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Brixham, Spot-On Charters, Ross Parham
A half-day trip down to the Skerries today for just myself and crew-man Sam saw us start feathering mackerel and herring for some bait and then we headed into a lovely scenic cruise along the rocky coastline passing common dolphins and porpoises until we reached the Skerries bank.
We put the anchor down and – Boom! - fish on, a fine blonde ray of 12lb, a little bit more time passed and, again, another ray for myself at 20lb. This, along with dogfish, continued for most of the morning. We moved a short way and then it was the turn of the small-eyed rays and some more dogfish. Species caught on this day included blonde ray, small-eyed ray, dogfish, mackerel, herring and whiting.
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Minehead, John Sherlock
February was a better month with the boats getting out more but, unfortunately, on the small tides during the early part of the month, the fish were difficult to find. All known marks were fished and several moves made during the trips were all to no avail with, often, just the dogfish and congers providing the sport. Thankfully, as the tides picked up, so did the fishing with a few codling up to about 5lb appearing and the ray fishing, once again, being excellent with fish up to Sam Tarr’s fine fish of 23lb. Some good bull huss appeared with a fine 14lb specimen to skipper Michael. With the first of the smooth-hound showing and reports of the first tope appearing further down the Channel at Ilfracombe the signs are good. With the water still fairly warm, the spring fishing is going to kick-in early and be very good. On one trip, the sun was shining and the fish were biting, not sure you could get a more enjoyable day out there!! We had nearly thirty spurs, tope to 25lb, smooth-hound to 13lb, congers, huss, whiting, spotted ray and half a dozen blondes to finish it off. Now is the time to book for these hard-fighting fish.
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Poole, Silver Spray, Sam Cumming
Although it’s usually our quietest period of the year we still manage a few trips out in late January or early February. The offshore banks are starting to hot up with plenty of spur dogs, nothing monstrous yet, fish up to about 20lb so far, but I’m sure we will get a few bigger ones on the neap tides in March. We have also had a very good start to the year with rays of all different varieties, always welcome to get a good bend in the rod. As February pushes on, we will mostly see blonde rays and a few undulates until the water warms up. We have snuck in our first wreck trip early this year and were rewarded with some fat spring pollack up to 13lb. As seems to be quite common at this time of year, we had a nice visit from a large pod of dolphins halfway through the day, which really is an amazing sight. The video of this encounter is on our Facebook page. Over the next month we will be mostly wreck fishing with a few days on the banks for spurs here and there.
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