I have visited the unique Island of Sark on several occasions with fellow members of the Combe Martin Sea Angling and every trip has been a great adventure. This trip was special however as James my son was with me along with long-term mates Nick Phillips and John Avery. We stayed in Le Vieux Clos Guest house situated in the centre of the Island and were well looked after by hosts Sally and Peter.
The target species on this trip were grey mullet and black bream the tactics light float tackle using bread hook baits. Both species give a spirited battle on this tackle with any good-sized fish taking several minutes to subdue.
In addition I had also packed my Snowbee Sling bag stocked with soft plastic lures to try for a wrasse.
The waters around Sark are generally crystal clear allowing tantalizing glimpses of the specimens’ we hoped to land. Over the years we have certainly seen some absolutely massive mullet. On this trip the leviathans proved as elusive as ever; though john Avery did momentarily connect with a massive mullet that briefly boiled on the surface before the hook hold gave,
Top fish of the week was superb mullet of 5lb 6oz to Nick Phillips with John taking mullet to 4lb 15oz. My own best fish was a black bream scaling 3lb 1oz.
James was thrilled to connect with several mullet topped by a good-sized fish of 3lb 8oz that gave him an impressive battle on the Barbel Travel rods we were using.
The potential of the wrasse fishing on Sark is without doubt immense. The kelp strewn rocky gulley’s and clear water are perfect terrain. James and I tempted several small fish using soft plastics and had several baits chomped clean in half.
Having fished Sark for several years we have built up knowledge of a wealth of marks to fish dependent upon tide and weather. Some marks are potentially dangerous during wet weather and need to be avoided. Mobility is often the key to success and can be rewarding if a little tiring.
Each day we fished for over eight hours watching buoyantly optimistic floats aware that at any minute they could disappear beneath the waves as the fish of dreams engulfed the size 8 hook buried within the bread flake. In the evening we discussed tactics and planned the next days approach over a pint or two of amber nectar.
To summarize a great adventure on a wild and unspoilt Island; lets hope the blights of modernity that this Island gives sanctuary from are not imposed by those that push for change.