6:00 p.m. November 1, 2021
Gurnards seem to be popping up everywhere right now, young Jamie-Leigh Morgan fishing at Beesands for mackerel with a 40g lure, caught her first Tub Gurnard and I’ve heard of others coming in for floaters.
I managed to find myself among them this week, fishing for beer on Kim Aplin’s boat, Sambe, a little tub gurnard and a couple of gorgeous red gurnards.
Also beer fishing, the members of Honiton SAC had a great day with a good mix of fish including Bull Huss, Ondulate Rays, Cuckoo Wrasse and Black Bream. The fish pick was 11lb 11oz Alan Decan’s Huss and 10lb Richard Hills Ondulate Ray. Tom Travers of the same club fished in Lyme Regis, finding lots of black bream and bass.
The beaches still reject summer species, including some of the winter species. A few small whiting have been caught which is good news for those who like the table too little but they can be a nuisance when fishing for large fish as they will strip the hooks of bait very quickly.
Chesil Beach produced some cod and a 6lbs 12oz rod fish from Luke Bartlett and 5lbs 10oz to Barry Hawkins. Chris Wagstaff of Newton Abbot traveled to the Hinkley area of the Bristol Channel in search of stingrays and landed four Thornbacks weighing 5lb 6oz, as well as numerous small congers weighing just over 10lb.
Charter boat Torquay Silver Halo targeted bluefin tuna as part of the CHART tagging program, two fish were successfully brought to the side of the tagged boat and quickly released. Tunas have been sighted all along the southwest coast and can often be seen jumping out of the water, an awe-inspiring sight.
The Newbarn Fishing Center and Spring Ponds continue to catch carp, but with cooler days it can be slower at times.
There is still time to get your photos and reports for the Fish of the Month contest, graciously sponsored by Sidewinder Lures and Newbarn Angling Center. Please send them to [email protected]