Easter fishing, mullet, catch reports

The Easter Break – Shore Fishing Review

In Catch Reports, Shore Fishing by James T Madsen

Bristol Channel Anglers

We have seen a few very special fish over this Easter break, big Blonde rays, Mullet and Bass. New personal bests have been set on both the English and Welsh side of the channel.

The Easter Break – Shore Fishing Review – Sponsored by Thyers

Magical Mullet

Paul Ashton 2lb 12oz Thin lipped mullet!

Clevedon Pier, North Somerset

Catching mullet up channel doesn’t happen all that often. This is actually the first ever one to be caught and recorded from Clevedon Pier.

Paul was over the moon with his mullet, a new PB and pier record!

The fish fell for a Ragworm bait fished on a simple running paternoster rig, one hour into the ebbing tide.

A great capture and nice photo!

Well done Paul, great fishing!

Smashing Blondes

David Chinnink 17lb Blonde Ray!

Barry, South Wales

What a cracking fish!

David has only been fishing half a dozen times, so you can imagine his delight when he pulled out this beauty!

The fish fell for a Lugworm and crab cocktail fished on a single hook clip down rig.

An incredible specimen and cracking new PB for the Welsh angler.

It really goes without saying, David is now hooked on fishing!

That will take some beating matey, fantastic fishing, well done!


Daio Lewis 8lb 4oz Bass!

Ogmore beach, South Wales

Caught, weighed, photographed and released!

What a cracking bar of silver!

Daio couldn’t believe his eyes, once this beauty had grabbed his bait, the rod nearly flew straight off the tripod!

The bass fell for single Sandeel fished on a pulley pennel rig.

It is great to see the Bass making an appearance, I’m sure we will be seeing a few more over the next couple of weeks!

An absolute corker, well done Daio!

Feeling Thorny

The male Thornback ray are now arriving in big numbers, seeking out the larger female of the species.

Thornies can now be caught anywhere between Minehead to Portishead on the English side and from Redwick to Barry on the Welsh side of the estuary.

Lee Jones 9lb Thornback!

Brean Down, Weston Super Mare

Congratulations to Lee for catching his first ever ray!

A fine fish to open his account!

Lee was out on the Down with Gareth Griffiths and Ryan Wingfield from the White Water shore team, on good Friday.

After a very early start, the lads had to put some rod hours in but evenchally got their reward!

The rays fell for Ammo baits Squid, Bluey and Mackerel.

Cracking angling lads, top rods!

More Thornies from the Easter break

Taylor Lewis – Cardiff Foreshore

Carl McCormack – Brean Down

Michael Bush – Portishead slipway

Harrison Gent – Sand Point

Gary Dean – Cardiff Foreshore

Another fantastic ray fest, well done guys!

The Match Schedule – Support Local!

We are looking forward to the first big spring open of the year on Weston town beach, happening this weekend!

Check out how to fish the venue with our local expert John Lintern.

Weston Beach, venue expert, John Lintern

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Keep an eye out for my pre-match review which I will be publishing soon, getting you ready for the weekend!

The next Thyers match is happening on Friday 8th April, everyone is welcome!

The BCFSA Spring open in Minehead!

This is an open shore fishing competition and the first official team event of the year for BCFSA affiliated clubs. Teams of 4!

Looking Ahead

We are expecting a further increase of rays in the channel, more Bass and a final run of Codling.

Our fingers are crossed for a few more double figured Cod but they seemed to have disappeared for the time being.

Don’t be surprised to see a couple of small early smooth hounds come out around the Gasworks area of Minehead, anytime now!

Remember, rod hours = Reward!

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