DSCF2723The last few weeks have seen limited trips to the waters edge with little reward fish wise though it’s always good to be there. An after work session at Watermouth with Rob Scoines brought a blank for me. The water was murky with May bloom and this could have contributed to a lack of success. This was an LRF session; an excuse to get out and put a bend in the rod seeing what was about. We tried three marks before ending up at the mouth of the harbour where Rob connected with a fine 6lb 3oz bass on a king ragworm presented on a jig head. The smile on Robs face made the trip well worth while and the scenery on a summer’s night more than compensated for the lack of fish. It was good to see so many visitors enjoying camping out with the aroma of burgers and sausage lingering in the air.

The annual CMSAC Putsborough Open proved a successful event for the club with close to forty entrants and some good fish weighed and released. I even managed a ray myself first cast as the light was fading. As is so often the case the winning fish came from the centre of the beach which proves it’s often worth the walk. Though I was glad Rob Scoines had staked a spot far from the centre as I was suffering from a bad back at the time and did not need a mile hike with seat box on my back.

Pauline and I headed to Dartmouth for a short break a few days later and the LRF gear was packed just in case. We did manage a short session on the waterfront before enjoying fish and chips in Rock fish restaurant. A small goby was tempted on my Isome worm and Pauline did manage a couple of bites. Fishing light tackle off the harbours of South Devon and Cornwall always reminds me of my young days fishing the banjo pier at Looe in Cornwall.

Next trip was short session after mullet that resulted in another blank.
I was due to join Keith Armishaw and party of anglers on board Clive Pearson’s boat ‘Jessica Hetty’ off Clovelly. The day off work had been booked well in advance but the weather failed to play ball and a North West wind spoiled our day. As always the day was taken up with other matters and it was not until evening that I headed out with the lure rod for a short session after a bass.
As ever Rob Scoines was keen to join me and we headed back to the scene of his previous success. A brisk westerly was blowing and conditions seemed perfect with a nice bit if fizz in the water!
We spent close to three hours casting and retrieving without a pull. It is getting very frustrating as I have been testing a brilliant new rod. A 7ft St Leger – Renegade that casts like dream will I am sure handle any bass with ease. I am hoping to give the rods a good workout in Norway where we will hope to hook fish far larger than our UK bass!

Fishing can often be hard going and when fish stocks are low you perhaps need a bit of luck. Not catching when conditions seem perfect is a frustrating game. Past experience has shown however that success comes eventually if you just keep plugging away.

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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