A nice few mackerel now showing along with Mullet showing on the local beaches. Jack Squance junior done really well at the Wyvern Junior comp at Plymouth last week taking 1st place with a nice Mackerel. Archie Hawkins also won the over 12 section with a nice Garfish. Ken Sparkes also had a specimen Mackerel of 1lb 8oz recently and Terry Hartnell had a nice Atlantic Cubb Mackerel at Branscombe last week.
Fishing from the shore is fairly patchy with lots of fish around at times and other times even a bite is a good result. The last Fri comp at Budleigh proved this with only 3 weighing in.
Things at last starting to pick up a little with a few flatties and Mackerel being caught at last. Club comps are going well with an attendance of between 20 and 25 at each comp.
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Still all a bit slow at the moment, a few flats and the odd Mackerel on the Chesil. The last shore event was at Branscombe and it was a little slow. 26 members fished and the best fish was a Pout of 2lb 1oz for Trevor Churchill.
Apart from a few dogs around on the local beaches it is all a bit slow at the moment. Another few weeks should see the start of the first Mackerel and the Plaice should start to put in an appearance. A good bet for these would be Chesil and don't forget to try Seaton.
The second shore comp has taken place and was a any area rover. 22 members fished all around the coast. Most anglers did record some dogggies, pout and Whiting. Top rod on the day and winning the pool was Luke Bartlett who had two cracking congers of 22lb odd. The fun fish on the day was a Whiting and this was won by Richard Kemp who had one of a lb of Seaton Beach.
Some of our juniors have been out and about on the local beaches of Branscombe, Seaton and Budleigh. Both Archie Sweatland and Archie Hawkins have recorded a few doggies up to around 1lb 14oz. Big well done to them.
The first shore comp of the year has just taken place with 22 taking part. It was fished between West Bay and Abbotts from Noon till 11pm. Best specimen of the night went to Karl Allen with a huge pout of 2lb, secound was Luke Bartlett with another Pout of 1lb 14oz. Filling third was Mike Spiller with a pout of 1lb 13oz. Well done to all that fished it with Bass, Huss, Doggies, Pout and Whiting being caught.
Last shore event took place at Seaton on Saturday. The rain was not nice but the fishing was steady for most. Winning the hamper was Conrad with his two Doggies of around 2lb each. In all there were 7 hampers there to be won on the night. Fish caught were Dogs, Pout, Whiting and Wrasse.
The Dennis Retter memorial event took place at Bexy last weekend and a good crowd fished it. Not too much caught on the day but a few Gar, Mackerel and Plaice came to the scales. Top Rod on the day was Lee Fearnly with a Plaice, Runner up was Ben Bradstock with a Garfish. Around £300 was raised for Dens charity. A big thank you to Chris at Seaton Tackle Shop and Tracey at West Bay Water Sports for their kind donations for prizes.
Blown right out this weekend with rain and strong winds. Last weekend was the Torbay Shield inter-club comp at Brixham. Weatherwise it was nice but the fishing was poor with lots of small undersize fish on the marks. Fish caught were Wrasse, Huss, Doggies, Gars, Mackerel etc. Top club of the weekend was Brixham SAC on 40 pts. Runner up was Paignton SAA. We held up the rear in 8th spot.
Last Sat night saw the Bexington shore comp for October. Well all along chesil was packed with anglers but we all fished at Bexy right hand side. Fishing was hit and miss for most. Top rod on the night was Barry Codling with Colin Berry coming second. Best specimen went to Wayne Broom who had a Small Eyed Ray. Fish caught on night were Ray, Whiting, Plaice, Pout, Doggies, Gars, Scad and Mackerel.
A few nice fish for members at the weekend. Colin Berry had a nice 10lb huss locally on Saturday evening. Terry Harntell done really well winning the Samulite match on Saturday evening with a specimen sole of 2lb plus a 12lb 15oz Undulate Ray. Nice one Terry.
The last evening comp took place on Fri evening and was a bit of a struggle. Best Fish was Mike Spills with a Doggie of 1lb 12oz. Colin was crowned king of the Friday comps on Friday so well done Colin.
The boys have just returned from Ireland with Terry, John, Ben and Chris going this year. A windy week over their but the fish were nibbling all week with some great catches. In all 40 specimen fish registered with pollack and Ling. Ben had a near 7lb Ling and Terry broke the record 2 times with pollack over 10lb!.
The ferry bridge come was last weekend and the weather was not too bad to fish. Conditions were fairly hard but some fish came out with lots of different species recorded. Best Specimen went to Mike Spiller with a early Whiting of 1lb 3oz.
The shore is now hotting up with plenty being reported. Terry Hartnell recently won the Seaton Carnival open at Seaton. He had a nice Mullet of 4lb 11oz and a nice Gar to take first place in the event. Condition were good but fishing was a little patchy at times. Scott Rice and Leon had some nice Bream from the shore also recently. Targeting them in the early mornings. Leon had them to 2lb 11oz but Scott found them to nearly 3lb 8oz!. Garfish and Mullet are now showing at Seaton, Leons best mullet is just over 5lb down at Seaton along with a Bass of bang on 8lb.
Only this week Luke Bartlett has been on the beaches and had some nice catches. The best bass was 9lb 4oz and Luke also had Huss to nearly 9lb.
At last there is a bit of fish coming in locally plus also chesil is fishing well if you hit it correct. A few nice bream coming from the eastern end, Colin Berry had one of 2lb 8oz in the July All nighter. Mackerel seem to be caught on the local beaches but yet no Gars, which is very strange! Leon Rice has had a few Mullet and Goldens from Seaton but none of any huge size.
A good number of members fished the Aug all nighter and some good fish were recorded at the weigh in this morning. Barry Hawkins had the best specimen with a Scad of 1lb 3oz, runner up was Barry Codling with another scad of 1lb 2oz.
Dens funeral has taken place at Offwell with around 150 attending to pay their respects. RIP Dennis and thanks for all you have done for HSAC.
Fishing has improved on the beaches with paul Munday landing some nice Small Eyes to over 10lb at Seaton. The boys also fished Chesil and had some nice catches, best fish was a Red Gurnard of 1lb 1oz for Martin.
Last weekend was the Branscombe shore comp, it was also the inter-club against Beer and District. A good entry turned to fish but the fishing was poor on the night. Best two fish were Tom Travers who had a nice Undulate of 9lb and Trevor Churchill had a Doggie of 1lb 14oz . We manged to beat Beer in the inter-club by 350% to 86%.
A very sad post to put up on here. Last Friday at 11pm our Chairman Dennis Retter sadly passed away after suffering a short illness. At this sad time we are thinking about Dennis's family.
A nice Ray for Adam in the May shore comp at Seaton, he had a nice Small Eyed of 8lb 3oz . Other fish caught in the comp was Dogs, Plaice, Pout, Mackerel etc. The weather was nor too kind so it was decided to make it into a rover.
The boys have been out up the Channel at the weekend and by all accounts a few specimem Small Eyes were landed. Taff had one of which weighed 9lb 8oz . At last things are moving inshore.
Well the fishing has started to pick up at last with mullet now in all the local rivers. The beaches have been throwing up some nice Rays from time to time with Adam Squance and Wayne Hand finding some nice small eyes recently, both fish being around the 10lb mark. Chesil seems slow at the moment but again the local beaches at Seaton, Brandcombe and Budleigh have been showing some nice Plaice, not huge but all the same sort of size to around 1lb 8oz.
The last shore comp was at Seatown and Charmouth and a great entry of 22 fished it with most going to Seatown. Fishing was a little slow at Seatown by all accounts but there were some nice Wrasse, Dogs and flats caught. A few fished Charmouth and they found some Pout and Dogs.
A few Flats now being caught at all the usual local beaches. Wayne and Finley Hand have been out and about catching some red spots, with a good session today catching around 18 smallish flatties. Well Done Finley.
Reports also of Mackerel and Herring falling to small feathers at beaches like Seaton and Budleigh.
A few ray around now being caught on the local beaches, these include Small Eyed and Undulate types. First reports also of Mackerel and Herring being caught. Neil Pope fished at Budleigh and had a good fill of doggies by all accounts. Wayne Hand fished up around Brean and had a tasty Codling last week.
The March Comp took place at Branscombe last week and again we had a great turn out from members. Fish caught were Huss, Doggies and Rockling. The conditions were not perfect but some nice fish were caught. Best specimen went to Adam Squance with a nice Bull Huss of over 7lb. Runner up was bothe Mike Spiller and Barry Hawkins with a Doggies of 1-12-0.
A nice Whiting was caught last night from Seatown by James Trevett. A few of the lads went there in search of an early Ray. Plenty of doggies plus a nice Whiting of 1-13-0 for James.
The Feb rover has taken place and again a really good entry fishing it. Members fished all around the area from Slapton to Chesil and even up at Porlock. Fish caught were pout, Pollack, Dogs, Whiting etc etc. Top rod on the day was Colin Berry. The best specimen went to Ken with a doggie from Porlock of 2-5-0.
Wayne Hand and son, Finley fished way up to the east last week and had a really good days fishing. Fish landed were Plaice and Flounders.
Apart from a few more Flounder coming out from the Eastwen end, its all been a bit slow. James Trevett did manage another Flounder over 2lb 8oz.
A few nice Flounders have been recorded this week from the east of the region. James Trevett, Wayne Hand and Adam Squance had some beauties between them with the best for Adam at 3lb. Wayne also had two over 2lb 8oz and James had one bang on 2lb 8oz. Nice fishing there chaps.
Tom Travers has had a cracking pollack at the weekend from a local mark in the east of the region. Toms fish weighed 9lb 14oz and breaks the current record of 9lb 6oz set in Ireland a number of years ago. Tom said it came on a pulley rig with sandeel and squid for bait. Nice fish Tom.
James Trevett and brother Barry fished a local beach last week and had a little bit of action. On the second cast James hooked into a nice Small Eyed of 7lb 10oz. During the rest of the night there were a few doggies and small Whiting caught. Apparently Barry did not do as well as James!
First shore event took place last weekend with 16 members fishing between west Bay and Abbottsbury. Fish caught were pout, whiting and doggies. Best specimen went to Martin Christopher with a Whiting of 1lb 6oz, 2nd spot went to Adam Squance with another whiting of 1lb 5oz. A great turn out guys for the first comp of the year.
Well there have been some great fish caught over the xmas break. A lot of rays coming from the Bristol Channel. Darren Bell has had the best with a huge Blonde of 21lb 10oz. Darren also had another 3 or 4 fish over the 13lb specimen rate and also a nice Small Eyed of over 11lb. Stefan Herbert has also had them to mid 13lb odd along with a nice Minehead Whiting of 1lb 9.5 oz, again a cracking fish.
A few lads have also been Wrassing locally also with some great sucsess. Scott Rice had a real beuty of well over 5lb from the East of the region, he also had another of nearly 5lb. Adam Squance and James Trevett also hooked into fish that nearly made the 4lb specimen rating. All the fish came on big hard back baits nailed to the floor.
Local beaches are still fishing well with Seaton and Branscombe good for Doggies and Whiting in the evenings.
A few nice pout have been caught recently with both Barry Codling and Adam Squance found them to well over 1lb 8oz up on the Chesil. The December shore event was fished at Seaton at the weekend and it was a good turn out for the last comp of the year. Dogs, Whiting, Pout, Rockling and Conger were caught. Best specimen was Lee Fearnly with his Doggie of 2-8-8, this fish helped Lee win the main Beef dinner that was on offer.
The last shore comp was held last weekend and the weather was foul for the 10 anglers taking part. Some good fish were caught during the event with Huss, doggies, Whiting, Cod and Pout being caught. Top rod on the night was Adam Squance, Adam had a specimen Pout of 1-9-8 also.
Still a few nice bits around on the beaches. Chesil seems to be good on and off, both Barry Codling and Dennis Retter have had some nice Plaice and Sole up their. Barrys best sole recently weighed 2-2-0.
Local beaches were still fishing well for Mackerel and Gars and the odd Mullet and Bass
A fair bit been happening recently. Taff Pearce has had two nice tope from the shore a 30lb er and also a cracker at 42lb 8oz. Taff was over the moon with them. Taff said a big thank you to Darren Bell for help in landing them.
Ken had a nice trip to a local beach last Friday with 10 species being caught during the evening. Best fish was a nice Cod of 10lb plus.
Leon fished at Seaton the other morning and had a great little session I hear. A good selection was caught like Mackerel, Gar, Mullet and flounder.
Well what a day we had yesterday in the Westward Festival of which we were hosting at Seaton and Beer. The whole team fished really well and came out winning it. Well done to Ken, Richard, Greg, Kim, Micky, James and Colin. It was a great day with lots caught from all the zones.
Greg had a nice 8lb cod in the last shore event at Bexy. I dont think all in all there was much caught really.
Chesil beach still showing some great catches with Plaice and Sole and a few Cod are now showing also. A nice Blonde ray of 17lb 8oz for Adam Squance, which is a cracking fish from their. The local beaches now fish really well with Scad, Gars, Mullet, Mackerel etc. Scott Rice partner Shannon had a nice Golden Grey recently of nearly 2lb at Seaton.
29-8-16. Looking good for the carnival comp this Friday at Seaton. Mullet, Scad, Macky and gars all showing well.
Lots being caught all around the local beaches now with Mackerel, Mullet and the odd Garfish. Chesil does seem to fish well when the weather is kind with lots of different species being recorded.
The last all nighter is August saw scores reaching over 700% with Dogs, Mackerel, Scad, Gurnard, Smoothounds etc etc.
Last Fri comp at Seaton was a bit slow but some fish were caught. Terry Hartnell topped the points weighing in Dogs, Smoothound, Plaice. Terry also had a small Turbot. Best specimen on the night was Trevor Churchill with a specimen Small Eyed.
Still a few smoothounds around locally, Taff recorded one from the Channel of nearly 11lb. Darren Bell did just hang in there with a Doggie and a Bass.
A few fish came in on the first Fri eve comp at Budleigh recently with Mackerel, Doggies, Pout and Gar being caught. Top rod on the night was Colin Berry with Mike Spiller just behind on the night.
A good number of members fished the Chesil Champs at the weekend. Fishing was a bit slow I have been told. Ben Bradstock managed 4th spot with some Doggies which was good. Both Terry Hartnell and Mick Kane also had doggies for the weigh in. A big well done to West Bay SAC for hosting the event.
A nice few Mullet now about in the local rivers. Reports of a few Gar being caught locally also today. Barry Codling and Martin Christopher fished the Chesil today and had a few nice Plaice.
Si Boeree also had a cracking Undulate Ray on Friday whilst on holiday in the Isle of Wight. he broke his own record again with a real beauty of 15lb 3oz. Nice one Si.
Still a few Plaice being caught locally which is nice to see. The odd small ray from Seaton and Jacobs Ladder. The last shore comp was at Bexy and it did not fish that well really. A good turn out fishing but the fish did not. Best fish was Rich Kemp with a Doggie of nearly 2lb!
A few ray now starting to show up on the local beaches. Plaice catches increase with lots being reported now. Terry Hartnell had a cracker on Sat night up around Portsmouth in a Open event, it weighed 4-10-8!!! Si Boeree also had a nice looking Plaice with his going 2-6-0.
A few Mackerel showing now on the Chesil along with Herring. Plaice are in as-well at Seaton with some good ones at Chesil. Alan Walton also had a nice Grey Gurnard on the Chesil of 10.5oz which is a NCR.
Colin Berry had a nice Rockling recently of 1-8-8 on a local beach. A few Plaice now showing from Chesil and the local beaches, No big ones as yet but nice to see them all the same.
12 members fished the Seatown comp at the weekend and the weather was good but the fishing was a little slow. Fish caught were Plaice, Small Eyes, Doggies, Huss, Pout and Rockiling. Best fish was a Small Eyed of around 7lb for Trevor Churchill. Second place was Terry Hartnell with a Doggie.
Still not much happening. One outstanding fish was a cracking Cod for James Trevett up in the Channel. Just the one bite during the day but that was from a huge Cod of 21lb 13oz. Nice fish there James. Apart from that Darren Bell has been out and seen a few Ling and Thornbacks, again from the Channel.
Yesterday saw the Feb rover take place in horrible conditions, rain for 12 hrs solid and 60mph winds all day. No surprisingly only 6 anglers signed in but there were some fish caught during the match with Dogs, Whiting and Rockling being recorded.
A few fish coming from the local beaches with some big Bass being landed. The first comp of the year took place at Slapton and there were plenty of fish for everyone. Doggies, Pout and Whiting made up the catches for everyone. Adam Squance came out on top on his first ever club comp, Well down Adam.
Last weekend saw the Wyvern Open again at Slapton and it had a huge entry of 163. Terry Hartnell done really well with a second spot. Stu Withyman came away with third. Other members done well also with Ben Bradstock and Paul (Rollo) in the top 12. Well down everyone.
Taff and Darren have also been out and about with Taff land a few congers up the channel, by all accounts he lost a huge Conger after landing it!!!
Well there has been a few bits caught and also some record breaking fish also. The boys on the Chesil have been doing well with the Cod. Best one now is nearly 10lb for Dennis. Darren Bell has been knocking out some good fish also with a huge Conger from the Channel of 42lb (over 200%) VERY WELL DONE DARREN BEEP BEEP. A few Flounders have also been caught but nothing to big yet.
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.
In between the weather last week Greg Jackson found a couple of nice Bass on one of the local beaches. Fishing Black Lug he had two cracking Bass with the best just short of 9lb. Nice one Greg. A few members have also had a few nice Cod up on the Chesil also at the weekend. Martin Christopher found the best at nearly 8lb.
Not much happening at the moment apart from a few Flounders in the rivers etc. The local beaches are throwing up a few Whiting, Pout and Doggies when conditions allow. The North Devon brigade had a few congers on the last trip and Taff did manage a nice Pollack of over 5lb.
Not sure what was caught Saturday night at Bexy in the club comp, when I here I will put the results up. Stefan Herbert has had a couple of nice Huss up on the North Coast at the weekend, he found two with the best at 12-12-0 (NCR) and had another of 11-4-0. Still a few bits and pieces coming from Seaton when the sea is calm, Mackerel, Gars and Mullet mainly along with a few Plaice and Whiting. Greg Jackson also had a nice Tub Gurnard up on the Chesil which weighed in at 2-14-0.
Last weekend saw the Torbay Shield take place at Dartmouth, was a good day with a bit of fish being caught. The points system on the day was pants mind with all fish worth just one point!. All our team managed to catch in the zone, fish mainly caught were Doggies, Mackerel and Gar. Mike fished the boat section and managed to find a few Spurdogs along with a nice Ling. A big well done to all the team who were Stu Withyman, Rich Kemp, Callum Hardwich, Dr Kim, Trevor Churchill and Mike Spiller. When the point were out we came somewhere in the middle. Well done to Teignmouth SAS again for winning three years on the trot.
A few fish about at the weekend. The local rivers have started to show some nice Flounders. In the recent junior comp (with no juniors turning up!) three seniors fished and landed some nice Flounders to 2-4-0 size. All the fishing being caught on peeler crab.
The boys have been out for a Tope at the weekend. Just one bite and one run on the Tope which gave Darren Bell his first Tope. Not a huge fish around the 20lb mark but Darren was buzzing all weekend. Chesil has been doing well again at the weekend with lots of members having a go for the Cod and flats up there. Both Dennis and Barry have been lucky up there both coming away with both Plaice and Cod for tea.
Last weekend saw the club all-nighter with many members choosing to fish up on the Chesil. By all accounts there were a good selection of species caught during the 22 hour competition. Best specimen was a cracking Golden Grey Mullet for Stu Withyman of 2-11-8.
Other fish reported over the last week have been a few Mullet, Scad, Mackerel etc from Seton with both Scott and Leon Rice having some good fishing locally.
Last weekend saw the Lyme Bay Shore inter-club take place at Cogden with 5 local clubs taking part. These were Seaton, Beer, West Bay, Honiton and Lyme. A good turn out from the clubs on the night to fish in perfect but busy conditions. Fish caught during the 5 hour match were Sole, Plaice, Doggies, Pout, Whiting and Cod. The winning club would be the one with the highest points from the best 8 bags per club. West Bay came out on top with Lyme close behind. It then went Beer, Honiton and then Seaton.
The Kerry commandos have arrived on the ring of Kerry in Southern Ireland and it sounds like the fishing is very good but the weather is foul (wind,rain and swells). Day 1 saw some cracking fish landed with Pollack to 8lb being reported for Terry Hartnell. However the best fish that was caught on day one from the shore was a cracking Ling of 19-1-0 for Ben Bradstock (nearly 400%) The specimen fish tally after day one was 15 I think they said.
Watch this space!!! Plenty more nice sized Pollack were caught during week, Ken Sparks had one of 8-8-0 and Terry Hartnell had his best at 8-6-0. Other fish caught was a specimen Scad for Ben Bradstock.
Seaton Carnival Open Shore went well with nearly 50 anglers fishing this year. Lots of fish caught during the match with Doggies, Huss, Mullet, Mackerel and Bass being caught. Winner on the night was Simon Skinner with a nice Huss and Doggie combination. Second was Steve Fowles with a Bass and Doggie and Third spot went to Scott Rice with a nice Mullet and a Golden Grey.
Plenty of Mackerel around now at Last on the local beaches with the odd Gar being caught along with some nice Mullet of the thick lip and also some Golden Greys.
Just had a report of a nice Bass from the shore for Jim 'Jimbo' Ogbourn. Fishing on a local beach he had a real cracker of 8lb 4oz on a plug. I here on the side that a trip was needed to hospital after as well, to get the plug out his thumb!
Mixed catches coming through at the moment. A few Mackeral starting to show around the local beaches at last along with a few Mullet. Leon Rice had a nice Mullet of 4-6-0 recently in the local river.
Some nice smoothounds again have been caught up on the North Coast with Darren Bell being in the thick of it again. Darren's latest have been another 8 fish over 100% with the best which was a Common Smoothound of 15-2-8.
The Ferry Bridge monthly comp took place last week up on the Eastern end of Chesil. When I catch up with Ken at the monthly meeting on Thursday I will put up the results and fish caught.
The all nighter took place a couple of weekends ago, not 100% sure of the results but I here there were lots of different species caught in the match with members fishing from Slapton through to Portland by all accounts. A nice Black Bream took the honors with some Red Gurnards not far behind in the pool money.
Well there really is a few nice hounds coming out now in the channel with Stu Withyman, Darren Bell and Taffy getting some cracking fish. Reports are still a bit sketchy but the best recorded to date is one of Stu Withymans fish with a Starry of over 17lb! More reports to follow when I catch up with them.
The boys have now started to look for some nice Smoothounds up in the channel. Both Stefan Herbert and Darren Bell tried their luck up there last week. Darrens best two were well over the 10lb mark with both Starry and Commons being caught.
A few nice fish being reported again on the local beaches. A few nice Plaice for Stu Withyman and also Micky Kane recently. Some coming from Seaton are well into the 2lb/3lb size.
Last weekend Darren Bell and Stefan Herbert fished up in the channel and Darren had a nice Bass of 8-12-0. Stef also took his Blonde Ray PB up a few notches with a fish of around 10lb. Stef the week before having a couple of nice Small Eyes to neary 9lb. I here there was plenty of dugs and mini micro pout around on that day also!!!
I am sure that some nice Mullet will be showing in the local rivers around now also.
Still some nice fish coming from the local beaches. Callum Hardwick had a good day at Seaton recently catch some nice Plaice and a few Mackerel also.
Stefan and Darren have been out up the channel again last weekend and again they had some nice fish. Darren had a nice Small Eyed this time of of 9-0-8 plus a nice Bass of around 5lb.
8-6-15. The results of the inter-club have been announced from Saturday evening at Branscombe. Beer just done enough to win the Lively Lady award by around 17%. So a big well done to them. Some good fish were caught during the comp with good size Bull Huss and Hounds and a very nice Rockling for Darren Herbert of 1-12-0 approx.
By all accounts Seaton Beach is now fishing well for small Smoothounds along with Mackerel, Plaice, Scad and Dogfish. Seaton is an easy place to fish with free parking after 6pm all along the seafront.
3-6-15. This Saturday evening will see the next club shore event at Branscombe from 6pm - Midnight. It will also be the inter-club against Beer and District for the Lively Lady Shore. A good turn out would be good.
Some good fish have been coming in again from the Channel with Darren Bell, Stefan Herbert, Taffy and Si all getting in on the action with the Rays. Mainly Small Eyed Rays with weights ranging from 8lb to 10lb.
On the first of the Friday evening competition at Budleigh recently a good night was had by the dozen or so that were fishing the 7pm - Midnight comp. Fish caught were Doggies, Mackerel, Pout, Wrasse and Ray.
Well it looks like it is all starting to get better at last with a few Mackerel and Herring showing up at Seaton. A few small ray along with some Smoothounds also for the one that have some crab to try.
Well the shore Blonde Ray record has been taken up in weight again. It now stands at 14-12-7 caught by no other than Darren Bell up in the Channel. Caught on a big Sand eel bait Darren said the fish took off like a train. Nice fish, well done Darren.
Some good news from Darren Bell and Stefan Herbert, they have been chasing the Small Eyes on the North Coast. Using Sandeel for bait on all their sessions up there they have had three nice fish. The best has been 10-6-0 for Darren, he has also had another of 10lb dead. Stews best to date is 9-4-0. Some pictures will be up on our club Face Book page soon.
At last the weather is looking slightly better. There have been reports of a few Mackerel now from the local beaches. Just have to wait a bit longer for the warmer weather now!
The April shore comp took place on Saturday afternoon/evening and the normal 14 or so took part. A bit of drizzle and chop made the day a bit difficult but there was some fish caught during the match. Plaice, Flounder, Bass and dogs making up the catches. The roll over Plaice fun fish pool was won by Lee Fearnly and I believe Lee won most of the other pool money on the night with a Doggie.
A big well done to Terry Hartnell for winning the Chesil Champs on Sunday. Terry fished at Bexington for 4 Plaice with a total weight of 3lb 8 oz approx. This was enough to give him the £250 first prize along with the pool. 113 anglers took part and from what I am told it was hard going on the day. WELL DOWN TERRY.
A few nice flatties being reported from the local beaches with a nice few Plaice being caught locally. Anytime now should see the first lot of Mackerel and Herring being caught from the shore.
All a bit slow still at the moment from the beaches. A few Mackerel have been reported to have been caught off the Chesil. Seaton to Budleigh beaches reporting the odd Thornback Ray along with a few Doggies etc.
The March shore comp took place at Seatown on Saturday evening, conditions not perfect on the night but some fish were caught through the match. Fish caught included Whiting, Pout, Doggies and Rockling. Best specimen on the night was Barry Codling with a Doggie of 2-2-0. The fun pool for the best flatfish will roll over to the April comp at Burton Bradstock. The sea bed must have changed at Seatown as everybody was saying how much tackle was lost on the night, hearing individual stories of up to 8 sets of gear!!!
All a bit slow at the moment by all accounts. A few small Whiting and the odd Doggie being reported at Seaton and Branscombe. Roll on the Spring and Summer.
Waiting on the results of the club Feb rover that was held recently. I think there was around 15 members fishing the event with many of them trying their luck on the Chesil. I think the best fish on the day was a nice Plaice for Trevor Churchill of nearly 3lbs. Jammy old Bill Cassar won the fun fish again with a Pout of nearly 1lb from Portland. First place on the night with a mixed bag of fish was Trevor Churchill.
The local beaches like Seaton and Budleigh still seem to be fishing fairly well at times. Whiting and Doggies still seem to be showing and the odd ray also at Seaton.
A big well done to Terry Hartnell, Terry won the Blackdown SAC Open around Blue Anchor and Minehead yesterday. 59 anglers fished the Open. Terry weighed in 6.5 kilo (6 Cod and some Pout) He smashed it.
Yesterday also saw the Torbay Shield take place with Budleigh hosting the event. A good day was had by everyone with fish being caught in the boat and the shore zones at Budleigh. Teinmouth SAS came out on top with 28 pts. Sidmouth SAC wee 2nd with 19 pts and Honiton were 3rd with 18 pts. A big well done to Budleigh for putting on the event.
The first comp of the year has taken place on a rather windy Saturday afternoon. Eleven anglers made the trip to Slapton Sands in the South Hams to try their luck, the Wyvern comp the week before saw some good catches and it was hoped that it would repeat itself again for the members on the day. Plenty of small Whiting were present all the time along with Doggies and Pouting. Bill Cassar won the triple roll over for the best Pout I here and Colin Berry had the best specimen of the night with a LSD of 2-2-0. It will be interesting to here how the new waterproof match/min size cards worked out on the night? Waterproof paper is a bit expensive to buy but it might help keep the score cards readable! The first batch of waterproof paper was sponsored by Stefan Herbert and Mike Spiller. (thanks guys)
A fair bit of angling has taken place over the xmas break with lots of activity up on the North Coast. A few nice Thornbacks have been recorded by Stefan Herbert and Darren Bell, the best one has been recorded by Darren with a fish of 13-9-8, he has also had another of 11-8-0. Stef has also had a few Thornies with them up to nearly 10lb. A few members have also been fishing up on the Chesil and also at Slapton and Beesands with small Cod and Whiting being caught.
The Wyvern Open took place yesterday at Slapton with an entry of 120 anglers. The winner was Nick Green from Plymouth who caught a Mackerel of 1-11-0 and a Doggie of 2lb.
A new club record has been set from the shore with a Flounder of 3-8-0 for Stefan Herbert. Stef had the cracking fish in the Teign on Sunday during the T and B ASA xmas Flounder comp. WELL DONE :0) Karl Roberts tried his luck up on Portland at the weekend and had a decent Wrasse of 4-2-0, ragworm and hermit was the killer bait I here.
Looking through the Samulite facebook page it looks like Terry Hartnell has done well again during the year up on the Chesil. Terry again came in the top ten, this getting into 5th spot. Not bad when you look at some of the anglers that fish in this league! WELL DONE TERRANCE :0)
Some good fish being caught again recently. Barry Codling had a cracking Sole up on the Chesil of 2-12-0 last weekend. The same day, Greg Jackson fished on the North Coast and had a nice Cod of just over 10lb.
Fishing at Seaton also seems to be good still with plenty of Whiting, Terry Hartnell reported one of 1-8-0, there are loads there around the lb mark I here. There are also a few small Codling being taken too.
A few out and about fishing at the weekend. Saturday saw the last club comp of the year at Abbotsbury with Whiting and Dogs being caught by most fishing the event. Best Whiting was a fish of 2-2-0 for Trevor Churchill.
Terry Hartnell was also fishing his last Samulite comp of the year at the Ferry Bridge end. Again he reported that the fishing was ok with Gurnards, Gars, Dogs and Whiting etc etc. Terry came away with the heaviest Cod of nearly 4lb's. Terry reports that he hopes to get again in the top Ten for the Samulite league for 2014.
A few Flounder were also reported at the weekend from the Exe. Stefan Herbert and Darren Bell found a few feeding on Saturday to crab baits, the best one for Darren of 2-7-8.
A few nice Flounders showing up around the River Exe lately. Stefan and Darren have been on the attact recently with a nice few being caught to crab bait. The best one reported was nudging the 2-8-0 size.
Dennis Retter, Barry Codling and Stefan Herbert have also been targeting the fish up on the Chesil, it was reported that there was still some tasty Cod around to be caught but nothing of any size mind. Scott Holbrook has been out with Ken Sparks and Colin Berry last week. A few Whiting were around I here, Scott had the best at 1-9-0. (well done Scott)
It seems to be Cod Cod Cod for everybody going to Chesil lately. Lots of Whiting and Doggies also coming off Seaton, Sidmouth and Budleigh just lately. There has also been a good number of small Ray being caught at Seaton, that must be good news for the coming years.
The Westward Festival took place a couple of weeks ago with Budleigh club being the host. Venues fished were from Sidmouth to Budleigh, Budleigh had the better fishing judging by what was reported being caught. 8 clubs fished on the day with Weston Outcast winning on the day. We slipped just one off the bottom spot to 7th place.
Terry Hartnell has been out and about over the weekend, he managed to weedle out a nice Pout of 2lb dead from Bexy over the last few days. He also had about 10 Cod to 3lb and hundreds of Doggies by all accounts. Chris Sweetland witnessed it all, I think Chris also got in on the action too (he took all the photos!)
Cod Cod everywhere it seems at the moment. Good fishing all along the Chesil and even reports of a few along the local beaches.
The last shore comp most headed for Chesil it seemed, 14 fished the comp in fairly good conditions. Fish caught were Triggers, Bream, Doggies, Pout, Mullet to name just a few. Best fish was Skipp Kane with a nice Pouting. Barry Codling was next with a nice Mullet taken on worm and Mackerel!!!
Before the winds came at the weekend there was some good fishing on the local beaches. Mackerel and Gar in the plenty, just right for the winter bait for the freezer. Reports also of a nice few Cod from both the Chesil and also the North Coast being taken.
Cod at Seaton Beach I am told and on feathers, what is going to happen next I wonder! Still some Gar and Mackerel being caught. Stefan Herbert and Darren Bell have been doing well up on the North Coast with more Small Eyes being recored, the best last week was a fish of 9-3-0 for Stefan.
Chesil seems to be also fishing well. Terry Hartnell fished up there last week and had some 12 different species of fish in a short five hour session.
A few bits and pieces being caught on the local beaches, a few Gar seem to be appearing at Seaton along with Mackerel and the the odd Mullet.
Loads of fish were caught in the last comp at Ferry Bridge. Conditions were also good for the 12 hour match. There were Bream,Scad,Mackerel, dogs etc caught. Top rod was Micky Kane with 700 odd points. Ken Sparkes was close behind Micky on the points.
Mackerel being caught everywhere at present from the shore, get yourself down and get your bait sorted for the winter.
The all-nighter took place last weekend and by the sounds of it it was a great comp with loads being caught. Most anglers chose to fish all along the Chesil with fish being caught like Gurnards, Bream, Mackerel and Doggies etc etc. Top man on the day I here was Ken Sparks who had in his combined score card a good specimen Red Gurnard and Also a cracking LSD. Another good fish recorded was Darren Morgan with a good size Undulate Ray (11lb odd) The full results were Ken Sparks had 700 odd points and second place went to Stu Withyman with 500 odd points.
The last of the Friday evening comps took place at Seaton, the fishing was not to bad with a few Mackerel, Scad, Smoothound and Sole being caught. Best specimen on the night was Stu Withyman with his Sole of 1-4-0. Winner overall on the night was Mike Spiller who recorded Mackerel, Scad and Smoothound. This means Mike gains another 5 Penn Club man points for this event.
Have all the Mackerel all been caught or are they hiding?
The inter-club event against Beer and District took place recently at Budleigh and there was bits and pieces caught on the night. Doggies, Wrasse and Mackerel made up most of the catches. A full report to still get up on the site but I here we just managed to pip Beer on the Lively Lady event by about 50%.
The second Friday evening comp took place on the 13th at Branscombe and the weather was cracking, fishing was ok too for the 5 hour match. Fish caught were Huss, Doggies, Mackerel, Plaice and Bass. Best single fish was a Doggie of 1-14-0 for Colin Berry. Winner on the night for most points was Colin Berry who recorded Doggies, Mackerel and a Bass.
The 2nd evening comp takes place tonight at Branscombe from 7pm - midnight, come on down as it should be a cracking night! Don't forget to use your club pass to get cheaper parking (£2) There will also be some Penn Club man points on offer for the top 5 anglers tonight too.
The first of the Friday evening comps took place last Friday at Budleigh, the fishing was from 7pm - Midnight. This was also our second heat in the new Penn Sea League that we have joined up with this year. Fish caught during the comp were Doggies, Mackerel, Gars, Pout and Wrasse.
Winner on the night was Stu Withyman with 227%. 2/ Mike Spiller 222%. 3/ Dr Kim 199%. 4? Ken Sparkes 198%. 5/ Colin Berry 197%.
A few Smoothounds now starting to be reported along with a few tasty Mackerel from all the local beaches, time to dust off them rods and reels and get out there.
The May competition took place at the weekend at Cogden and around 14 took part on the day. I have not got a full report yet but there were Plaice, Doggies, Mackerel and Smoothound caught and released. I did here on the grapevine Micky Kane done well with a good Plaice and a couple of good dogs. Results on the night plus positions for the new Penn Sea League positions are :- 1/ Micky Kane 292%. 2/ Darren Morgan 247%. 3/ Trevor Churchill 239%. 4/ Stu Withyman 227%. 5/ Barry Codling 212%.
The Wyvern Open was fished at Slapton on Sunday with only 72 anglers taking part (very disappointing entry) Fish caught during the match were Plaice, Mackerel and Gars. Top man on the day was Rob Marshall from Taunton, Rob weighed in a Mackerel and Gar combination. Runner-up was Dave Lane from Weymouth again with a Mackerel and Gar. Club members that done well were Stu Withymans lady 'Bon' Oliver who came a good 6th with a Mackerel and Garfish (well done Bon) Mike Spiller came away in 10th spot and Terry Hartnell was 11th. The team of 4 was won by Anyfish Anywhere team.
The latest club junior comp was fished at Seaton at the weekend and I here there was a bit caught with Smoothound and Ray being caught. When I get more news I will put it up.
A nice Small Eyed was caught by Darren Bell at the weekend after fishing up the Channel with Stefan Herbert. I don't think there was much caught during the day but the Ray weighed in at 9-6-8. They both had a go on the reefs over the Low Water again on Monday I here, best fish reported from that trip was a Thorny of just over 6lb along with a couple of dogs!
The April shore event took place at the weekend and because of the weather it was made into a rover. 14 members signed in to fish the comp on a fairly windy and wet afternoon and evening. At the Midnight weigh-in it was apparent that some had gone home early due to the weather but there was still a bit caught during the match. Ken Sparks came away with the best fish a Doggie of 2-2-4. Karl Roberts was second with another Doggie of 2-2-0. The fun fish roll over for the best flatfish was won by Mike Spiller with a flounder of 1-2-0 from Exmouth. Other fish weighed in were Wrasse, Rockling and a Hound.
The Chesil Champs were fished yesterday and a fair number of club members took part in the competition. I don't think the fishing was at it's best but Terry Hartnell done well and came third, he weighed in a bag of Doggies plus a single Whiting. WELL DONE TERRY.
News in from Darren, Stef and Taffy that they have again been up the Channel and had some nice fish. Best of the half a dozen Thornies went to Darren with a fish of 10-5-0. Taffy also had one up around the 8lb mark along with a few strap conger too. Very good day sounds like to me chaps.
Taffy made the most of a rainy day on Monday, being rained off from work he made the trip up to the North Coast in search some action. It all came good at the last minute as he landed a cracking Cod from his chosen mark up there. Si 'the silver eel man' weighed it up on his digital scales and it weighed a mighty 17lb 14oz. (photo is up on the club Face Book page) Well done Taff a new club record I believe.
A few members have been out and about this weekend. Several members had a bit of a look around for an early Gilthead Bream, nothing found yet mind. Stefan Herbert and Si Boeree had a nose around up on the North Coast and came up with a few small Thornbacks and a few Congers for their trying. I believe Stef had one Thorny and Si had 3 Thornies. All fish being released after weighing as per the normal.
Just starting to pick up snippets of information that there are a few small Smoothounds being caught locally.
Saturday was the March shore competition at Bexington and there were around a dozen or so taking part. Conditions were not too bad with a fresh E to South East wind blowing along the beach. During the daylight there seemed to be loads of small Whiting and Rockling on each cast but as it got dark the Doggies took over. No surprise at the weigh-in that everybody managed to record two Doggies on their score cards. Best of the night was a fish of 2-2-0 for both Colin Berry and Barry Codling. The spot pool on the day was not won for the best flatfish, this will be rolled over to the April comp.
It sounds as tho it was slow (ish) on the North coast too at the weekend with only Doggies being recorded from the Minehead area for both Stefan and Big Dan!
Reports now flying around of a few Mullet being seen and caught in the local rivers all around our area. A little bit more of the warm sunshine will make all the difference.
A few Flounder are still being caught around the River Exe. Stefan Herbert and Darren Bell went fairly recently and had a couple to around 1-8-0. All the fish being caught on Crab baits.
The latest junior comp took place at Seaton on Sat night. It was a nice cold night and for a change there was a bit of fish caught and released. Callum Hardwick was the only one fishing on this occasion but he did find 4 Doggies and two small Whiting for 287 points. The best Doggie that he recorded weighed in at 2-4-0. What can we do to encourage a couple more juniors to fish I wonder???
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.
Mike Spiller tried his luck up on Portland at the weekend. Three Wrasse were caught and released with the best one weighing 4-10-0. The other two fish were around the 3lb mark. All the fish came to hardback crab bait. It was a cracking morning's fishing and the weather was perfect.
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.
Wayne Harwood has been out fishing over the weekend up on the North Coast, he joined a few friends for a day out on Saturday. By all accounts a good session was had by all with a number of ray being caught and released. Best one for Wayne was a Spotted of 4-0-0.
Darren and Stef were also out and about on Saturday and again I here they had a nice long walk to a mark up in the Channel. Not much to report mind other than a couple of doggies.
Well what can we say and do. As far as I am aware no one has been anywhere near a beach to check it out.
The Feb shore rover has taken place and most of the 14 or so that fished went down around Slapton way. It was a bit of a wild day weather wise with strong S/W winds but little rain! Fish caught were Doggies, Pout and Whiting.
The boys have been up on the North Coast again at the weekend, this time they dragged Si up with them. I here Si and Darren done well with a few small Spotted Ray, Whiting and Dogs. By all accounts Stef did not do so well as normal this time. Beep beep.
Darren and Stef have again been up on the North Coast reefs in search of some fish. yesterday saw a Thorny from the reefs around Minehead. In the afternoon over high tide on Gas works they had a couple of Whiting and Dogs. Nothing exciting I here.
The first comp of the year took place at Slapton last night and the conditions were good until the turn of the tide at about 9pm. Around 15 members fished the event and the fish caught were Whiting, Doggies, Pout, Pollack and a single Smoothound. Best fish was a Whiting for Ken Sparks of 1-6-0. Bill Cassar came in close behind with a Doggy of 2-3-0.
A few flounder captures getting reported from the Exe and the Teign. Mike Spiller fished in the Exe on Sunday, with plenty being caught between all the anglers there on Sunday morning. Stefan Herbert managed to get into the prizes on the Teign on Sunday (T and B ASA xmas comp) Stefan had four fish with the best two up around 1-12-0, this was enough to get him a xmas hamper on the day.
Last week saw Stefan and Big Dan fish up on the North Coast in search of a Cod or a Ray, not much for Stef I was told but Big Dan did find a nice Thorny of 10-5-0 along withna few Doggies and the odd Whiting.
The December shore comp took place at Seatown last weekend, the conditions on the day were ok but the fishing was a bit slow. All that seemed to be caught were a few Doggies and Pouting and the odd small Whiting. Top rod I here was Barry Codling.
The November shore comp took place last weekend and 16 members fished at Abbotsbury on a cracking night. The fishing I am told was good also with 4 specimen Whiting being recorded in the catch and release event. Paul Rouse and Lee had the best two Whiting which were up around the 1-14-0 size, Colin Berry also managed two good Whiting both just over the 1-8-0 mark. Top rod on the day went to Paul Rouse who also managed Doggies, Plaice and a Sole.
Still some good fishing to be had around the beach at Seaton with reports from Leon Rice that Mackerel, Gars and Mullet still being caught during the day.
The flounder fishing around the larger estuaries in the West of the region seems to be getting into full swing at the moment. Darren Bell had a recent trip recently and managed to record 4 fish, the best being a tidy fish of 2-8-12. The other three were all around 1-12-0 mark. The top bait on the day was peeler crab I am told.
The two day Flounder comp has just taken place at Teignmouth and what a great weekend it was for the weather. A good number of club members fished the event on Sat/Sun. The top three fish caught weighed 3-4-0, 3-3-0 and 3-2-0. The biggest by a club member was a fish of 2-7-0 for Stefan Herbert, this gave him a prize for the Saturdays fishing.. Best club member on the Sunday was Wayne Harwood with a fish of around 1-12-0. Well done to the Teignmouth club for a great weekend.
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.
There was a bit of a blow last night and I have not heard of much going on at present. The Open at Chesil last weekend saw an entry of around 50/60 for the memorial match for Steve Marley. As far as I know Dave Lane from Weymouth won on the day with two Gars. Dave Bowyer managed to fill Third spot with two doggies and Terry Hartnell slipped into 6th Spot.
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.
Taffy, Stef and Darren spent the weekend up on the North Coast chasing there Tope again and at last after 3 years searching and fishing hard Taffy had the breakthrough on Friday evening. Around 8pm Taffy had a cracking bite which took 50 yards of line and soon after he was pulling in a nice Tope of 21-5-10. After a quick picture the fish was slipped back in. WELL DONE TAFFY. Other fish caught over the weekend were Doggies and a nice Bull Huss for Stefan of 9lb. There is also a story going around about some wet waders but I guess nobody needs to know too much about that!!!
Seaton also seems to be kicking up some nice fish again. Stu and Bon tried their luck there on Monday evening and came away with some nice Gar and Mackerel.
The Lyme Bay shore took place at Seaton on Saturday night with all four clubs sending a team to fish. The evening was a plesent one and we had about 40 anglers fishing in all from the clubs. The fishing was ok with Mullet, Mackerel, Scad, Garfish, Dogs, Pollack and Wrasse caught. West Bay run out the winners with 62 points with HSAC in the r/u spot with 42 points. Lyme were third on 16 points and Beer finished with 15 points. Mike Spiller did manage a nice Scad on the night which weighed in at 1-4-0. Dr Kim also had his first Golden Grey capture, I think the weight was around 1-10-0.
It seems a few members have had the trip to the Isle of Wight last weekend. Si Boeree had a good trip, he had been looking for a nice Undulate Ray for a while now and this trip he done the work and found a nice Undulate of 13.6lbs. This was good enough to set a new club record for this species. Well done Si, you have been after one of these fish for a while now.
The lads are all back from the Ireland (Kerry) trip, safe and well (Kelvin the only one having a spot of bother in his kayak!) The weather was grand and the sea was calm for a change. All in all there were around 20 fish caught over the 100% barrier. Best fish ended up being Bens Pollack of 7-14-0. Terry Hartnell also had Pollack to 7-13-0 and 7-12-0 and he also had a nice Ling of nearly 7lb. Colin Berry also managed a PB for his Pollack fishing with a fish of 7lb 10oz. Other species caught during the week were, Bull Huss, Conger, Pout, Wrasse, Mackerel, Launce, Cuckoo Wrasse, Dabs, Octopus and Doggies.
The September all-nighter has just taken place and the weather was not perfect by all accounts for the doz or so that fished it. Most of the members fished along the Chesil for this 18 hour competition. Fish caught were Doggies, Bream, Mackerel, Scad, Pout etc etc. Top specimen on the night went to Richard Kemp who had a fine Pouting of 2-1-0.
A few good fish being caught in Ireland already with 7 members in Kerry fishing here till Saturday. Fish so far are Ling to 6-13-0 for Terry Hartnell and plenty of Pollack caught to live bait on the float. The best Pollack is 7-14-0 for Ben Bradstock with plenty more being caught over the 6 lb mark. The weather is good at the moment too.
Seaton Carnival Open shore took place at Seaton on Friday and a good turn out of 40 fished the event. Conditions were ok apart from a bit of rain early on in the match. Fish caught in this 5 hour match were Doggies, Scad, Mackerel, Gars, Wrasse, Gurnard Bass and Mullet. Top rod of the night was Ben Bradstock who recorded a Golden Grey Mullet of 1-12-0 and a Thick Lip Mullet of 5-3-0. Second spot went to Rob Marshall from Taunton who had a Mullet and Mackerel combination. Third spot was Mark Wittington who had a Wrasse and Doggie duo. A good night and £45 was raised for the carnival coffers.
The boys (Darren, Mario and Stef) have been out again this time going for an early Flounder down on the Exe. A couple small ones were captured I here along with a Bass for a Stef of around 3 lbs. Another interesting fish caught for Stu was a long slimy type fish, but I here it was flicked off very quick! (he never fails)
Last weekend saw the 12 hour Chesil rover and some nice fish were caught between the 14 or so that fished the match. Most fished between Bexy and Chesil Cove in the East. A good selection of fish were recorded at the weigh-in at West Bay at Midnight, these included Doggies, Scad, Mackerel, Sole, Smoothound, Bream and Gurnard. Best fish of the comp went to Colin Berry with a Red Gurnard of 1-2-12 (117%)
BIG DAN FINDS HIS FORM AT LAST.
Could not keep happening for much longer, friends were taking him places to catch some fish all week, but I here he did it yesterday in a big way (or so I'm told) three double shots of big dogs was enough to keep Big Dan smiling all day :)
If you want to catch some Mackerel for Tea, get your self down to somewhere like Seaton or Sidmouth. Never seen so many shoals of fish working together, late in the evenings. Please remember only take enough for what you can eat or use for bait.
Huge shoals of Mackerel seem to be roaming up and down between Sidmouth and Seaton in the evening, most probably why there have been a few decent Bass caught locally. A few flats have been reported up on the Chesil I here. Greg Jackson fished there last week and managed a couple for tea!
By all accounts there was a simple comp on Thursday evening by a few at Branscombe 'who could catch the most Mackerel' They lined up and Stu Withyman took a storming lead early on and kept his nerve during the evening and won the event, well done. Stefan Herbert saw early on that he could not compete against the competition and decided to do some just simple bottom fishing. During the night Stef managed Black Bream to 1-12-0, Bull Huss and a nice Bass of 6lb. If only Stef could have found the Mackerel!
Last Friday saw the last evening event take place at Budleigh. Conditions were nice and calm and warm and there were a few fish around too. Fish caught included Mackerel, Scad, LSD, Pout and Gurnard. Top rod on the night went to Ken Sparks who had a LSD and Scad combination.
The boys have been trying their luck up in the Channel with Stef, Darren and Taff having a go. Top rod I here over the weekend was Taffy (somehow!) with a couple of Thornies. (late news in, apparently they would have fitted through his top eye without touching. There was also some form of nudity reported happening in the Minehead Pier area) Quack Quack!
The all nighter took place recently with 14 anglers taking part, conditions I was told were perfect with warm weather and light winds. Many fished along the Chesil and some went to Torbay. The roll over for the best Mackerel went to Ken Sparks with a fish around 13oz (£40) In fact it turned out to be a good night for Ken as he won the normal pool and the super pool with his specimen Red Gurnard of 1-2-0. Another Red Gurnard of over 100% went to Micky Kane with his fish recorded at 1-1-0.
Stefan Herbert and Darren 'Beep Beep' Bell tried there luck up the channel at the weekend, the weather for it was good I here and the fishing was ok too. Stef managed a few ray with the best one being a spotted of 4-8-0. Darren's best fish of the tide was a super doggie of 1-6-0!!!
A few anglers out and about at the weekend, The Exeter lads tried their luck up on the Chesil at the weekend and it seemed the fishing was ok when you could hold bottom! A few Doggies and flats were caught and there were a couple of cracking Pout caught by all accounts. Azza had a good one or thought he did until Paul Rouse flopped his Pout on the scales, Paul's weighed 1.77 lb (approx 1-12-0)
Apart from a few Mullet still cruising around in the rivers its seems a bit slow everywhere. The odd Mackerel being caught on the local beeches and the odd Smoothound to crab bait still. Other reports I have heard about over the last week or so is some nice Ray action in West Dorset with fish being caught well into double figures.
Last night saw the second heat of the Friday Summer league with Sidmouth as the venue. Conditions were grim with strong Southerly winds and heavy rain for most of the match. At the weigh-in it was evident by the number of people coming back that there had not been much caught during the match. Greg Jackson turned up with minutes to spare of the close with a single bass of 46 cm which weighed 2-2-0. Being the only sizeable fish caught it won him the match.
Saturday saw the inter club comp against Beer and District on the beaches from Seaton to Budleigh. The fishing was ok but slow for some of the anglers trying their luck. Our best fish of the night was a cracking Smoothound of 13-9-0 (160%+) caught by Paul Rouse on lug and Crab. Paul also had the second best fish with a near specimen Doggie. Other fish landed were Huss and small Ray.
Best 10 fish from Honiton was 826% and Beer managed to score 680% so HSAC run out the winners on the night.
One or two mullet around to be caught in the rivers, seen a few caught my self at Seaton. Leon Rice also had a nice one last week of 4lb
A few anglers trying their luck on Seaton and Branscombe beaches over the last few days, fish reported are Doggies and the odd small Smoothound. Still no reports of Mackerel around yet to catch!
The first evening comp took place on Friday night and there was an entry of 14 anglers fishing. Conditions were good for Branscombe and fish caught were Doggies, Huss and Plaice.
Top rod on the night was Dr Kim with a Dogfish of 2-1-0. Second was Greg Jackson with another Doggie of just under 2lb. Ken Sparks had the best Plaice with a fish of 1-5-0.
This Friday will see the first of the evening events with the fishing from 7pm - Mid. The venue on Friday will be Branscombe.
Last night saw the May shore event. The fixture should have been Bexington but with a strong West wind blowing all day the fixture was changed at the sign on to a rover (any area) as per the rules. Good choice too as reports stated that Chesil was very lumpy indeed!
Fun fish for the event was down to be a Mackerel and with that in mind a fair few headed off for Torbay or even Slapton to try and find an elusive Mackerel along with anything else that might be about!. The fishing did seem fairy hard down at Slapton and Torbay with no Mackerel showing and even the doggies did prove difficult to locate. Best fish of the night was a LSD for Karl Roberts who found some decent ones at Budleigh, Karls best was 2-3-0. Runner up for the best specimen went to Micky Kane who had a LSD one oz lighter at 2-2-0. Other fish caught during the comp were Bass, Bull Huss, Plaice, and Rockling.
The catch and release events seem to be working well on the shore comps with nearly all fish being weighed on the beach and returned straight away.
Well at least we have seen some settled and warm weather at last. But its down hill again for Thursday I here. A few members have been out and about. I have heard of a few Mackerel at Seaton and Budleigh and some Mullet from the local rivers on bread. Things can only get better through May.
Barry and James Trevett tried there luck on a local beach and had one good fish between them along with a few Doggies. Barry had the only Ray of the night but it was a nice Small Eyed of 9lb 12oz. With a new Angling Trust specimen size set for Area D of 10lb it never made 100% but it still is a cracking fish.
Saturday evening saw the juniors fishing their comp at Seatown. A bit on the cold side but both Callum and Billy caught Plaice and Pouting. Nothing of much size but the biggest Plaice was just under a 1lb. Top rod on the night went to Callum.