Fishing is at last picking up some what now. Bream and Gurnards are know showing but the Mackerel seem thin on the ground. Adam Taylor won the Self Drive Plaice Comp last night at Beer with 3 nice Plaice. 2nd was Karl Allen and Third was James Trevett.
At last boats are starting to get out on both the South and North coasts. The trips from Beer are finding Pollack, Mackerel, Pout, Doggies and Wrasse. Very soon we should see the start of the Black Bream in Lyme Bay.
Just the odd boat getting out still. Leons trips finding a few Pollack and Whiting. A couple of small boats got out from Lyme last week and had Bull Huss and a few Pollack.
Not sure if anyone has got out yet! Normally once we get into late March or early April it will start to pick up some what. The Mackerel and Plaice normally start to show.
The weather does seem to be hindering the boats getting out so not that much happening at the moment. Bill Cassar has been out from Brixham and found some nice Pollack up to around 13lb. Mike Spiller fished out from Watchet at the weekend, fishing was poor but he did find a Thornback of around 7lb.
A few around in the boats on both the south and north coast. There were some nice Spur dogs caught out from Minehead recently along with a tasty Cod of 15lb for Steve Butler. Best of the Spurs was 13lb plus for both Mike Spiller and Karl Allen, Tom Travers had one of 12lb plus also.
Well there were still a few Bream around out from Beer but with this cold weather coming that might be it fir now. A few nice Whiting along with Mackerel were caught recently out from Beer.
Mike Spiller had a nice Cod recently of around 8lb and the boys have been out from Lyme in the small boats and had some Undulate ray, Pollack and John Dory.
If you can get out with all the wind around at present there are some nice fish to be caught locally. Big mackerel and black bream being caught on the local reefs.
The club held its 2 boat summer farye at Minehead recently and a great day was had on both boats. Fish caught were Doggies, Conger, Rockling, Huss, Whiting, Blondes, Small eyed, Thornbacks and Blondes. For the 3rd year running Jim Ogbourne came out on top with 360 pts. Nor far behind was Mike Spiller on 323 pts.
The beer boat trip went out on Sunday and it didn't turn out too bad in the end. A nice few Bream came aboard plus all the other normal bits and pieces that visit the reefs.
The Small boat event has just taken place at Salcombe and had a great entry from club members taking part on both days. Lots of fish caught in the small boats. James Trevett came 2nd in the event catching a conger and small eyed combination. 8th spot went to Wayne Harwood and 9th went to Mike Spiller. Steve Butler took the best Flatfish award with a Plaice of 1lb 8oz. A great weekend camping and a good laugh.
The weather is not helping at the moment with wind and rain more recently. Young Archie Sweatland has been out with Uncle Luke and had Bass, Cod, Gars, Small Eyes, Undulates and Thornbacks just off Beer and Seaton. Adam Taylor had a nice Tub Gurnard from Lyme recently of nearly 3.5lb whilst out with Tom in there small boat. Plenty of Bream now around at all the normal spots out there. Leons midweek trips have been finding plenty along with other bits and pieces.
Boats out from Beer now seem to be finding some nice Black Bream at last. Leons midweek trips have been a little slow but recently a few Cod, Bass and bream have shown up. Mackerel and Plaice are still being caught in around Seaton, so its always a good bet to get out and give it a go.
The Beer Regattaa self drive competition was held by the club last weekend and a great day was had by all with lots of fish being reported. In all some 15 species were caught and released on the 4 hour event. Winner was Barry Trevett from Sidmouth with 10 species. Runner up was Mike Foyle from Bournmouth with 9 species. Two specimen Red Gurnards were caught, Chris Sweatland had one of 1lb 110z and Mike Spiller had one pf 1lb 4oz.
Dens funeral took place during the week and around 150 people came along on this sad day. RIP Dennis and thanks for all you have done for everyone.
Well the first Bream are now being caught off Beer. Leons trip have seen some plus Pollack and Gurnards. James ventured out on his Yak and had a nice Thorny of 12lb along with Mackeral, Dogs and Gurnards.
Last weekend we had the Inter-club boat against Beer and District. A good day was had with Mike, Scott and Adam lifting the cup for Honiton for another year. The score was tight with Honiton Beating beer by around 20 pts. Best fish of the day was a nice Bass for Mike Spiller of 6lb 2oz.
A very sad post that has to put up but last Friday at 11pm our Chairman Dennis Retter sadly passed away after a short illness. At this very sad times we are thinking about Pam and the rest of the family.
Boats have been getting afloat from time to time but the May water seems to be putting fish down a bit at the moment. Plaice are being caught in the boats at Seaton Bay to worm,prawn and squid baits. It wont be long until we see a few Brill and Turbot showing up! James Trevett has been been out with his brother from Axmouth and found some nice inshore wreck Pollack up to 15lb
Leons midweek trip have been affected by the May Water with the fishing slow of late. A few Pollack on the reefs, Chris Grady did have a nice Tub Gurnard of over 4lb when out with Cyril. The first of the Minehead boats got out in early May with Marcus on the Mary Ellen, fishing was ok with a smattering of Rays with Tom Travers catching both Small Eyed and Thornbacks. Paul Munday caught and lost a nice Smoothy at the side of the boat. Junior Archie Sweetland was out with the lads and found a nice Small Eyed Ray of 5lb along with plenty of Doggies. Best fish of the trip went to Mike Spiller with a nice Small Eyed of 11lb 3oz.
Well the local inshore reefs are now starting to fish well with Leons midweekers having some great catches out with Cyril on Blue Lady. Plenty of Pollack being caught along with Herring and Mackerel. A nice Undulate was also boated.
Mike Spiller went out with Dave Pitman from Weymouth on the boat Atlanta last weekend. Mike Landed around a dozen Black Bream up to 2-9-0 to the East of Weymouth. Mike also had a tasty Turbot during the trip along with Pollack and Doggies.
Boats seem to be getting out more regular at last know. Bill Cassar had some nice Spurs recently up at Ilfracombe, best was one of 16lb. The boats at Beer are getting afloat and finding all the normal reef fish along with a few Plaice in the bay. Club junior Archie Sweetland had a good day at Beer on Sunday he had a good catch of Pollack, Wrasse and Pouting. T om Travers also took his new own boat out at Lyme and found some nice fish with Pollack to around 7lb.
A few now getting out on the local marks. James Trevett has been out with brother Barry and found some nice pollack to just over 15lb. The first club trip for ages got out from Beer last weekend and we saw over 10 different species caught, a few nice huss, wrasse and conger all coming aboard. Leons midweekers have been out with Cyril also and they have seen a few Pollack and all the normal reef fish on the drift.
A little more happening now at last. Bill and Karl have found some tasty Pollack from Brixham fishing aboard the boat Spot On. Mike Spiller fished out from Beer on Sunday and managed 9 different species of fish which included a nice Cuckoo Wrasse of 1lb 6oz. Other fish caught in this Feb trip was Mackerel and Tub Gurnard!!!
Its all a bit slow!
Reports of Bream still being caught off Beer last week along with Mackerel and Garfish! CRAZY
Stu Pike had a great catch last week from his own boat at West Bay with a cracking Undulate Ray of 15lb 14oz. Not to be out done Steve Butler had a cracking Brill out from Beer with Kim Aplin, it weighed 7lb 11oz. Two very nice fish indeed.
A few trips have got out locally and from weymouth and Brixham. Bill and Karl have been out on Spot on at Brixham and found some tidy pollack, Bill also found a nice tasty Bass before this years ban had come in!. Mike Spiller fished at Weymouth a couple of weeks ago and had three nice Blond Ray to 14lb, other fish caught were Doggies, Whiting and Pout.
Leon had a midweek trip over the xmas break which found a few nice reek Pollack on the reefs for Dave Baugh and Mike Spiller. Other fish were Doggies, Pout and still a nice few Mackerel around!
On another trip out over Xmas Mike Spiller and Chris 'The Skin' Sweetland had plenty of Whiting and Mackerel down to the west of Beer. Chris had a nice Mackerel of around 1lb 6oz along with a few nice Whiting to over 2lb.
Not much activity in the boats at present but Leon is managing to get out when the weather is good. Plenty of Whiting and Mackerel are now being caught down towards Sidmouth. With Sprat showing them Bass cant be far away!
Still plenty of Bream about I am told out off Beer and Lyme. Leons boys have been finding them during the midweek trips, several of these are well over 3lb in weight.
Jimbo fished aboard the Rose Anne a few weeks back and he had a first in the club which was a Chub Mackerel of 1lb 5oz, this will set a new club record.
Still a nice lot of Bream around off Beer and Lyme I here via James Trevett and Leon Rice. Plenty being caught along with a few Bass and Gurnard.
Still good fishing out from Beer according to Leon over at Sidmouth. A few cod starting to show and the Black Bream fishing has picked up at last.
Good fishing continues off Lyme and Beer with some good catches of bream etc. Leon Rice trips have seen some nice catches midweek with Cyril.
A club trip up off Minehead a few weeks back was patchy but did see some ray and smoothound catches and some nice conger.
28-8-16. The summer farye took place up at Minehead at the weekend and the fishing was ok. Fish caught were Ray, Conger, Doggies, Huss and Smoothouds. Jim Ogbourne retained his crown again this year on Marcus boat. Secound place was Mike Spiller and the best on the other boat was Adam Squance and Richard Trim.
Leon had a midweek trip today out from Beer and again so good fish were caught along with a few tasty Bream. Reports also that on Saturday a small Stingray was caught on Cyrils boat by Carol Pike and it weighed around 5lb.
All sorts of fish are now being caught locally out from Beer with Cyril plus small boats working out from Lyme. Bream are now showing well with plenty being caught some days.
The Beer regatta self drive open took place last week with 30 anglers taking part in 10 small boats. The winner on the day was Terry Harrtnell with 7 species and a Gurnard of 12oz. Second spot went to James Trevett with 7 species plus a smaller Gurnard. Thanks to all that made this event work.
A few mixed bags still being caught with lots of Smoothound up around Minehead. Lots of fish being recorded around 8lb. Mike Spiller took his own boat out from Lyme and found some Plaice, Smoothounds and a solitary Black Bream.
Scott Rice had a cracking Wrasse from his kayak at the weekend it weighed well over 5lb (nice one Scotty) James Trevett has just returned from an Alderney trip and some nice fish were caught including Turbot to 7lb and some nice Ling to 27lb. James also managed a small Tope on the last day of around 20lb.
A few bits now showing from the boats. Some good hounds up at Minehead mostly around the 7lb mark. Adam Squance had a 11lb er last week and James Trevett did manage a nice Small Eyed just over 10lb. Both fish out with Marcus James on the Mary Ellan.
At Beer and Lyme all the normal bits coming in over the last few weeks. Mike Spiller had a nice cod of 11lb out with Cyril, other fish on the boat were Plaice and wrasse etc etc. Leons midweekers have seen some Pollack and the odd Cod plus Plaice. James and Barry Trevett ventured out from Dartmouth and had some decent Cod and Ling with a few Pollack for good measures.
When Cyril is away the boys will play Leon said today! With Cyril away on holiday Leons trip went out with ghetie on Friday and what a day they had with plenty of nice fish with Pollack, Cod and Bass reported. Other fish caught were Gars, Wrasse and Gurnards.
The last Beer trip saw some Pollack along with all the normal reef fish caught. A few Mackerel showed up along with a Garfish for James. There were also some nice Plaice caught in the last hour just off Seaton. Leons trips have also been good with plenty of fish being caught. Chris Grady by all accounts has been fishing his socks off. WELL DONE CHRIS.
James and Barry Trevett have also been out recently in James boat moored at Lyme, best cuckoo of the day went to James with a fish of 1-4-8.
Fishing starting to gather pace at the moment with some nice fish being reported from most areas. James Trevett and Mike Spiller had a trip out from Weymouth at the weekend, James done well landing a Turbot, Brill, Thornback and the first Black Bream of the season. Mike did however manage to winkle out 4 Red Band Fish to set a new club record.
Leon reports Pollack, Herring, Garfish, Mackerel and some nice Gurnards being landed on most trips out with Cyril at Beer
A few trips have got out in the midweek from Beer and up on the North coast. Leons trip saw some nice fresh Mackerel and Herring along with a couple of nice Tub Gurnads. A few fish around in the channel with the odd Smoothounds along with Huss and Conger.
A few nice Pout and Cuckoo Wrasse have been caught recently with Leon Rice having a couple of Pout well over 3lb out from Beer. James and Barry Trevett along with Scott Rice had some nice Cuckoo Wrasse during the week with half a dozen fish over the 1-4-0 weight. James had the best at 1-12-8. James and Mike Spiller had another go on Saturday and Mike manages two fish over specimen with the best at 1-8-0.
It has also been reported that two nice Cod were caught out from Beer with the best at nearly 30lb!
Leon has managed to get out just from Beer in the week. A few nice Whiting and there were a few nice plump Pout landed during the day. Best one was around 3lb 6oz for James Trevett. James managed to get out in his small boat this week from Lyme and a few nice pollock were caught on the inshore wrecks. Best one of these was 13lb.
7-2-16. Well the bad weather continues with constant wind and rain.
James, Barry and Scott fished from there own small boat up at Minehead and a good day was had. Best fish was a Small Eyed just over 11lb for James. other fish caught during the trip were Cod, Conger, Blonde Ray.
Last Sunday the first trip of the year took place out from Beer. Not a fantastic day but everyone landed Doggies, Pout and Whiting. Bill and Karl have been out wrecking from Dartmouth and found a few bits and Pieces with Karl having the best Pollack around 12lb.
Well what a wash out, has anyone been???
The Westward Festival took place at Blue Anchor and Minehead yesterday with 8 clubs taking part. A nice day weather wise but the fishing was generally a bit slow. Winning club on the day were West Coast with Blackdown in runners up spot. Honiton came away in 7th spot. A big thanks to the whole team for taking time out and supporting this event.
Not much happening on the boat front at the moment as the weather seems to have closed in a bit now. Mike Spiller did manage to get out from Weymouth recently on the boat Atlanta. A nice selection of fish were caught during the day and Mike got his first Undulate Ray which weighed in at 13-4-0.
Club trip last weekend with Cyril was a little slow but a few fish did show in the end. A couple of small Ray fro Scotty Rice (Undulate and a Blonde) Steve Butler had the only small Bream of the day with two small fish. apart from that it was a few odd Doggies and some small Plaice.
Terry Barrett also had a go out on the Skerries area with his good friend Gordon Richards at the end of last week and by what I have heard had a great trip on Gordon's private boat. Best fish for Terry on the day was a massive Blonde Ray of 31-9-12. Lots of other rays were caught during the day with many in the 20lb range.
Leon managed to squeeze in a quick trip with Dave Newton at Beer between the weather last week. Again Leon found the biggest Bream on the day with fish of 3-11-0. New club member Chris Grady also joined them for his first trip with the club, Chris had a great day landing lots of PB's on the day which included Pollack and Bream. Well done Chris glad you had a great time with us.
The midweekers had a trip out from Beer last week and again found some nice fish topped off with another nice Bream for Leon Rice of 4-4-0. By all accounts they had a few small Cod to go with the haul. James Trevett also took his New SMALL BOAT out from Lyme for a few hours. Fish caught were a nice few Cod and some small Bream. Scott Rice joined the crew for one of the midweek trips with Cyril Newton, Scotty was rewarded with a cracking Bass of 11-2-0. (NICE FISH SCOTT)
Had the club trip out from Beer last week and conditions were perfect on the boat 'Blue Lady'. Instead of fishing the reefs it was decided to push offshore in search of big Bream and Conger on the inshore wrecks. Both of these fish were captured with Leon Rice having the best Bream with a nice fish of 4-7-0. Other good ones were caught also by Wayne Harwood and Mike Spiller around the 3-0-0 mark. Congers also showed up on the day with many taken all around the 20lb mark.
Still a few Cod and other bits and pieces being caught out from Beer. Leon Rice went out this week and had the best of the Bream with a fish of 3-12-0.
Some nice fish have been reported recently from the boats. Leon has been out with the midweek crew and found some nice Cod, Plaice and Bream. Leon also recently had a cuckoo Wrasse of 1-14-0. The monthly trip went out with Cyril last Sunday and it was not too bad with a few Bream caught along with all the other normal bits and bobs caught.
Bill Cassar went out with Kim Aplin on Saturday and recorded a Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-4-8 and on the Sunday Bill, Karl and Terry went out on Spot On at Brixham and had a good day. Some nice Ling and Cod were caught and Terry had a nice Black Bream on the wrecks of 5-4-8.
Great news that Terry Hartnell once again won the Beer Regatta Open Boat comp recently. Terry fished with Kim Aplin on the Sambi and won the points competition by 9 pts. Well done champ!
A few nice fish are now coming in off the Beer trips. Leon has had his midweek trips and found some nice Bream, Cod, Bass and Gurnards. Its nice to see the Black Bream at last coming into play on rod and line. Last Sunday saw the monthly trip out from Beer on the Blue Lady, again a good selection of fish were caught through the day. Along with a few Plaice they had Bream and some Cod on the Tennants.
Mike Spiller and Steve Butler have just returned from Sandland Brygge in Norway. The eight days fishing were good along with the weather. Fish caught were Cod, Wolf fish, Haddock, Dabs, Coalfish and Halibut. Steve done well catching some nice PB's Coalfish, Wolf fish, Cod, Halibut and Haddock. Steve best Halibut was in the range of 25lb ish. Mike also managed to find some Haddock, Dabs, Wolfies, Cod and Halibut, Mikes best Halibut was just over 80lb. In all the party of six had around 47 Halibut during the trip. One of the other parties there from Lyme Regis had the best Halibut of the year from Sandland, it was caught in just 20m of water and weighed 165lb ish.
Leon Rice has been out and about at Beer again on the Blue Lady. Some nice fish were recorded with Bass, Cod Pout and a monster Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-12-0! Now that is a nice Cuckoo
Mike Spiller went afloat out from Minehead last Saturday and a good day was had by all. Marcus James took the trip out on the 'Edwin John' A few nice Smoothounds were caught with best going 11-8-0 for DOE sac member Steve Parker. There were a few Blonde Ray caught with the biggest at 14lb, lots of Conger getting near to 30lb for the biggest and plenty of nice size Bull Huss to around 11lb.
Bill Cassar and Karl Roberts have returned recently from the C I on the boat 'Spot On' from Brixham. By all accounts they had a great time and caught plenty of fish on the five day trip. Lots of small Turbot to no great size but they did have some cracking Brill to 9-1-0 for Karl Other Brill caught also weighed in at 5-12-0 and 6-9-0. Other fish caught were Black Bream to 4-5-0 for Bill cassar plus the party also had Cod, Pollack and Conger. Sounds like a good trip to me.
The two boat Minehead Summer Farye competition took place last weekend and Jim Ogbourne came out on top, James Trevett took the honours for the R/U spot on what turned to be a bit of a poor day really on Minehead standards. However there were Rays, Bull Huss, Dogs, Bass, Codling, Congers and pouting caught during the match.
A few nice Bass now starting to show. Mike Spiller took his own small boat out last night and found a nice Bass of 8lb to his live Mackerel bait suspended just off the bottom. It was also nice to see a few Mackerel around now also.
James Trevett took his own boat out from Lyme yesterday and found some nice fish. A good mixed day was had with a couple of Bass also. Best fish of the day was a Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-9-0 for brother Barry.
A good trip out with Cyril yesterday on the monthly Sunday trip. A good number of Cod to 8lb along with a dozen or so Plaice to 2-8-0. Ronnie Cockett had the best Plaice at 2-8-8. Scotty Rice had the most Cod on board with 7 or 8 fish. Other fish caught were Wrasse, Pollack, Mackerel, Doggies, Garfish and Pouting. A good all round sort of day and Wayne kept us laughing for most of it.
Still some good fish coming in for the boats fishing out of Beer and Lyme Regis. Mike Spiller took a trip out from Minehead last Saturday on the boat 'Teddy Boy' and had a really good day on the Hounds and Bull Huss loads of fish caught all day with Hounds to around 10lb.
A few fish starting to show now out in Lyme Bay. A nice few Cod around on the wrecks I here with one or two Bass also (remember now you can only keep 3 fish) Mackerel still seem to be hit and miss at times.
Bill Cassar and Karl Roberts took a ride out with Marcus at Minehead on the 'Mary Ellan' yesterday. By all accounts it was a cracking day with some good fish caught during the day. Bill had the best of the fish with a Small Eyed of 10lb 8oz along with a nice Huss of 10lb and Smoothound also to 9lb.
10 anglers went afloat with Dave Harrisson at Dartmouth (Gemini) yesterday. The trip was a Plaice trip drifting over the Skerries Band. Around 50/60 were caught during the day with everyone taking a few tasty fish home for tea. The best one of the day was caught by Ronnie 'the Rocket' Cockett. Other fish caught were Mackerel, Gurnard, Whiting and Small Eyed Ray.
Still reports of a few nice Plaice coming in from the boats over the weekend, at least now they would be worthy of keeping for the table if you wanted one?
Two boats went out from Minehead yesterday on what turned out to be a lumpy day wind wise. Still a nice bit caught, mainly on one boat anyway. All four main Ray types were caught (and released) Sissy Stanford had a nice Small Eyed of nearly 9lb and Dave Baugh had a Thorny of 8lb. The best Smoothound went to Wayne Harwood with a nice fish of just over 11lb. Other fish caught were Rockling, Whiting, Doggies, Codling and Bull Huss. Best fish of the day was Wayne with his Smoothound.
Leon Rice had his midweek trip last week and there were a few bits and pieces around for the anglers. Fish caught were Cod, Pollack etc. By all accounts it was jelly fish central out there!
M Spiller had his first Minehad trip last week and it was a tadge windy. It was from the S/W so it was not too bad on the day. Chris and Archie Sweetland came along on the day and they had a good day with Doggies, Thornback Ray and Small Eyed Ray, Archie had the best Thornback with a fish just over 8lb. Not much else about but Alex Parker did find an early Smoothound with a fish of nearly 12lb.
Still some nice reports coming in of a few nice Plaice being caught all around Lyme Bay with good numbers being caught at times.
Strong winds not helping at the moment with the boat fishing. When local boats can get out the fishing seems to be ok with lots of Plaice inshore and on the reefs for Pollack, Cod, Wrasse and Doggies etc.
The monthly trip took place last Sunday from Beer and there were two boats that went out with some members on both boats. Fish caught were Cod, pout, doggies, Bull Huss, Ballans, Cuckoo Wrasse, Whiting, Pollack, Ling, Plaice and Conger etc. Best fish on Blue Lady was Dave Baugh with a Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-2-0. Also nice to see on the day was a nice Ling of just over 4lb for Wayne Harwood and a few Plaice were caught just off Seaton!
Mike Spiller and James Trevett went out in James Alaska 500 small boat yesterday from Lyme and found a few nice fish. James had a cracking early season Black Bream of 3lb 5oz. They also found plenty of Pollack to 6lb, Cuckoo Wrasse to 1-4-0 and ended up with 16 Plaice between them to around 2lb in size. A great day, cheers James.
A few boats getting out and about again with this fine weather that we are having at the moment. Leon Rice has got out a couple of times and found a few Pollack and Cod on the inshore reefs and wrecks. Hi is out today with Cyril on Blue Lady with Archie and Carol Pike. A few Pollack have been caught with the best Pollack for Carol Pike of 14lb.
A few Plaice are also being reported by the Lyme boats, a nice few (but thin Plaice) are being caught on the local grounds to Lyme Regis, one boat reported over 75 in one trip. Most of these were put back for another day. Give it another month and they will be nice and plump and fat for the frying pan!
Bad weather playing havoc at the moment with the local boats at Beer. Mike Spiller and Wayne Harwood got out from Minehead on Saturday with Steve Webber on the boat 'Ospray'. It was only a short 4 hour trip but fishing was slow with a few Codling and Doggies a small Ray and one guy had a nice Spurdog of 14lb.
The Lively Lady second heat took place on Sunday at Beer and it did not turn out too bad weather wise in the end. Nice and calm but a chilly breeze made for a nice day afloat with Kim Aplin on the boat 'Sambi'. Beer and District were taking a small 20% lead into this leg so it was all to play for in this 4 man team event. The fishing on the day was ok ish with Pout, Pollack, Doggies, Wrasse, Whiting and Huss being caught. Mike Spiller managed the highest score on the day with 340% and Bill Cassar had the best specimen with a Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-4-8.
It was very tight when the scores were worked out but Honiton just managed to claw back to a 70% victory after the two heats. A good day was had by all and many thanks to the Beer team for making a great day out there.
Last Sunday was the monthly trip out from Beer with Cyril on the Blue Lady, more club anglers also fished with Kim Aplin on the Sambi. Nothing tearing caught but all in all not a bad day with Pouting, Pollack, Whiting, Mackerel, Doggies being caught. Best fish on the day was Mike Spiller with a Pouting of around 2.5lb.
A bit of action happening at last with Mike Spiller managing a day afloat during the boat section of the Torbay Shield. Fish Mike caught during the day were Conger, Ballans, Cuckoo Wrasse, Pouting and Doggies. This was enough to give him second spot in the boat section behind Dave Winsborrow of the Teignmouth club.
Seems like everything has been blown off this weekend, roll on April/May !
A few boats have been out and about over the holiday period. Mike Spiller had a trip out from Beer on the Blue Lady. Whiting were the target fish for the table and some nice fish came aboard during the day. Best fish was a Whiting of nearly 3lb.
Leon reported that Scott Rice had been out in his Kayak recently and had some really good fishing locally. Loads of Conger up to around 20lb, Plaice, Gurnard, Whiting and Doggies. All coming in around Seaton Bay. Sounds a good trip.
A few nice Whiting and Mackerel being reported from Leon's mid week trip last week. It seems the fish are feeding well down on the Western grounds.
A bit of action from some of the small boat guys at the weekend. James and Barry Trevett took their boat to the Dartmouth area on Sunday and were rewarded with some nice Blonde Ray action. A good number of fish being caught up to nearly 24lb. No Plaice reported on the Skerries but Barry did pick up a nice Red Gurnard of nearly 2lb.
Mike Spiller also got out in his 15 ft Shetland on Sunday, this time targeting some Flounder in the River Exe. In all Mike had four Flounder with the best one weighing 2-5-0. All the fish being caught on Peeler Crab.
A few trips getting out mostly from Beer when the weather is fit. Still a few Bream and Gurnards around but they do seem to be thinning out now the Winter weather is approaching. On the last trip out from Beer last weekend there was mixed fishing for all with Bream, Gurnards, Mackerel, Garfish, Pout, Whiting, Doggies and Wrasse being caught.
The monthly trip took place out from Beer a couple weeks ago and it was touch and go for a while if we went. (choppy) In the end we went along with Kims boat with Bill and Karl and gave it a go, and to be honest it was not too bad once we got the anchor to dig in!!!(not sure if Ronnie would agree mind) Fish came in fairly steady during the day with Wrasse, Pollack, Bream, Gars, Doggies, Mackerel, Pouting and Gurnards. Steve Butler did manage a nice reef Pollack of 10-0-8 on Mackerel bait.
Leon had one of his midweek trips last week and again I don't think the weather was ideal on the day. A good mixed days fishing was had and James Trevett did manage another nice Black Bream of nearly 4lb.
Leon had a midweek trip yesterday and they just managed to have a good day but the weather was not perfect. Plenty of good fish were caught and also lost by all accounts (Craig) A good number of Bream were caught during the day with also Gurnards and a couple of very tasty John Dory!
Hopefully when the weather gets better the fishing will still carry on and be good. The Torbay Shield was cancelled last weekend due to the weather forecast. The next boat trip out from Beer should be this Sunday!
Plenty of good fishing being had out from Beer on the local boats. Leon Rice had a mid week trip last week and had his best ever day fishing for Bream and other fish. More than 100 bream caught and mostly returned for another day. Other fish caught were big Mackerel (over 2lb) along with all the other normal species. Leons best Mackerel was weighed at 2-3-0.
Mike Spiller a quick trip with Kim Aplin on Sunday, just managed to get out before the strong winds came. Not a brilliant day but plenty of Bream and Gurnards were caught along with a few other bits and pieces.
Still the ray and Bream are being caught out off Beer. Last Sunday saw the monthly trip with Cyril and it was not a brilliant day for some reason (one angler blanked!!!!!) Best fish was Richard Kemp with a Red Gurnard just under specimen. Other fish caught were Wrasse, LSD, Mackerel and Bream.
Dave Baugh recently broke the club record for a John Dory with a fish of 1-12-0 out from Beer.
Bream and more Bream seems to be the normal catch in the boats out off Beer at the moment. Leon Rice has had some nice ones up to around 3lb +. Dave Baugh fished the midweek trip recently and had another cracker of 4-12-0, Archie Pike also had some bice ones too up to nearly 4lb.
Mike Spiller and Terry Hartnell have recently come back from boating in Norway. Plenty of fish were caught and returned, the six strong party had 93 Halibut during their stay to a weight of 86lb. The Cod fishing was also good and the best one of the bunch weighed 61lb for Juliun Driver. Other fish caught were Coalfish to around 25lb, Haddock and Wolffish.
Beer Regatta boat comp took place last weekend and all in all it did not go too bad. The weather was far from ideal but the fishing was good with a fair bit caught during the day. Winner of the day was Andy Osborne who was fishing with Greg Westlake. John Stanford did manage to get into third spot and he also managed to win the best Bream cup with a fish of 1-9-8.
The first heat of the Lively Lady boats took place out from Beer on Sunday aboard Kimmers boat 'Sambi'. Two teams of four anglers from both Honiton and Beer and District went head to head for the first heat of the year. In all some 12 different species were caught during the day with Mike Spiller gained the most points on the day with 390% (weighing in one of each species) The best specimen on the day went to John the sissy Stanford with a near specimen Cuckoo Wrasse of 92%. At the end of the day it could not have been much tighter with Beer scoring 1187 % and Honiton just 18% behind on 1168%. Well done to Beer and thanks for a great day afloat, with some good banter. Second heat will be later in the year!
Cyrils boat the Blue Lady has again been featuring in some great catches last week. On Friday two records were broken in one day with James Trevett recording a huge Black Bream of 5-2-0, James also had a cracker of a Conger of 70-0-0 dead which also takes Leons record away from the fish he had recently of 65-15-0. All in all it sounds like a good day was had by most fishing aboard.
Again some catches being reported from the Beer boats with a good number of Bream being caught by Bill and Karl from Sidmouth. Gurnards are also showing well at the moment, the best from Bills trip was Karl Roberts with a cracking Red Gurnard of 1-8-0. By all accounts mackerel are still pretty scarce!!!
Reports of still good fishing out from Beer with both Cyril and Kim Aplin. Bill Cassar and Karl Roberts had a trip with Kim recently and had a few bits and pieces, Bill also caught and released a nice Small Eyed Ray of 9-8-0 which is nice to see. Leon Rice also went out on Thursday with his crew and had some nice bream again along with a few Pollack
A few getting out at the moment. James Trevett, Wayne Harwood and Mike Spiller went down to the Skerries in James Alaska on Saturday and had a go for the Plaice on the banks. Some 30 odd Plaice were caught during the day, many put back to grow bigger. Best Plaice of the day would hane been around 1-12-0 size.
Sunday saw the normal monthly date with Cyril at beer. Lots of different fish were caught with around 14 different species being recorded. There were also a nice number (30) of Bream recorded also with a size up around 2.5lbs approx.
Plenty of sport being reported out from Minehead with Marcus James, there are Smothounds all over the area up there. Nothing massive reported to date, James and Barry Trevett have both had them well into the 13lb range and Mike Spiller had one just over 11lb.
On the Beer boats things also are hotting up with Black Bream now showing to 2.5lb and some nice Gurnard also being caught. Dave Baugh managed a nice Red Gurnard a shade under specimen. The best fish reported to date recently was a cracking Brill for John Stanford of 6-1-8.
A few medium size congers (34lb) were reported last night out from Lyme Regis. James Trevett took to the seas in his Alaska 500 in search of a bit of fun and by the sounds of it it turned out to be a good evening all around.
Leon Rice had his weekly trip out from Beer recently and I understand there were a few old faces present! (Trigger Dominy) a good day was had by all I here with a good selection being caught. There were also a nice few tasty Cod and Bass taken for the table I here.
Two boats from Minehead went out yesterday on the Summer Fayre and it was a fairy good day. Six on with Dave James and six on with Marcus James for this 6 hour comp for catch and release. Fish caught included Doggies, Smoothounds, Thornies, Small Eyes, Turbot, Bull Huss and a Tub Gurnard!
Winner of the day was James Trevett who scored 275 points. Second spot went to Mike Spiller with 220 points and third was Barry Trevett with 200 points. Best Smoothound of the day fell to Mike Spiller with a nice Starry of 11-4-0.
Other interesting things from yesterday, Big Karl managed three seagulls and Barry Trevett tried but failed to eat his breakfast off his lap :0)
A few catch reports now coming through as the weather turns more settled. Greg Jackson fished with some mates out from Weymouth at the weekend and sounds like a good day was had by all. Fish coming aboard were Pollack, Cod, Ling and even had some Plaice on the Shambles. Not sure of any weights but Greg sounded super excited when he came in!
Reports of a few Bream and Red Gurnard now being caught out off Beer with Kimmer Aplin on the boat 'Sambi'. Karl Roberts also had a nice catch and release Conger of 50lb on Sunday with Kimmer.
Mike Spiller fished aboard Scooby Doo Too out from Watchett on Sunday morning. Plenty of Taunton Trout were caught along with Conger and Thornies, Mike also managed a tasty Ling, but lost a mother of a Smoothound :-(
Leon's weekly trip out from Beer with 'Blue Lady' found a few different species. About a dozen Cod were caught during the day drifting around out off Beer, nothing big but nice to see them still. Other fish caught during the day was Red Gurnards to a good size. Leon also managed a good Pout on the sidewinders during the drifting, this one weighed in at 3-1-0!
Mike Spiller had a trip out with Marcus James on the Mary Ellen at Minehead on Saturday afternoon and boy was it WET! The sea was flat and this enabled the boat to push off a little and fish the deeper water. Wayne Harwood managed a Tope of around 20lb. Alex Parker of the Doe club and Chairman of the Wyvern Region had a nice Smoothound of 11-8-0. His brother Steve also found some nice fish with Thornbacks, Bull Huss and Smoothounds.
Well Leon Rice is really finding the fish recently. On a boat trip out from Beer yesterday with Cyril Newton on Blue Lady they had a cracking day having a go for some Conger. Around 15 were caught during the trip with the best one going a lumpy 65-15-0 for Leon. Nice fish.
A good trip was had out from Minehead yesterday with Marcus James. 19 ray in total caught with Blondes, Small Eyed, Spotted and Thornback being caught. Best of the Blondes were up around the 15lb mark for James Trevett. Other fish caught included Conger to 23lb for Barry Trevett, Huss and a single Smoothound for Matt Kerslake of nearly 7lb.
On a midweek trip out from Beer in the week Leon Rice had a cracking Tub Gurnard of 3-11-0, by all accounts it was caught on a side winder!. It was also reported that there were a nice lot of Pollack caught on the day by all.
A few reports of fish coming through from the boats. Bill Cassar had a nice Thornback Ray whilst out with Karl Roberts in their own boat from Lyme, reports have indicated that there were Smoothound caught also. The Thornback for Bill weighed just under 13lb.
The monthly trip from Beer with Cyril Newton was fished on Sunday and for a change I here the weather was good but the fishing could have been better! One of the better fish caught I here was another nice Thorny for John Stanford into double figures.
A few fish showing up now along our coast. Mike Spiller took his own new boat 'The Isis' out from Lyme and found a few Plaice feeding up off Seatown along with a few Doggies to keep him busy. Leon Rice has also been out on some midweek trips with Cyril at beer and catches have been ok with Pollack, Wrasse, Flounder, Whiting and Mackerel being caught. Should be some Bream soon I reckon :)
The first trip out from Minehead took place yesterday aboard the Mary Ellen with Marcus James at the helm. Conditions were not great but the weather was not as bad as it should have been during the day. Plenty of Doggies were caught along with half a dozen Ray, the best Thornback weighed 10lb (Barry Trevett) and the Blonde Rays that were caught were of similar size. All in all in was a good day as per normal out with Marcus!
Leon Rice has been out on a mid week trip from Beer this week and it was Pollack they were targeting on the day with the party on board. Sounds like it all went to plan as Leon had a good number of fish to 12lb.
It was wind stop play at the weekend with South East winds forecast to 25 mph. It was the first heat of the Lively Lady event on Sunday too, this will now tried to be re-arranged for another date.
Well it all seems to be kicking into gear this week in the boats out from Beer! Leon Rice had his midweek trip out with Cyril Newton on Tuesday and by all accounts it was a great day with plenty being caught. Leon had the best fish of the day which was a cracking Plaice of 4lb 5oz, this was one of two that was caught on the boat. Other fish reported were Whiting to over 3lb and Mackerel to 2lb. A few Smoothounds were also caught to around 7lb, add that to some Herring, it turned out to be a good day afloat!!!
Bill Cassar also had a mid-week trip out with Cyril Newton on Wed and I would guess they ended up somewhere near where Cyril went the day before. Again some nice fish were caught like good Whiting and plenty of Pollack up to 6lb.
News in from Karl Roberts who fished out from Lyme Regis yesterday with Bill Cassar. Tried a number of different tactics with not much luck through the day but then all of a sudden they hit a pack of Smoothounds and by all accounts had a nice little session catching Common and Starry variety.
Yesterday saw the March boat trip from Beer and for a change it was dry, sunny and fairly calm. 11 members took part on the day. In all there were Plaice, Whiting, Pout, Wrasse, Mackerel, Conger, Thornback Ray and Doggies caught during the 8 hour trip. There were two specimen Pout caught during the day, both for Mike Spiller. The best one was 3-4-8 and the other one was 3-0-0. Richard Kemp came mighty close to a specimen with his Pouting weighing 2-15-8. There were also some nice tasty Whiting caught and some of these were close to 3lb!.
The presentation evening went really well up at the Hare and Hounds, we had somewhere in the region of 60 attend on the night and tuck in to their carvery. The club invited two guest this year who were Dave and Marcus James from Minehead. Craig and Dave done us proud on the trophy front and most of the awards were handed out on the night. Anyone who would like to collect their awards who were not there on Friday should contact Dave Baugh to arrange a collection. A big thanks to all at the Hare and Hounds for a great meal and a great night.
A few fish starting to show I here out in Lyme Bay, the water is starting to clear at last with fish beginning to return to all the favorite marks.
Bill Cassar had a trip out with Marcus James at Minehead in the week, the tides were pretty hot on the day I here so fishing time out on the banks were fairy short. A few dogs and some Ray sport with Blondes and Thornies being caught.
The Lively Lady Social night took place at Beer Social Club on Saturday Evening. A good crowd from Honiton SAC went over to compete against members of Beer and District SAA. On the night was Darts, skittles and a pub quiz. Beer won the darts 3 points to 2 and Honiton won the quiz so it was all to play for in the mass skittle match. Who ever won the skittles would be crowned as the Lively Lady winners. It was tight but after three hands of skittles Honiton were crowned the winners as they won by 15 pins.
A big thank you to everyone at Beer for making it a great night and thanks to Kim for the crab sarnies. The chicken curry was nice also.
Managed to get out from Beer yesterday on 'Blue Lady' for the Feb trip and all in all weather wise it was great, fairly calm and bright sunshine all day. The fishing on the other hand was absolute pants. All that was caught all day were a couple of Pouting and a couple of Whiting, a few Doggies and Mike Spiller had a Huss of 5-5-0 and Craig Nation had a Conger of 22lb. Still it was nice to get out.
I don't thinks anyone has ventured out for a while now!
The midweek boys have been out with a break in the weather this week. Part of the day was spent drifting around for the Pollack or Cod but nothing was found I here. The second part of the day was spent getting a few Whiting and doggies, some of the Whiting were up around the 3lb size. It must have been nice just to get out on a flat sea.
Who would have thought after Saturdays weather we would have been out on a boat from Bee todayr, we did and it was a very good day with plenty of fish being caught. Some 8 or 9 species were caught during the day. Best fish was a Cuckoo Wrasse for Bill Cassar of 1-3-12, Bill was on with Kim Aplin on 'Sambi' Best fish on Cyrils Boat 'Blue Lady' was Mike Spiller with a Pout of 2-7-4. The points have not yet been worked out but I would have thought Karl Roberts would be in the lead after the first heat of the Winter series. It was a good day with good company.
Only one trip I am aware of that has been out was the club Xmas Whiting trip at beer last weekend. Three boats were planned to leave Beer Beach and take to the water. A good day was had during the day with Whiting, Doggies, Mackerel and a Red Band Fish for Malc Wheaton!!!
Leon Rice had a trip out from Beer in the week and plenty of good Mackerel and Whiting were caught down to the west of Beer. Other fish caught were Tub Gurnard and I also heard there was a Red Band fish caught for Les Bradbeer of Beer and District.
Bill Cassar and Karl Roberts took time out to go out from Minehead with Dave James in the week. By all accounts it was a bit slow with the odd Conger and Thornback, but the Doggies were certainly starving on the day.
Leon Rice was out with Cyril yesterday and it sounds like they add a very good day up on the Tennants. Fish caught were Bream, Pollack, Cod plus Mackerel and Whiting.
A few Whiting are now starting to show out from Beer I here and a few Mackerel are in the same area, I guess chasing the sprat shoals. Leon Rice had a trip in the week down to the West of Beer and they had Whiting, Mackerel, Gurnards and Doggies.
The Westward Festival took place at the weekend and this year Blackdown were the host. The weather was far from ideal but the event took place with shore zones at Minehead, Bossington and Porlock. The boat had one zone that left Watchet harbour at 07.30. I here the fishing on the day was ok but slow in some zones. Unfortunately we had to fish the event with only 7 anglers as one team member had to stand down the night before with a problem. I here the whole team caught fish in their zones so in all they could not have done much more on the day.
Positions on the day were first Weston Outcast, second place went to Watchet. Third spot was Blackdown. Forth Sidmouth and fifth spot was Honiton. Three clubs did not sent a team to fish. Well done to the Outcasts for winning on the day. The host club for 2014 will be Budleigh SAC.
Leon and Scott managed a few hours out from Beer with Cyril last week. After only two hours they had to return as the wind got up I here. The Bream were still about I here, Scott had the better fish on the day with a nice Cod and also a Pout of 3-7-0.
Another good trip was had out in the boats at Beer Yesterday with well over 100 Bream caught and mostly released. The best of the bunch was a cracker for Leon Rice who had the best of the year so far, it weighed 4-8-0!!! Other fish caught were a nice Red Gurnard for Craig Nation (66) of 1-4-0 and also Vinny Srudwick land a nice Undulate Ray of around 12lb. Again this is proof that the no trawling ban in the Lyme Bay box is a having a huge impact on fish captures with most species now seeing vast improvements. Other species that seem to be on the up are John Dory, Thornback Ray, Bream and Gurnard.
Yesterday also saw the Torbay Shield take place down around marks in the Torbay area. A good day was had by all and the fishing was ok with some good fishing had in some of the zones. Mike Spiller came runner up in boat zone and Micky Kane and Steve Butler (Sidmouth SAC) won the Oddicombe zone jointly. Winners on the day were Teignmouth SAS, well done to them, runners up were the Cormorants SAC. Honiton ended up in 4th spot. Well done to the team of Greg, Stu, Micky, Richard, Ronnie and Mike. Well down to T and B ASA for staging a great day also.
A trip out with Kim Aplin at Beer on the boat 'Sambi saw some nice fish recorded on Sunday. The weather was great with a calm sea for a change. Top rod was Wayne Harwood who recorded a cracking Bream of 4-3-12 and two nice Red Gurnards of 1-4-0 and 1-3-0. Mike Spiller also had around a dozen nice Bream and had a cracking Red Gurnard of 1-7-12. There was also a nice Cuckoo Wrasse weighed and released on the boat for Jan Parker from Plymouth, her fish recorded 1-4-0.
The Wyvern Region small boat Open took place at Salcombe last weekend and three boats from the club took part. The entries were down (approx 60 took part) due to the forecast for the weekend (heavy rain and gales from the east) Fish caught during the weekend were Triggers, Wrasse, Gars, Mackerel, Pollack, Thornback, Mullet, Spotted Ray and Plaice. Best fish caught on the Saturday went to Mike Spiller with a Trigger of 2-8-0 and best fish on Sunday was a Wrasse of 5-0-0 for Justin weeks. Results on the Sunday at 6pm was Justin Weeks in first spot with a Wrasse and Mullet combination (180%) this won him a new £800 Lowrance unit. Mike Spiller held on to second spot with his Trigger and Wrasse combo for 142%, this won him a handheld GPS/radio. Other club members also done well on the weekend, Barry Trevett took 4th spot and Barry also won the Pollack award. James got in on the act winning the best of other species with his Mackerel, both James and Barry also had the runner up award for the pairs. Well done to all who braved the weather last weekend. Another interesting point is tent poles but that's another story for another day!!!
The Sunday trip was as thought cancelled due to the weather and then the weather changed again and everyone seems to be getting out again! Bill Cassar managed a nice Bream of 3-10-0 and Karl Roberts had another Red Gurnard of 1-4-0, both fish from the boats at Beer.
Leon Rice reported that he got out again today from Beer with Cyril on the Blue Lady. A good day again with Bream to 3-6-0. Vinny Strudwick found a Red Gurnard of 1-5-0. Also reported was lots of good Mackerel to 2lb odd!!!
With the weather good members have been fishing hard this week from charter and their own boats. Leon and Scott Rice had plenty of Black Bream out from Beer yesterday up to around the 3lb mark. Leon did get a nice Mackerel of 2lb odd. I also here James 'Iv had a John Dory' Trevett has been doing well also with some congers and Cuckoo Wrasse but he cant seem to find the Bream like Leon and Scott mind. Oh and forgot to say he had a John Dory too!:)) The weather looks bad for Sunday mind and guess what? that's the only day I have a trip planned for!!!
Still plenty of good fish being reported in the boats fishing off beer and Lyme Regis. Leon fished out along with Archie and Carol Pike and had a good day on the Black Bream, Leon had a nice one off 3-7-0. James Trevett has been out with Scott Rice in James small boat and they also found some cracking Bream with some great fish landed again over the 100% rating.
Some nice boat fish now starting to get reported. Leon Rice had another trip our from Beer on the Blue Lady and had some nice Bream (biggest was 3-5-0) and some nice Red Gurnard being caught with the best at 1-6-0.
James and Barry Trevett took their own Alska boat out yesterday in search of the Bream and around 25 were caught and released. James had the best one at 3-10-0, James also managed a nice Red Gurnard. During the day they managed to catch 12 species and also saw a nice Sunfish!
Mike Spiller had a trip out from Minehead on Sunday and a good day was had by all. The weather was kind and the weather was warm for a change up there. It was an 8 hr trip over the low water. A good number of Ray were caught all day (around 25) with mostly smallish Small Eyed and a good number of Blonde Ray up to around 14lb. Other fish caught during the day were Conger, Dogies and a Bass of 6lb for LUCKY John Stanford.
Leon has been out again from Beer with partner, Jane and again some good fish were reported by them both. Around 22 Bream were caught during the trip with the best one for Leon of 3lb 6oz and Jane also had one of 2lb 8oz.
The monthly trip took place out from Beer on Sunday and it turned out to be okay in the end. The weather forecast was not too special leading up to Sunday but in the end it was okay. Fish caught were Doggies, Scad, Pollack, Bream, Wrasse, Bull Huss and a Brill! 'Jammy' John Stanford bagged up on the day with a super Brill of 6-10-0 and a nice Bull Huss of nearly 11lb. The next best fish was a Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-2-0 for Scott Rice.
James Trevett reported he fished with Dave Baugh up at Minehead on Thursday on the Mary Ellen. Best couple of fish of the trip were a Bull Huss of near 10lb and a fair size Blonde Ray for Dave Baugh.
Leon Rice managed to take partner Jane out for the day in the week, no not shopping but a 4 hour trip with Cyril Newton at Beer! Jane had the last laugh by beating Leon in the fishing. Jane managed a hefty Conger and also caught the biggest Bream of the trip at 3-1-0.
Beer Regatta boat comp was fished last Saturday out from Beer. Four boats took part in all each taking out 8 anglers for the day afloat. The fishing was as normal first class all through the day with around 15 species of fish being recorded between the 32 anglers. Best fish of the day was a Red Gurnard of 1-6-0. Winner of the day comp was Terry Hartnell with around 450 points. Runner up to Terry was Jo Westlake with around 430 points. Best skipper/boat of the day went to Kim Aplin on the boat 'Sambi'.
There was a bit on last Sunday but due to the weather it was all knocked on the head with those Southerly gales. The second heat of the Lively Lady Boat comp suffered too and we will try and re-arrange between HSAC and Beer and District.
James and Barry Trevett have been at it again out from Lyme. Monday they had an afternoon afloat and had some good fishing. Red Gurnards and Tub Gurnards were captured, Barry had a Tub Gurnard of 3lb 4oz and also a Conger of 43lb. Sounds like a good day was had in Lyme Bay.
Mike Spiller and James Trevett went out again Friday night, this time it was in James Alaska 500 boat. We fished the Tennants and had some Pollack, Wrasse, Doggies and Pouting. As it got dark we put the hook out and managed 11 conger with the best just over 4olb. All the fish were netted,weighed and returned to fight again next time.
Mike Spiller took his small boat out from Lyme last night in search of a Conger or two. Conditions were good and three fish were caught and released. Mike's best was 32lb and Wayne Harwoods best was 34lb.
Mike Spiller had his monthly trip up with Marcus James at Minehead on the Mary Ellan. Plenty of ray were caught (30 odd) during the trip with mostly Small Eyes caught. The best of the bunch was a fish 11lb 4oz for Wayne Harwood. Another interesting point during the day was that no one kept any fish!
The monthly trip took place out from Beer on Sunday, the sea was flat and fishing was OK. Fish caught included Pout, Doggies, Mackerel, Pollack, Ballans, Cuckoo Wrasse, Smoothounds, Sole and Garfish. Fish of the trip was a cracking garfish of 2-1-0 for Richard Kemp. Another strange capture was a Dover Sole for Mike Spiller, not that big but again not that many seen caught on rod and line.
James has been out again making the most of the fine settled weather during his week off. This time with brother Barry they ventured out onto the inshore wrecks and found some good fishing during the day. A few nice Pollack on the drift and then when anchored up James again found some nice Conger this time he had two fish over the 40lb specimen weight. Best one was 48-8-0 and another off 41-0-0. Interestingly James sent me some pictures of what the Congers were feeding on, RED Band Fish! One eel coughed up six of them!
James Trevett has been out and about again in his own Alaska 500 this time he tried his luck out from Lyme Regis. James and Scott Rice raced around all day looking for fish off Lyme but I here it was fairly slow all day. At the end of the day they tried an inshore wreck mark and it sound like this paid off as they had their first Black Bream of the year to 1lb 8oz and James had a nice tidy Conger of nearly 50lb.
Leon's weekly trip out from Beer at the end of the week was by all accounts fairly poor with not a lot being captured. Apart for a few small Pollack on the drift it was a bit of a disaster.
Two boats went out yesterday from Minehead on what turned out to be a bit damp! However the wind was light and so the sea was flat for a change. Both boats started out on the banks off Minehead, fishing was fairly slow there so both boats moved out on the coral ground about 2 miles out. Straight away the fishing improved with the Smoothounds starting along with a few ray (Blondes, Spotted and Thornies) Other fish caught were small conger a single Cod of around 8lb and a good number of Huss up to around 8lb. The best Smoothound was a fish of 12-2-0 by Alex Parker from Plymouth.
When ashore it seemed like the 'Mary Ellan' done better than the 'Edwin John' on the day. Very strange because both boats were only around 200 yards apart. On the Edwin John was Leons crowd (minus Leon) and Mike Spiller was aboard with Marcus James with a group from the Wyvern Committee.
News just in that Leon went out along with James Trevett in James Alaska 500, they tried their luck down on the Skerries off Dartmouth. Conditions were not great but before the weather got too bad they had a good number of Plaice to 1-12-0.
News just in that James and Barry Trevett took their own boat out from Weymouth on Monday in search of Plaice and Turbot, none of the target fished turned up but they did have a nice day catching some Cod, Pollack, Conger and Herring on the local inshore wreck.
Sounds a good day to me.
Leon had his mid week trip last week and I here the fishing is now improving at last. Fish caught during the day were Bass, Pollack on the drift.
Yesterday saw the two boat Summer Farye out from Minehead, we had both of Dave James boats booked for the trip on what turned out to be a good day for the weather and the fishing. Fish recorded during the 6 hour trips were Conger, Blonde Ray, Thornback Ray, Small Eyed Ray, Starry Smoothounds, Common Smoothounds, Bull Huss and the odd Doggie! Your Billy Roberts done well all day catching a good selection of fish.
Winner of the comp with 280 points was Jim Ogbourne, Runner up went to James Trevett with 240 points and third was Mike Spiller with 230 points. Both boat best specimens fell too Smoothounds of 10lb each.
All in all a great day was had by all, if only Bill could catch some more doggies :0)
Two boats booked my Mike Spiller and Leon Rice left Minehead today on what turned out to be good weather wise and fishing was top notch too. Both Dave and Marcus James found the fish about 3 miles out from port. On Daves boat was Scott, Tom, Bill ,Karl and two guests. Everybody landed some Smoothounds with the best by Scot Rice with a fish just over 11lb. Karl Roberts had the best Bull Huss again with a fish of 11lb. On Marcus boat was Mike Spiller, John Stanford, Barry and James Trevett. This boat did not have such big fish but more than made up with the quantity. Some 15 Bull Huss were caught to 9lb and the Smoothounds kept coming all day with both Common and Starry being caught. Best of the bunch was a nice Common of 10-14-0 for Barry Trevett. Other fish caught during the day were Blonde Ray, Thornbacks and Conger.
Highlight of the day was seeing James make the magic 40 Doggies in one day !!! (he will not own up to it mind)
Leon had his midweek trip on Thursday and the weather was good I here. All the anglers aboard had a day drifting the reefs off Lyme. Top rod on the day was Bill Cassar who had Bass, Cod and Pollock. Bills best Cod was 11lb. I here they had some good Pollock fishing with over 40 landed to around 7lb.
News just in, Stu Withyman has just returned as a guest of flat fish comp out from Exmouth Today. By all accounts he done fairly well catching 2 Plaice, 1 Flounder and a Dab. We will have to wait for the weigh-in tonight to see how our old Sea dog got on in the competition.
A couple of trips have taken place over the last few days, Mike Spiller had another trip out from Minehead with Marcus James on the 'Mary Ellan' fishing was a bit restricted on the 6 hour trip over H/W with a strong and gusty West wind. This meant that we could only just get to the sand banks off Minehead and not the deeper water as planned! Fish caught on the day were Smoothounds, Doggies, Small Eyed Ray and Thornbacks. Best fish of the trip was a Thorny for Wayne (Bert) Harwood of 10-6-0.
The local midweek crew (minus Leon) had a midweek trip with Cyril at Beer and by all accounts it was fairy good with mixed fishing. Best Pollack on the reefs weighed in around the 5lb mark and James (I got a bloody lucky Ling)Trevett had a specimen Cuckoo Wrasse of 1-4-0. There were a few Plaice caught during the day with Dave Baugh finding them to 2-1-0 and Karl Roberts also getting in on the act.
Boat fishing seems to be on the up at last but it's all being a bit slow.
Mike Spiller recently had a trip aboard the Mary Ellen out from Minehead with Marcus James at the rudder. Fish caught included Smoothound, Ray, Ling, Conger and Doggies. One good fish recorded for Barry Trevett was a Starry Smoothound of 13-7-0.
Leon Rice had a midweek trip recently with Cyril on the Blue Lady from Beer. Again I here it was a bit slow but there were some Pollack, Cod caught on the drift. On the same day James Trevett took his own boat out from West Bay along with brother Barry. I here good day was had with Plaice to 2-12-0, Gurnard to 1-12-0 along with a few Dabs, Thornback and Mackerel.