A prize from dark waters

The Bristol Channel stretches ahead of us; far across the water the Welsh coast is illuminated by twinkling lights and the hills of North Devon are silhouetted against the night sky. A starry sky creates a vast ceiling above with occasional shooting stars streaking across the darkness.
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Kevin Legge and myself watch our rod tips as they sway to the pull of the tide. We wallow in the anticipation of a flooding tide and what it might bring. After half an hour Kevin reels in a plump rockling of just over a pound. I catch a dogfish.
Then an hour into the flooding tide Kev’s reel emits a warning click as line is pulled steadily from the ratchet. A few minutes later the rod is straining as an unseen powerful fish is coaxed towards the shoreline. I wait at the waters edge ready to lift the prize from the water. When a large eel appears on the surface I stoop to lift the writhing creature onto the rocks.
The conger is carefully weighed in a Homebase refuse bag before being cradled for photos. At 30lb 5oz the eel is Kevin’s third over the thirty- pound barrier and the second I have assisted him to land.
The conger succumbed to Ammo Cuttlefish presented on an 8/0 Sakuma Manta Extra.
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A few more dogfish, small conger a whiting and a large edible crab succumb to our baits as the tide floods.
We pack away when as the tide threatens our departure well pleased with the evenings fishing. We note a lack of anglers on the rocks despite pleasing conditions. It’s a far cry from a few years ago when anglers lined the rocks in search of big winter cod.

About piscator2

An all-round angler I fish for fun and enjoy sharing my experiences and adventures at the waters edge. Each week I write a column for the North Devon Journal and occasional articles for various publications.
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