Colin Penny has been specializing in targeting flatfish on the famous Shamble banks off Weymouth for close to twenty years and has a deserved reputation for putting anglers onto the most productive spots. Flamer 4 is a charter boat that can reach the marks in around 45 minutes giving plenty of fishing time.
I was fortunate to have been invited to fish the annual Ammo Baits match which was to be fished for Flatfish on this occasion with points allocated for each flatfish caught and bonus points added for different species. My aim for this trip in addition to getting a good story and pictures was to bag my first turbot.
I was fortunate to succeed on all three counts landing two turbot the best a decent fish of around 6lb. Highlight of the trip was the capture of a specimen turbot to the rod of Peter Gillet that weighed 15lb. Drifting the banks for turbot is very much a game of persistence with patience required to keep bouncing that bait over the shale until it eventually entices a predatory turbot or brill. In general fishing here is all about quality with many anglers landing their personal best during trips with Colin. This is particularly true with plaice fishing on the mussel beds where recent catches have included fish to 7lb 8oz.
I was lucky to end up winning the Ammo Baits competition thanks in part to the bonus points acquired when I landed a lucky dab.