing with gills and smooth hounds have now fallen foul of this thats my theory any way, it is a shame as we do rely on this super fighting fish through the summer it is a slow growing fish and once was not worth fishing for commercially but now it is and at this rate like the cod it will soon be gone. So lets hope that I am wrong on that one and its just been a bad year for them, the hundreds of rays we were catching have done a vanishing act we are still catching them but way down on numbers past just at sensible levels now so thats it I hope you all are staying safe and we will bring you another report in a months time.

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By Chris Way

With the prolonged high pressure giving the south coast lovely settled weather, anglers up and down the coast have been heading out in search of a bend in the rod. Unfortunately, the settled weather has created the perfect conditions for a monumental algae bloom. So big in fact it was photographed from space! The whole of the English Channel for a good few week’s bas been luminous blue colour, this has had a negative effect on the fishing with many anglers reporting numerous blank sessions. However, as always, persistence and consistency yields reward for those willing to put in the effort and there have been some truly awesome specimens landed. Afloat Report As I said above, the settled weather has been a god send for boat owners along the south coast. Giving everyone plenty of opportunity to get out over the reefs & wrecks which line the English Channel in search of action. The aforementioned algae bloom has definitely had an effect on the fishing, across the fleet it has been a struggle. Over the last week or so the bloom has dispersed and as result people are starting to get amongst the pollack out on the reefs. Father & Son duo, Clive & Chris Way recently joined good friend Don Smith aboard his boat ‘Independence II’ for a days Pollocking out on the reef’s south west of Plymouth. For once the fishing gods were on their side and perfect weather allowed them to get out and enjoy a day of good sport. Freshly caught Launce was the key, resulting in multiple fish all averaging 8lb plus to low doubles. A good average size for this time of year.

Shore Report Plymouth tackle shop ‘South West Sea Baits’ are currently running a competition over July & August, the winner being the highest accumulative percentage from 2 species. This competition has spurred many anglers into action, the competition had 3 fish over 100% weighed in within the first 24 hours. Martin Larkin kicked it off with a lovely 8lb bass from a local estuary, on the same day he managed a 3lb 6 oz Gilthead bream. Scott Clark decided to set his sights on a specimen Smoothound to open his account, resulting in a 16lb 8oz beast. Rob Batten finished the first 24hr trio of specimens with a 13lb 12oz Bullhuss from a south Devon rock mark, what a first day! The competition is in full swing now as I write this, with numerous specimens getting weighed in. Mark Hayman & Scott Smy went out for an evening session in search of Small Eyed Ray, the short session was action packed and between them they had 8 rays. Marks best going 11lb 4oz & Scott’s going 10lb. Scott Clark was then back at it again this time with Mark Bryce searching for big Blonde Ray, over 2 nights the duo managed 3 Blondes and a Small Eyed. Scott’s Blonde going 16lb 11oz, Mark’s 2 blondes going 20lb 12oz & 19lb 4oz. Mark also had a 11lb 3oz Small Eyed, what a session. Steve Fredicks has been out in search of Smoothounds, his effort was rewarded in this lovely 11lb 9oz specimen, another 100%+ fish weighed in. Charlie Gray has been putting in some serious effort on the hunt of a fish or two for the competition, multiple sessions looking for Bull Huss resulted in a 10lb 12oz and 10lb 2oz brace. I’m sure as we roll into August, more and more specimen fish will be caught for this competition, along with a monster or two!

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S Clarke 16.11 Blonde

C Gray 10.12 huss

M Bryce 20.12 Blonde

S Frericks 11.09 Smut

Larks 8.0 Bass

M Hayman 11.04 SE

M Bryce 19.4 Blonde

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C Gray 10.02 huss

S Clark 16.08 Smut

M Bryce 11.03 SE

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The Ocean Conservation Trust has planted the first seeds in its seagrass cultivation laboratory at the National Marine Aquar‐ ium – the largest aquarium in the UK - as part of a major £2.5 million habitat restora‐ tion project funded by EU LIFE and led by Natural England. The laboratory, which was unveiled for the first time in early June to coincide with World Oceans Day, has now been filled with the test batch of around 60,000 seeds, marking an important milestone in the three-year LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES habitat restoration project. As part of the project, the Ocean Conser‐ vation Trust will be cultivating up to 360,000 plants a year in the new laborat‐ ory, to help restore up to eight hectares of lost seagrass meadows. A germination rate of around 25% is expected within the test batch over the next 50 days, resulting in around 15,000 Zostera Marina plants that will remain in the National Marine Aquarium’s public seagrass exhibit until next spring. Once the cultivation process has proven successful, three further rounds of plant‐ ing will take place, with volunteers set to be recruited to help with the planting of around 600,000 seeds in each. The plants will help to restore over eight hectares of lost seagrass meadows within Special Areas of Conservation in waters around the UK. The laboratory is now open for public viewing at the National Marine Aquarium, with visitors having the opportunity to see the plant cultivation in action whilst learn‐

ing more about the importance of seagrass. As well as restoring huge areas of lost habitats, the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES project aims to protect vital seagrass meadows located in Special Areas of Con‐ servation (SACs) around the UK’s coasts by providing advanced mooring systems, voluntary boating codes, targeted training. The Ocean Conservation Trust is also de‐ livering the educational element to the programme within schools around the South West, alongside project partner, the Marine Conservation Society. Mark Parry, Seagrass Ecologist and Pro‐ ject Manager at the Ocean Conservation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this next important stage in what is an incredibly significant project in the conservation and regeneration of the UK’s seagrass mead‐ ows. At the Ocean Conservation Trust, we’ve been studying and working with seagrass for many years now, and so it is amazing to have the chance to put our ex‐ pertise by leading on the cultivation and replanting elements of the project. “Seagrass meadows have become in‐ creasingly under threat in recent years due to a combination of factors including hu‐ man activity and climate change, and so it is vital that we take steps now not just to protect those we still have, but to regener‐ ate those that have already been lost. Seagrass meadows are one of the most ecologically important habitats in the UK, supporting our fisheries and helping to prevent coastal erosion, as well as ab‐ sorbing carbon from the atmosphere, so looking after them is not just in the in‐ terests of the Ocean, but ours, too.”

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Fish Legal has lodged a formal complaint with the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) over its lack of enforcement of a 2010 byelaw requiring a mandatory minimum headline distance – the space between the top of a fishing net and the surface of the water above it. The byelaw was made by the Cornwall IFCA in order to allow “salmon and sea trout to have unimpeded passage through defined areas”. The byelaw stops fixed nets in commercial fishing vessels from being set in shallow coastal waters by requiring the net to have at least three metres of water over the net headline – the rope running along the top of the net – at any state of the tide.

BLUEFIN TUNA 'ENDANGERED' STATUS REMOVED BY MMO Fish Legal was in court on Tuesday challenging a decision by the Scottish Government to refuse to sanction an inshore fisheries pilot designed to assess the comparative economic and environmental performance of fishing with low impact static gear compared with trawled fishing gear. There has been increasing concern that inshore trawlers which target Nephrops, a large prawn, have a very high level of bycatch of commercial fish species and

that this has contributed to the collapse of inshore fish populations on the west coast of Scotland over the last 30 years. The pilot, which was planned for the Inner Sound of Skye, was an opportunity to see whether a policy to restrict the use of mobile or trawled gear in favour of static creel fishing would lead to a recovery of the inshore fishery. Judgment in the case was reserved until a later date.


Despite all the evidence of a substantial recovery in stocks over the last ten years, many organisations continue to promote the outdated 2011 International Union for Conservation of Nature 'endangered' status for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. The Angling Trust, in association with Bluefin

Tuna UK, are pleased to report that the Marine Management Organisation have withdrawn their misleading, outdated reference to Bluefin tuna from their website and replaced it with a more accurate, up to date reflection of the situation.


Fish Legal has put Natural Resources Wales on notice on behalf of the Ross-onWye Angling Club that phosphate inputs into the River Wye linked to waste from free-range poultry farming have caused environmental damage. Following the notification, Natural Resources Wales needs to investigate and ensure that the farms in question put in

place proposals to prevent further damage from occurring. In recent years, anglers at the club have witnessed a gradual increase in the frequency and duration of algal blooms on their fishery in parallel with the expansion of the free-range poultry industry in the upper Wye catchment.

New anglers who have taken up the sport since lockdown are being reminded about the dangers to wildlife from angling litter. With more people out on the bank or beach, the Angling Trust and the RSPCA

are reminding anglers to discard of litter responsibly to protect wildlife from harm and keep the outdoors clean and safe for all to enjoy

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POOLE REPORT by Philip Higgins Not much of a report from me this month as I have been out of action for 2 weeks. The industry is slowly recovering and is getting back into full swing although on reduced numbers and with restrictions in place. The fishing has been consistent with plenty of Plaice being landed with the better fish coming from the Poole Harbour main channel. Inshore has seen plenty of Bream Gurnards and the illusive Mackeral have arrived along with big shoals of Scad providing plenty of bait fish which has bought a couple of baby Threshers into Poole Bay and further out a private angler has bought to the side of his boat 2 good sized Porbeagles. Rays, Tope and

Congers have been plentiful during the weaker tides for those fishing the outer marks and as the weather improves more sharks will be encountered. Several charter boats are offering a chance to hook one of these incredible fish for the fight of a lifetime with proper gear supplied if needed. Looking forward the quality of the Plaice overall should now improve and a last run of bream before they head across the channel for the winter and the hard fighting Trigger Fish will put in an appearance 1 has already been caught whilst Plaice fishing. More to follow next month Philip Higgins


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CHESIL REPORT By Gareth Mayers Although the month had started well with lots of top end single and lower end double Smooth hounds running the full lengh of the beach from the Cove End all the way to Seatown, which is a cracking standard for Chesil with most fish falling to crab baits on a pulley pennel at all ranges, which offers everyone a chance. Please beware when fishing for these beautiful sport fish, always use your ratchet or runner as the initial run will remove your rods for the rest and if you have ever had a run from a hound you will know what I mean! The first few weeks of the month the number of plaice are seen to decrease from all the favourite fishing spots, including Cogden, Bexi and Hive beach. To be fair I haven't attempted fishing for them this month and will wait for the bigger fish to show in the next few weeks. I am also yet to hear of any good sessions on the plaice with most anglers still struggling with the spider crabs. Losing hooks for fun, unless you use a braid snood to stop the critters sniping you hooks, ends up becoming a frustrating task. Lots of anglers targeting plaice at the shallow beaches have also had lots of hounds taking Rag & Lug bait while using Size 2 & Size 4 hooks, but even those hounds have swam to new waters. The Mackerel have started to show first light and last knocking. I'm a strong believer that when the bait fish show its only a matter of time before the fishing picks up naturally. So that being said, the next few weeks should really see more of an improvement and hopefully, become

Johns Gilthead bream from Preston beach.

Ben Stockley with a red gurnard.

one of the best months of the year with bigger Plaice by day and Sole by night from Cogden, Bexi and all the shallow beach marks. The seems to be a good show of gurnards again at the With plenty of anglers findings a few also as the odd bream Although there does seem to be a hell of a lot of smaller fish.

Hound from Preston beach.

Soothound for Ben Stockley

Rory Bennett with an undulate ray of 8.15LB and his first ever small eyed ray weighing 7.1LB

Undulate ray for Ben Stockley

Also along with the increasing numbers of mackerel, there is a great chance of a big double figure Bass along many marks with a mackerel head in the gutter, especially when there is a little chop on the water. Do remember while fishing for Bass in close, avoid shining head lamps onto the water. A glimmer of light is enough to put this tricky little bars of silver off! And remember, we are still only allowed to take one home for the table! The big Undulate Rays have started showing, so don't be surprised to pick up a double figured one whilst Plaice fishing or on fresh fish bait fished at 70ish yards on a pulley pennel. I managed a new Pb of 13lb whilst fishing the shingle aswell as Ben Stockley landing a cracker. Remember if Chesil to rough head to Preston which is exactly what myself and a few lads done a few weeks back and was rewarded with some lovely hounds that go well on a shallow beach aswell as bass and Gilthead bream! Give it a go! The rubbish situation is the worst I’ve ever seen it along the beach so please remember to bin it! Or take it home! Tight lines all and good luck!

Lovely plaice for Scott Dyer.

Joe Brooks and his son with some cracking bream.

Rob Johansen with a blonde ray of 8.10LB

Hound for John Lewis.

13LB undulate ray for myself.

thornback ray for Ben Stockley

Lovely red gurnard for John Lewis.

Black bream for John O’brian.

John O’brian with a fine bass from Preston.

John Patten and son Reef getting into some plaice.

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NORTH DEVON REPORT By Wayne Thomas Summer sport has been excellent along the North Devon coast with a wide range of species caught by anglers. Bass fishing has been exceptionally good with lure fishing proving highly productive with catches of over thirty bass to some anglers as the bass harass baitfish shoals close to the shore. Smoothound have also been abundant with several double figure fish tempted from popular marks. There is a great deal of concern in relation to litter found along some stretches of the coastline. Whilst much of the litter is not angling related some of it undoubtedly is and gives angling a bad name. Boat fishing has also been productive with mackerel shoals bringing predatory species into the coastal waters. Tope to

Dan Welch hold fine boat caught bass.

over fifty pounds have been caught and offshore blue and porbeagle shark have thrilled anglers with exciting encounters. The deep offshore waters have also enabled anglers to witness whales and dolphins. Grey mullet have given sport from both the open coast and estuary. Thin lipped mullet have been tempted on baited spinners but their numbers seem to have dropped off since the early season when some fine specimens were tempted.

Stefan Jones with a 42lb tope..

Ross Stanway with pleasing lure caught bass.

David Jenkins with a smoothound of 12lb 1oz.

Rock marks around Ilfracombe have produced plenty of colourful wrasse with corkwing and ballans tempted. Light tackle tactics can bring great sport on Ilfracombe Pier a venue that is ideal for young anglers.

Lyn Welch with tope caught from the families Priave boat off Ilfracombe.

Porbeagle shark cauight off Ilfracombe abaord Reel Deal

Dan Welch with a specimen huss caught from their Private boat off Ilfracombe.

Antony Smith with a 9lb plus smoothopund.

Paul Hutching with boat caught estuary smoothound..

9lb 1oz bass caught from a shore mark near Ilfracombe by LeighPaul Porter.

Paul Hutchings with a Taw estuary bass .

Dan Welch with fine boat caught pollock.

Mark Jones landed this 5lb bass whilst lure fishing.

Andew McKenna with a lure caught bass.

Dan Welch with fine tope of 40lb 8oz.

Rex Bassett with a 50lb tope caught off Ilfracombe.

Paul Hutching with a 2lb plus gilthead bream frm the Taw estuary.

A colourful wrasse caught from an Ilfracombe rock mark by Paul Lorrimore.

Wayne Thomas with a 6lb plus lure caught bass..

James Gubb Fradgley ballan Wrasse 5lb 15oz off Lynmouth

Tope caught on Reel Deal off Ilfracombe

Paul Hutchings with a bass tempted from the Taw estuary.

Tope caught off Ilfracombe on Reel Deal

Dave Welch with fine double figure pollock off Ilfracombe.

James Gubb Fradgley with 36lb conger caught off Ilfracombe.

Tarrant Wotton with 6lb bass.

Ollie Passmore with shore caught bull huss of 10lb 2oz

Chris Nicol with a 6lb sea trout that was caught off a beach whilst targetting bass, The fish was returned alive,..

Stephen Found with a specimen thin lipped mullet of 4lb 10oz

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LANGSTONE HARBOUR AREA BOAT FISHING REPORT By Neville Merritt, Southsea Marina Angling Club

Over the last month, things have been gradually easy back to a new sort of normal. Marinas are open for business, shops are selling bait and fish are still there to be caught. While we were otherwise occupied, Spring happened so it feels a bit odd to go fishing and find that Sum‐ mer is in full swing. Mackerel have arrived and are as usual, frustrating. When you need to rely on them for bait, you can’t find them. When you are out walking the dog, huge shoals are boiling close to shore. I guess that’s why we go fishing. This month has followed the usual pattern for the time of year. The large tope like Peter Bird’s pictured here have started to move away, leav‐ ing numbers of smaller pack tope which are still good sport on light tackle – like the one with Scott Gardner. The larger breeding bream are moving offshore again, probably back to the channel wrecks and reefs, leaving hoards of bait-robbing small bream behind. We have a healthy population of bass now, and every year we see more of the larger fish. The Bass Nurs‐ ery Areas and the recent bass fishing restric‐ tions will have played a part in helping the recovery of stocks. Heber Crawford and Oliver Aubray-Thomas show the stamp of fish that can be caught. Our resident population of rays can be relied on for a bit of action, and a large ray in a strong tide can be an exhausting battle of strength. We have a selection pictured, from Peter Churchill, Pete Brown, Peter Higgins, Tim Andrews, Tony Myatt and Steve Latham. Smoothhound are more acrobatic and will do a good impression of a mini submarine with a drunken skipper as they zoom around, creating new and interesting knots around any lines unwisely left in the water while the fight is on. Given that they eat crabs, squid and worms it is surprising that evolution equipped them for a hard chase, but we’re not complaining. Kev Lee is happy with his personal best smoothhound of 16lb. When boat fishing isn’t possible due to weather, family or time constraints, mullet fishing in the

harbours produces some good fish. Freelined bread is still the preferred option for fish used to feeding on scraps – Heber Crawford shows a good fish caught with this method. Sea trout are far less common but they are around and reward an angler prepared to put in the hours to research methods and locate them. Heber Crawford is one of those anglers and he has shown that his catches of sea trout are not flukes by catching more each year. From meas‐ urements, this one was estimated to be in double figures but was released without the ad‐ ditional stress of weighing.

Heber Crawford Mullet 6lb 9oz

Heber Crawford keeper bass

Peter Bird PB Tope

Oliver Aubrey-Thomas bass

Kev Lee Smoothhound PB 16lb

Heber Crawford Wrasse

Turbot are an attractive quarry but few are found near the Harbour. Boats targeting turbot have to travel some distance but with persever‐ ance they can be found as Tim Andrews demonstrates. The seabed is this area is very varied, hence the wide range of species caught. Old wartime structures, wrecks and reefs hold some big wrasse which put up a good fight for their size. They have a varied diet with jaws capable of crunching shellfish and an aggressive turn of speed which means they will take small lures and live prawn. Heber Crawford shows a nice ballan wrasse caught on prawn bait. August can be a slower month compared to earlier in the year but there will still be plenty of fish to be caught and we hope good weather to catch them in too. See you next month.

Scott Gardner Tope 16lb

Heber Crawford Sea trout Steve Latham Blonde ray

Tim Andrews Undulate Ray

Peter Churchill Blonde Ray

Tim Andrews gurnard

Tim Andrews Turbot

Pete Brown Blonde Ray 25lb

Tony Myatt 14lb Undulate Ray

Peter Higgins Blonde Ray

Steve Latham Small eyed ray

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ANGLERS DEN SPECIMEN HUNT Anglers Den week long species hunt has now been running for over 25 years! And allows anglers to spend a week (or a few hours up to them) targeting specified species, by catching the largest of each category. The week started on Sunday 5th July and ended on Sunday 12th July, with 35 anglers trying to catch the largest bass, eel, sole, plaice, smoothhound, pout and best any other species. Some of the species such as smoothhound and any rays were counted using a catch and release table, others were returned to weigh in at Anglers Den twice daily. Lots of good fish were caught during the week with other nice sole such as a 1lb 8oz specimen for Chris Kirrage, some nice smoothhounds for Dave Powell and Gerald Sargeant and many other fish caught by the competitors during the week. The final winners were Les Glazzard with a bass of 2lb 6 ¾ oz. James Blackmar with a pout of 1lb 3 ¼ oz and also the sole of 1lb 14 ¼ oz. Jamie May with a silver eel of 1lb 15oz. James Wood with a smoothhound of 14lb. Keith Erridge with a plaice of 13oz and the best any other winner Gerald Sargeant with a thornback ray of 8lb 10 ½ oz (91.2%). ANDERIDA FISHING CLUB On Tuesday 2nd July 28 anglers fished a club match in Pevensey Bay in pleasant calm conditions. Using a catch and release system any smoothhound or ray caught be caught, photographed and returned alive ! so many anglers fished for the smoothhounds and rays. The winner on the night was Glyn Morgan from Anglers Den with 2 smoothhounds for a weight of 9lb 1 ¾ oz. 2nd Keith Hesling with a smoothhound and eel for 8lb 5 oz including the biggest fish and superpool winner a smoothhound of 7lb 13 ½ oz. 3rd Steve Merner with 6lb 1oz. 4th Mark Franks with 4lb 10 ½ oz and 5th Kerry Saint with 4lb 7 ½ oz. the heaviest flat was a sole of 10 ½ oz for Les Glazzard. On Monday 20th July 23 anglers fished again in nice calm conditions. The winner was again Glyn Morgan with the only smoothhound of 10lb ½ oz. also winning the biggest fish and superpool. 2nd Damion Chant with a scad and eel for 1lb 8oz. 3rd Ross Parsons with 13oz and 4th Les Glazzard with 11oz. The heaviest flatfish was a sole of 7 ½ oz for Jim Whippy. The spring cup was fished over the series of last 3 matches ( as unable to fish them during the spring) and two anglers managed to weigh in all 3 matches. Jim Whippy with 63 point and Les Glazzard with 61 points ! making Jim the spring cup winner.

tope, smoothhounds and bass also providing some good sport!!. Andy Croft caught some nice fish includ‐ ing an 11lb 5oz bull huss from his own boat and Dani‐ elle Kavanagh had a great first day out on his rib catching loads of fish including some nice hounds and rays. The shore fishing is also proving very interesting with some nice bass such as Ed Howarth with a 6lb 8oz fish and Bob Sandells with a nice 5lb bass, Bob also land‐ ing a nice 6lb hound in the same session. Lots of qual‐ ity smoothhounds were caught with many over 10lb, including the new Anderida club record of 14lb for James Wood. Peter Cornwall again has caught plenty of fish this month with some nice sole, bass and hounds as well as a black bream of just under a 1lb. John Schindler Glastonbury caught a double figure PB smoothhound of 107cm recently and Alex Dilligaf Smart fished with his dad on fathers day and they had a double hook up of hounds together!! And now the mackerel have turned up in numbers which is great news for the kids and also tends to at‐ tract more predators such as big bass to feed on them !!

Bob Sandells witha 6lb smoothound

Andy Croft with an 11lb 5oz Bullhuss

Peter Cornwall with anice sole and bass

Bob Sandells with a 5lb bass

Katherine Dean sent a picture of her 6 year old daughter with her first ever bass!!

specimen hunt winners James Wood and James Blackmar

some of the specimen hunt winners Jamie May, Keith Erridge, Gerald Sargeant and Les Glazzard

Danielle Kavanagh with plenty of hounds and rays on his new Rib out of Eastbourne

James Wood with his winning 14lb smoothound

Alex Diligaf Smart and his Dad on fathers day both with smoothounds on Fathers day

John Schindler Glastonbury caught this lovey PB smoothound of 107cm James Blackmar with the winning sole

EASTBOURNE NOMADS Fished their first match after lockdown on Monday 6th July with 18 anglers fishing a pegged match catch and release along Eastbourne seafront. The winner was Declan Moulding with 3 fish for 108 points including the biggest fish a lovely sole of 41cm worth 80 points. 2nd Rod Parris with 4 fish 3 plaice and a sole for 106 points. 3rd Gerald Sargeant with 4 fish for 102 points and 4th Joe Plumstead with 74 points.

Danielle Kavanagh with some nice hounds and rays on his new rib out of Eastbourne

GENERAL There have been some lovely fish caught from both shore and boat recently in the East Sussex region! When the boat anglers are able to get afloat one or two cod have shown as well as plenty of pollack! Some nice black bream and plaice on the open ground with

Charlie Howarth with a schoolie bass

Glyn Morgan with his winning 10lb smoothound

Ed Howarth with a 6lb 8oz bass

Danielle Kavanagh with some nice hounds and rays on his new rib out of Eastbourne

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BURNHAM ON SEA REPORT By Richard Saxby The last month has seen lots of activity from club members from Bunham, the south coast and even a few charter trips. Fishing has been like the weather, up and down but with some decent fish and a few pb's have graced the decks. Hounds are still in the bay and seem to be moving closer to the slipway but bass seem to be in short supply. No one has ventured to far yet but if conditions are good enough on a weekend then I feel there will be a flotilla of boats steaming down west beyond Minehead. July 8th saw a few club members join Mikey Webber on his charter boat Teddy Boy from Minehead. Mikey certainly put them on the fish with lots of rays into double figures, eels, hounds and a bonus cod of just under 10lb to Aaron Devey, biggest hound went 14lb 15oz to Anthony Georgiou. July 11th and Nigel Devey took his new boat, a Pirate 21, down to Weymouth with Andy Geor‐ giou for a day on the banks. Fittingly Nigel caught the first fish, a decent tope of over 20lbs on a turbot bait. The weather was stunning but fishing was a bit below par though the duo did find a few blondes, a tub gurnard and a turbot to Nigel. On the same day Ian Tench was out of Burnham for sea trials on his new boat, an Ultra Fisher 19ft that he built himself with help from some club members. Everything went well so I can't wait to see some fishy pictures from him in the very near future. The following day 4 boats were out from Burnham for a short one over high. It was also maiden voyages for Alex Wharton on Ultra White and Jamie and Anne Lock on their new boat aptly named Team Lock. All boats stayed local and all found a hound or 2 along with the usual suspects. The hounds seem to be coming closer to the shore with reports of a few off the beaches at Burnham which can only be a good thing. Monday 13th saw Anthony Georgiou, Martin Quinn and Aaron Devey join a couple of others

Martin Quinn blue shark

for a days sharking on Lo Kie charters form Penzance. It was a first for most on board and they had a cracking day landing 26 blues up to 105lb with pb's and smiles all round. The trios biggest fell to Anthony at 95lb. A few days later and Team Lock was on its way down south to Brixham for a day on the skerries as Anne had never caught a plaice from a boat. Jamie and Anne found it tough going but learnt a lot throughout the day for future trips and Anne got her plaice which made the trip worth‐ while. July 19th saw a comp from Burnham cancelled so 3 boats towed down to Weymouth. It was a drizzly start to the day with a fair sea running from the winds the day before. Fishing was very tough and all boats struggled with no flats caught. There were a few nice thornbacks, an undulate and a couple of decent huss, the best 13lb to Nigel Devey.

Anne Lock plaice

Simon Stroud ling

Dave Tether bass

Jamie Lock plaice

Anne Lock hound

Aaron Devey blonde

Nigel Devey blonde

Four members also spent 4 great days down in Falmouth on Andy Howell's Anglo Dawn. They mixed it up a bit with inshore, wrecking and a days sharking. The 2 stand out fish were a blue shark of 95lb to Ian Tench and a cracking ling of 30lb to Dave Tether. Fish of the month winner for June was Richard Saxby with a hound of 12lb 11 oz and 82% Next competition is our 12 hour species hunt on the 30th August.

Nigel Devey tope

Nigel Devey tub gurnard

Nigel Devey turbot

We don't normally have a club meeting in Au‐ gust due to holiday season but hopefully by the time we get to the September meeting we will be able to have a get together.

You can keep up-to date with latest news and catches and all things fishy on our facebook page and website Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association.

Ding a ling

Anthony Georgiou hound

Aaron Devey blue shark

Dave Tether ling

Anthony Georgiou blue shark

Nigel devey spotty

Simon Stroud pollack

Aaron Devey cod

Andy Georgiou blonde

Ian Tench blue shark

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BRISTOL CHANNEL SHORE REPORT BY CRAIG BUTLER The Bristol channel shore fishing has continued to be very good again over the past month. Since covid restriction were eased the fishing has been superb. Obviously, every tide isn’t going to produce the goods but on the whole it’s been superb. With so many anglers with renewed passion and enthusiasm after lockdown rod hours are high and a good reflection of the quality fishing available has been highlighted, and long may it continue. The Smoothound fishing has continued to very productive throughout the channel with many marks that only show the odd one have been throwing them up on a regular basis. The ray fishing has also been very good especially in the Minehead area with quality small eyed rays being caught. The thornback ray fishing has also been consistent from Watchet right through to Portishead. Sole fishing has also been productive in the upper reaches with fish to over 3lb being recorded. The bass fishing throughout the channel has been excellent. Whether it’s lure fishing in the clearer water west of Minehead to the North

Devon coast, or bait fishing from Minehead going up channel right up past the Severn bridges. One thing that’s been unusual for the month of July ,is the size of a hand full of congers over the 20lb mark. Not massive as far as congers go but in the shallow fast tidal waters in Somerset a 20lb plus eel is a good one anytime of the year. July normally shows big numbers of small straps but rarely a good one. Lance Edwards bagged a fine one of 28lb11oz and Steve Thatchers another one at 21lb6oz.


As we move into August it will be interesting to see if the Smoothound fishing will continue. The bass prospects should be good and by the end of the month we should hopefully see the first run of autumn codling return to the shallow beaches. With what was looking like a very good spring codling run in the channel this spring. Unfortunately it was unseen because of the covid lockdown it will be very interesting to see how it pans out. I guess we will just have to see. Anyway have a good month ahead and keep the positive motivation and enthusiasm going.

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BRISTOL CHANNEL BOAT REPORT July was a really decent month aboard boats venturing out of Watchet and Minehead. Watchet continues to produce many Smoothhounds with a notable return in size with many ‘Hounds’ being double figures and topping specimen weights. Eel’s, Thornback’s, spotted’s, Blonde’s and Small Eyed rays have been making up the bulk of the remainder of the days catch. Areas in close over the prolific mud patches have been a little quieter than normal. Finding patches of mixed ground have been the key to success, be it with some sand, stone or coral. These areas seem to have produced good numbers of fish also throwing up a few Bull Huss and Bass. One other little fish that is being caught and always shows at this time of year for the next month or so, being a bit of a novelty or entertaining catch, is numerous baby Tope.. dubbed ‘Watchet Tope’. Perfect little sharks in miniature with a veracious appetite. The immediate grounds around Minehead have produced a mix of Rays, Hounds, Eels and a few Bull Huss but with increased clarity of water as the summer moves on and water temperature continuing to rise, the temptation to scale down rigs and search out a few of the smaller species that visit us has seen a few anglers rewarded with an increase in their species count. With pictures of Weaver fish and some small Black Bream making it onto social media it begins to

signal a period of the year for the species hunter to add variety to their catch tally. For all boats, heading West and into North Devon has made for some great days afloat. Tope and Pollock have been caught in good numbers and with reports of good fishing around one of the Bristol Channels gems, Lundy Island, the couple of hours steam will be met with great reward. Everything from colourful wrasse to Blue and Porbeagle sharks has been falling to anglers rods.

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September has been cancelled with further announcements to be made on later events. The Weymouth Angling Centre is the Control Centre so please contact them on 01305 777771 for any updates or look at their Facebook Page (Weymouth Angling Centre) to keep up to date with all the latest competition announcements. These cancellations mean that there will be no Weymouth Three Day Conger Festival in August but there will of course be conger fishing trips available to book up and enjoy…. At last….a Weymouth and Portland Port report for you. It will start with comments taken directly from local skippers to express the immense frustration as to what they have endured and continue to experience. It is extremely difficult to comprehend why, after all these years that the angling charter profession has been in existence, it continues to be either ignored by local ‘authorities’ or obstructive practices put in place to make operating as difficult as possible. I’m sure that if one were to walk into a local ‘seaside’ Councillors’ meeting and ask if anyone actually knew what a Charter Boat was or to walk to the window overlooking their own harbour and point to one then most, if not all, would be unable to do so. This has been an awful time for the charter boat industry….as remarks below show. ‘The charter boat industry as a whole has had absolutely zero help from government over this tough time, on top of one of the worst winters ever’. ‘Well if it’s not Covid-19, DEFRA making up ridiculous rules or insurance companies not playing ball for us, all of which we’ve now managed to overcome and get some days in at it’s the dam weather. ‘Unfortunately the weather gods have stopped play this weekend (this is I reference to the first weekend in July) and maybe early part of next week’. Actions such as changing Insurance Companies, certainly not as easy as it sounds, from those unwilling to comprehend the situation are common such as: ‘We’ve moved our insurance company, put risk assessments in place at the marina so we can safely social distance our passengers and still enjoy our sport’. It has been very difficult for all to work within the restrictive allowances currently being offered: ‘We’re still working on a maximum of five passengers aboard rules for July. It’s not been the easiest task trying to juggle the diary about but somehow I think we’re getting there. Please bear with us on this’. Because Portland Marina is privately run as opposed to Weymouth Harbour’s Council managed port, Dan Clarke’s Portland based Fins-Up was able to operate during June, a month ahead of the other local vessels. Dan reports that his month involved good inshore catches of bass, bream and turbot with cod, ling and pollack out on the wrecks. This continued into the second week of July as the first week was again blown out with unseasonably strong winds. As well as the species above, Dan was able to report on some lively tope fishing and also some terrific sport with porbeagle shark. These reports, details and photo’s are all up on his Fins-Up Facebook page which has been great in keeping everyone up to date in this ever changing situation. Numbers on the boats are, at this time of writing (mid July) limited to 5. This means that costs for anglers are not as they were when the boats were taking groups of 10 but comments reveal that many anglers are happy to go with smaller numbers if they are in the fortunate financial position to do so. I know that many anglers are concerned about costs but I cannot emphasise enough how cheap fishing in the UK is compared to other places in the world and how the standard of the charter boats is as well as how well qualified, experienced and keen the skippers are. I am sure, beneath all the banter, that everyone knows just how stupidly

expensive to is to run a charter boat with a seemingly endless queue of financial demands on the owner operators. This is an industry currently on its collective knees and which needs your support more than ever. Because of the lengthy period of time the wrecks and marks have been unfished it is good to read further comments from skipper Dan such as: ‘The offshore wrecks have been fishing really well for us with consistent catches keeping all onboard happy chappies! Cod, pollock, ling, bass and a surprise coal fish 7 lbs and tubby gurnard at the same have kept the rods bending on the offshore marks with the inshore fishing seeing the bream moving west into the Weymouth /Portland sea area along with more , tope, blonde rays and turbot’. The Weymouth/Portland reports have always tried to avoid referring to specific boats and skippers. Our aim has always been to provide a generalised indication as to what is being caught within the sea area without preferential treatment of any one particular vessel. We are here to support each other as much as possible and I know, as I have the privilege of knowing all the local skippers, that they are all keen to try hard for you, the angler, and to take a pride in their own efforts. There’s no point in being selfemployed in a job you love if you don’t put the maximum effort in for the benefit of one’s customers. But...because of the current situation...I have used Dan’s reports as he has been the only one ‘allowed’ out.

August is a good month for blonde ray fishing, tope and to try shark fishing. Not every skipper offers shark trips so please make sure you ask and talk to your skipper if this is something on his agenda. As well as the big fish, bream start to show in increasing numbers in the Portland Bill area and there is an increasing chance of a few plaice around. A few turbot and brill will be on The Shambles Bank and there is the continued opportunity to try bass fishing within The Portland Race of on the more gentle Shambles rips. At the present time (who knows for how long) there can be no trips to Alderney as the 14 days Isolation is in force but there is talk of some boats suggesting Cherbourg based trips which is something we used to offer out of Weymouth. The offshore wreck fishing area and one particular famous reef mark overlaps with the Alderney trip marks so it’s a possibility to consider although the main Channel attractions, that being the bass fishing around Alderney and turbot fishing on the Shoal and Casquets Banks, are probably out of range.

Bream and Undulate ray - Atlanta

Gurnard and Bream - Atlanta

A heartfelt and genuine expression of gratitude towards all of you anglers who have continued to help and support the local charter boats is to be made on behalf of the appreciative charter skippers. Please continue to come to Dorset IF you can and IF it is safe for you to do so. Blonde ray - Atlanta

Pollock - Fins Up

But now, midway into July, more reports are flowing in referring to the catches of pollack and cod on the wrecks with sidewinder lures, especially the current very popular Cotton Candy (Candy King) lures being particular effective. There are also a few decent sized bass around both from the wrecks and scattered across inshore marks. Some excellent conger fishing has taken place at anchor with a number of 70lb plus eels coming to the net on Lyle Statiford’s Supa Nova with that particular group able to enjoy the benefits of chartering the boat and fishing with a small party. There is much to be said for the ‘old ways’ seeing skppers through troubled times. Dave Pitman is by far the longest serving local skipper now with over 50 years of experience. His knowledge of the inshore fishing marks is second to none and he has been providing his anglers and friends with a steady supply of bream, rays, huss, pollack and bass without having to travel far in his already economical ‘traditional’ angling boat.

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And now onto August. It is impossible to say what will happen…only what we hope will take place. It has been announced that a further lifting of restrictions will take place from August 1st…but what these means for the charter industry remains to be seen. Because of the lack of ‘fishing effort’ it may be that the cod stay around for August. The Weymouth/Portland cod season tends to be quite limited with May and June being the best months although different seasons have seen cod arrive in April and stay until midSeptember. I hope that by the next report, there will have been successful cod catches to mention along with the conger fishing that August is well known for and bass on the big tides. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus situation, the Competition Programme for August and

undulate ray caught aboard Sally Ann Jo from Weymouth on a ledgered mackerel strip

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The Mackerel have been caught in large numbers from most West Sussex beaches and piers with deeper beaches such as Pagham and Selsey seeing some big numbers. Anglers targeting Mackerel have also reported some Scad which are mainly on the evening and early morning tides, Sand Smelt and small Garfish. Smoothounds have again been caught locally up to 16lbs, hounds should show over the coming week with Aldwick, Pagham, Selsey and Bracklesham liable to hold fish. Beaches at Selsey and Bracklesham will offer a chance of a Tope when the weather has been settled for a few days. Undulate Rays have been caught from the beaches around Bognor through to Selsey. With odd fish showing Shoreham beaches, Pagham and surrounding beaches always likely to throw up a thornback There remains a slight possibility of a Stinger from aldwick through to selsey.

than the Adur when usually the better results are usually from the Adur. Bread accounting the majority of fish landed. Black Bream are being caught throughout the area though mostly small along with Gurnards, Red Mullet and small Bass to worm baits. A few Silver Eels, Pout and Dogfish have also been caught. Some decent Bass to 10lb have been caught and it is coming to the time of year where mainly different tactics can prove to be successful such as live baiting, fishing big baits or simply getting lucky with smaller worm baits. Lure fishing can be very rewarding when the seas clarity is good and fish can be caught at most stages of the tide with some good fish taken wading out fishing at low tide with surface lures with church Norton and worthing beaches

Jim Collins with a 10lb undulate from shoreham

Andrew Merrick with a nice male undulate

Lots of Flatfish have been showing in reasonable numbers plenty of Sole at night and quite a few Plaice during the daytime from the sander beaches, Lug and Rag baits work best. Flounders are always worth a shot in the Harbours and River showing the best catches. A few Mullet are still being caught from the Rivers with the Arun seemingly fishing better Mat J Newell with a 8lb undulate from East beach selsey

Wesley cheeseman with his new pb hound of 16lbs on a busy night hound fishing down bracklesham

Dave Burse with a 9lb undulate from selsey

Baz whitehead travelled from Ipswich and was rewarded with a stunning looking undulate

Mat J Newell with his pb hound of 14lb5oz from selsey

Keith Johnson with his pb hound of 16lb4ozs while fishing bracklesham

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BACK TO BASICS By Martin Wood Back to basics this month I thought I would show a knot that isn’t used that much but I really like which is the Jansik knot with multiple applications it’s a good strong knot that won’t budge. Like the Palomar knot, it is extremely strong and effective and I personally rate it as one of the best knots for terminal connections that there is. The plus is it is extremely simple to tie, very effective, and is good with all types of

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fishing line. The reason I favour this knot over the Palomar is because you don’t have to put a loop over any terminal tackle. With this knot if it’s a hook you’re tying then you want a hook with a larger eye due to looping the line through three times I have no issue with the Koike hooks and Mustad hooks I use. See below for a picture of how to tie this great knot.

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LRF REPORT By Richard Salter It won’t have escaped many sea anglers attention that the mackerel are well and truly in down in this part of the world, which is great news for us LRFers! That being said, I’ve personally done a great job of picking the very worst times/locations/tides and have neatly avoided the most frantic of the fishing action. I have managed to catch a few fish over the few weeks though. First up was a trip down to Brixham where I met up with Ben Bassett. We explored a bit further round the coast from our usual spots and found some rocky ledges that just screamed wrasse. The initial plan was to try and tease out some ballans with the heavier HRF gear and we found a couple of nice ballans up to around 2lb or so but were being frustrated by some very finicky bites. A change to the LRF gear brought me a couple of corkwing wrasse but for Ben it went the opposite way and he hooked into a bit of chunk of a wrasse that took his Monkey Lures Shaky Lui lure. Ben did well to keep this fish from diving to safety in the rocks and kelp on his 7g rated Apia Grandage rod and after a good scrap the fish was landed. Ben was keen to get it back in the water asap, so we didn’t weigh it but we agreed it was a good 3lb or so, a cracking LRF ballan from some quite unforgiving territory. Despite the excitement of the big ballan it could be argued that we were thrilled moreso by a much smaller member of the wrasse family, the rock cook. There is a very healthy population of these stunning little wrasse in the Torbay area and both Ben and myself managed one each. What they lack in size they more than make up for in looks, with their electric blue and rich golden markings. This was Bens first rock cook and he was understandably delighted with his catch, especially as he had to work hard for it and modify his rig to include a size 22 hook to fit inside the tiny mouth of this particularly small fish. Green isome accounted for both rock cook. The day continued with a mix of small ballans, scorps, gobies and other bits and pieces. We finished up experimenting with small metals targeting pout and wrasse, which was a nice way to end a really varied and interesting day. My next trip was over the other side of the bay in Torquay, where I was joined by Joe Mole. We initially tried a really tasty looking rock mark but it was strangely quiet with only a couple of small wrasse and pout to show for a couple of hours fishing so made the decision to move around to Haldon pier which is generally a pretty reliable spot for LRF. It didn’t take long to discover that there were obviously loads of small pout around as they took pretty much everything we chucked out around the end of the pier. As the tide dropped we began to explore the areas between and around the boulders that line the outside of the pier and this found us a bit more variety with shannies, tompots, goldsinny, corkwing, ballans and bigger pout all taking our dropshotted and jighead mounted lures. As we neared the end of our session I was delighted to also catch a topknot, the first I’d caught for a couple of years and the first from this spot despite trying for them a few times. This one took a dropshotted length of pink isome. My next session was down at Teignmouth which was a bit of a disappointment! I’d intended to fish the quay but on arrival I discovered it had been closed of due to covid


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restrictions. This forced me to explore a bit, which is often a good thing but this time I struggled to find anything apart from shed loads of blennies. I love a blenny but I’d hoped for a bit more variety from Teignmouth! Thankfully, I’d arranged to meet Joe over at Dawlish for the evening and this rescued the day somewhat! We set out to target gurnard and mackerel, mackerel in particular had shown up in huge numbers over the previous few days so I was hopeful of a busy session. I feared the poor day I’d had might continue into the evening initially as we found quite murky water and lots of weed at the spot we started off at, but Joe had a back up plan and suggested we move just a short distance round the corner to a beach that would be more sheltered from the swell that was churning things up where we were. It was a great call and we were soon into some lovely little tub gurnard and small mackerel, which were feeding in very close and chasing whitebait up onto the beach. I was fishing with a 7g metal which looked impressively similar to the unfortunate silver fish being terrorized in the shallows, it was no surprise it was fooling the predators into mistaking it for an easy snack! The mackerel weren’t around in the huge numbers that they had been over the previous few days but it was fun watching the gulls moving up the shoreline picking off the whitebait as they were chased to the surface, we knew we’d soon be into fish each time the gulls got closer! My last big session of the month was back at Brixham where I had the pleasure of joining SANs very own James Wigglesworth for a mooch around the breakwater. We were soon into some micro mackerel that were racing along the margins, gobbling up any unfortunate small fish that was in their path. These were almost as entertaining to watch as they were to catch but we were keen to see what else was lurking in the depths. Lots of small pollock was the initial answer before we started to find a few small wrasse, pout and poor cod as we moved along the breakwater. We were both fishing a carolina rig in the hope of finding something different like a dragonet tight on the bottom but were finding more snags than fish! I had a slightly better pollock of around a pound which took my bit of red isome on the drop and did its best to head to the safety of the boulders but thankfully my 0.3pe braid and 3lb fluoro leader stood up to the test! We moved on from the breakwater to get out of the wind a bit and had a few more wrasse and mackerel plus a bonus rock goby for James to finish an enjoyable but fairly slow day. My final session was down at Exmouth where I headed down one evening in search of mackerel and pollock but a spring tide combined with a shed load of weed meant I resorted to dropshotting down the walls to catch a couple of blennies to avoid the embarrassment of a mid summer blank!


Rock cook

Top Lerfing action with J. Wigglesworth esq.


Don’t let my poor results make you think the fishing has been bad though as my fishing buddies have been finding plenty of fish! Ben in particular has had some cracking wrasse along with flounder, bass and plenty of other species, as you would expect. Joe has also been hauling in the fish and it seems an evening rarely goes by when he’s not catching a mixture of mackerel, gurnard, bass and even scad now, which is a great sign. Tight lines all, hope you manage to get out there and find a few fish!

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Sea Angling News, August 2020


Looking out to sea from White Mark

Well this month’s fishing for myself has been limited due to several issues going on but in the end I managed to squeeze out two sessions on a local mark. My father is over from abroad where he lives and thought I would do the roving rods sessions with him in tow. So we didn’t have to travel far as its been rough for us both we decided to take the boat out and fish off the White mark area well just before actually, so we popped over to west coast angling and saw Steve to get some bait and some last minute supplies we needed then back to sort the gear out and finalise s a few bits on the boat as she had been re-launched a few days previously. the day had arrived and we were ready gear loaded on the boat a Shetland 18ft just the right size for two people to comfortably fish from, With my father Keith playing captain for the day or Jeeves in my eyes we left Minehead harbour with the 50hp four stroke on tick over until we were clear to then give her some speed we set off and the engine roared into life and we were on our way going out only about 400 yards from shore we stopped at our chosen

destination just 1km away from the harbour. Climbing over the front I dropped anchor and tied it off. Right time to get in to action a little banter between us about who’s going to catch first the old man geared up with Icon uptider and a lighter rod with smaller 1/0 hooks and squid bait on one and mackerel strips on the other, myself I opted for an uptider pro by AFAW with a large bait on which a whole small Joey mackerel with the tail chopped off for any large bass or tope passing that may like to take my hooks, and I wanted some light rod sporting fun even if I hooked a dogfish which is inevitable here in the Bristol channel so was using the savage gear bushwhacker XLNT2 20-60 gram and had a running ledger leading to a 3/0 and sand eel bait we casted our baits out and I set the alarm for going back in as we had limited tide available to get back into Minehead harbour. It was going slow for about 15 minutes until the light rod of mine started some very delicate taps before heaving the light tip right over! Still sat comfortably in my chair I lifted into the rod and could feel a

fighter on the end looks like first blood today would be the youth! Reeling in a few feet it decided it wasn’t ready to come up yet and made a charge back down letting the rod and drag do its thing i admired the healthy bend in the rod whilst the old boy could only watch and get the landing net, a few minutes later and a lot of bang bang bang on the rod I finally managed to get a Conger up to the surface with Keith sliding the net underneath first blood was mine and we had a small strap conger eel of about 6 lbs after unhooking it was shy and didn’t want to be photographed and was playing up so I gave up and put him back overboard after a photo in the transom well in the net. OK good start lets hope it continues a quick rebait with another sand eel and gently casted the bait about 15 yards out from the back got comfy again in my seat and put my feet up. Next up was Keith with his first fish of the day with a cracking bite proper rattling the tip of the uptide rod he struck into the bite and fish was on bringing it up relatively easily we realised it was a dogfish and sure enough a few yards out

there he was spinning in the tide flashing his white belly in that little spin they do as they come in. Dog on board and unhooked I got a bit cocky and asked if he wanted a photo ha ha with a smirk and a straight no it was a throw back over board, Keith rebaited and cast a few yards of the back letting the tide take it away. We were getting a lot of bites dog after dog for a bit and level pegging fish for fish, Keith had joked about getting at least 10 dogfish and we were well on our way just a couple shy, the tide was turning and a small bit of win got up but nothing much as the boat turned with the small waves gently slapping the sides the fishing died off for about 30 minutes. the Shetty was now facing the other way and we repositioned and changed baits again with baits back out we just kicked back opened a sandwich and enjoyed the sun and surroundings with that keiths dog rod was off again rattling away again doing the business he brought it up no problems rebaited and cast back out, as Keith was casting out I was watching my rod tip on my light rod shy little plucks at the end then a stronger one so I struck

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Boat caught doggie

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In to a fish with Green-a-leigh Farm in the background

Boat caught conger

White mark

and its fish on! Only it’s not a dogfish I can feel instantly that its bigger and then when it knows its hooked it decides to take some line out and swimming strongly pumping its tail which was coming up through the rod, I claim some line back and start to bring the fish up through the water reeling on the line bit by bit the bend n the rod is healthy and nice to see, I stand up and keep winching on the fathom2 with the fish taking some back again near the surface but it’s too late I get the fish up to the surface and it’s a lovely starry smooth hound which I’m happy about another species and not a dogfish again with Keith on landing net duty again he scoops it out the water with ease and get it safely onboard. I take the hook out and have a quick photo with the smut before gently placing it back in the water and watching it swim off strongly. A quick swig of drink some more sand eel and a tinker with the rig and I was looking for a ray now if possible, we didn’t have long left now of our 3 hour session but it has certainly been a busy 3 hours so far! I cast back out and the current really starts to pick up speed it’s amazing to watch the current here steam past you like a fast flowing river and the power it

Nice spotted ray

has and just gives you that reminder not to mess with Mother Nature as you could be in a lot of trouble if you do! The alarm went off on my phone time to head back in as its small tide and the water empties quickly at the back of the harbour, we safely stow the leads and hooks and start to motor back in mooring up and tackling down by the time we were packed away and ready the tide was gone and boat hull was on the sand closing down the remaining bits and putting the deck cover back on we head up the launch ramp saying about what a good day it was for 3 hours action the totally tally was 12 dogfish and a boot lace eel for the old one and 11 dogs a 6lb strap conger and a 7lb smooth hound to the youth! Youth wins the day today but we shall see who gets the win tomorrow! PART 2: With plans the next day having to change we couldn’t get out on the boat for part two so we decided to fish from the shore instead on the same mark, again we only had three hours but would fish it down to low tide going into dusk we turned up and started walking down to the water edge over large boulders which I absolutely hate fishing off which is why i

Boat caught Smoothound

don’t often visit the mark and Keith’s opinion of them sounded the same as he was climbing over the ankle breakers. Down at the water edge we set up a single tripod and are fishing one rod each I was using the tip tornado graphex super match with a battle 2 reel and Keith had the WR300 with battle 2 reel Keith was on mono and myself was on braid. Rigging up and sun was low in the sky making lots of bright blue sky and low down dusky deep pink and grey clouds coupled with a millpond sea reflecting the sky it was looking good. All rigged up Keith had chosen a two hook flapper with 1/0 hooks and one sand eel bait and the other squid, I chose a pulley rig and a up and over rig for when I change baits. Keith cast out first and decided he was going to fish in close so was about 50 yards out, as he was in close I baited up with sand eel and figured I would see what happening at range and if he does well in close ill reassess later on! Time went past with a few bait changes a lot of wildlife watching and some fishing chitchat and willing the fish to bite! More time passed some drink was taken in and finally a bite I scramble to my feet

leave it a second and it goes again so lift into the rod and bite missed, gutted! Reeling it in I change the bait optimistically and fire it out again 100+ meters. Its just approaching low tide and the old boy was about to pull it in and I said let’s just do the last 15 mins we may as well see it out and it can happen all to often in those minutes, we were talking away when i saw his rod tip go not massive but a definite bite I point it out and he’s ready by the rod its off again and Keith strikes into it starts reeling in and can’t feel anything he keeps reeling in and it kicks back its up on the surface pretty quickly and it’s a fish! A small spotty ray! As Keith holds the ray I unhook him and then take a quick photo. The ray swims off strongly and that was a first spotty for the old boy so a PB We get back and pack down and the day is taken by the old blood one session apiece but all in all a most enjoyable time and quality father son time too even if he was annoying and won the second leg! Till next month tight lines

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Hooray. We can do it again. 8th Shore competition held on Saturday 4th July 2020. Lymington & District Sea Fishing Club held it’s first competition since the lockdown was lifted, which was a shore competition held at Sandbanks, Poole. This was a changed venue from Southbourne due to a very strong south-westerly wind. Seven club members signed on but sadly due to weather conditions only two man‐ aged to weigh in fish which consisted of

bream, plaice and sole. Four fish in total for a weight of 2lb 8-5/8 oz. The best round fish of the evening went to Ben Daniel with a bream of 10oz. The best flat fish went to Malcolm Stote with a plaice of 1lb 1/8 0z. 1st Malcolm Stote with 3 fish for 1lb 145/8oz. 2nd Ben Daniel 1 fish for 10oz. All the fish are weighed immediately and gently replaced back into the sea and only edible fish are retained. Best Specimen pool of £7-00 is a rollover till the next competition.

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My son Kyle Aldridge was invited to join us on teddie boy charters from Minehead. We are a group of 5 guy’s from different fishing backgrounds who have a passion for fishing. Our modest group is called...most marvellous, not because we are, it’s the fish we seek that have that honour. Anyway Kyle outfished us all. He had conger to 11lb Blonde ray to 12lb. Smoothound to 10lb and a cracking Rockling.


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