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Rod Hours Reap Reward – Shore Review

In Catch Reports, Shore Fishing by James T Madsen

Bristol Channel Anglers

You will see in this review how long rod hours can pay dividends. Anglers doing so this week have been rewarded with some amazing fish, monster Blondes, Thornback Ray, Congers and Cod.

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William Hits The Jackpot

William Ansari bagged a monster Blonde Ray of 20lb 3oz from the Somerset reefs on Sunday!

This is some fish from the shores of the Bristol Channel and one of the biggest rays landed from the English side of the estuary for quite some time.

The Blonde beauty fell for a Sandeel and squid cocktail bait, fished on a long pulley pennel.

William was out fishing on the Somerset reefs with Robert Yorke and his gang from Plymouth. These guys are the epitome of how long rods hour can reap rewards, putting in some serious hours on this mark over the past week.

You will find the best of the fishing a few hours either side of low water. This Blonde came in first cast of the session, on the ebbing tide. What a way to start!

Great fishing lads!

Congratulations to Willaim for catching a very special fish from the shore!

Man or Machine

Mark Jones – Channel Anglers Specimen Group

Rod, Somerset reefs, Rays

Ryan Wingfield – TEAM WHITEWATER

Rod, Somerset reefs, Rays

Mark and Ryan kicked off their session on Friday evening, starting at high water on Brean Down, Weston Super Mare.

The fishing was steady with numerous Thornbacks and Codling falling for a variety of different fish baits.

The session continued into the early hours and on to Saturday morning!

The guys had made a move and fished Shurton reefs at low water. Another very productive session followed, more Thornbacks and Conger Eels.

It didn’t end there for Mark Jones, he then fished and won a local club competition at Ogmore, South Wales on Saturday evening.

The man is a machine!

The lads were back down on the reefs at Shurton Sunday afternoon.

The fishing was a bit slower but one of their pals Joel Smith did manage a new PB  17lb 2oz conger!

A splendid eel, well done Joel!

Awesome fishing from Mark and Ryan!

Well done chaps!

Top rod action!

SWSA – Club Fishing

The South Wales sea angling club led by Robert Cole fished a Club match on Sunday at Ogmore, South Wales.

Conditions were not ideal as swells worked there way along the ledges, nevertheless, the lads did find a few fish!

There was good variety of species landed Dogfish, Whiting, Turbot and Small eyed ray.

Match Winner John Howcroft!

John landed this cracking 8lb 3oz Small Eyed, along with two dogfish.

The fish fell for Sandeel baits fished on Pulley pennel rigs.

Congrats on the win John, great fishing matey! Top rod!

Simon Hodges finished in second place with another cracking Small eyed ray of 8lb 1oz!

Well done Simon!

Sean Dublin was third with a nice bag of Dogfish.

Rob would like to thank all 23 anglers for turning up and fishing. He would also like to welcome the new members that joined the club recently and fished on Sunday.

This Week’s Gallery

The Welsh Cod Challenge

Holton Road Angling in Barry hold a competition annually for the biggest shore caught Cod of the season.

The competition this year Kicked off on the 1st of November 2015 and finished on the 31st March 2016.

There were 75 anglers entered into this one, each paying £10 to enter, so that put £750 in the pot! 100% Payout!

The Top 3 – Prizes presented by Daniel Crump of Holton Rd Angling

Congratulations to the winner Lewis Howbrow!

Top Rod!

2nd Runner up Lee Norris

3rd Runner up Shaun Evans

I hear that this comp turned out to be a lot of fun with plenty of friendly banter!

A really good idea from the guys at Holton Rd and a great way to keep anglers interested and fishing.

Well done to everyone involved!

The Match Calendar

Thyers match this Friday!

BCFSA Spring open a week on Sunday!

Check out our new page – The Local Match Calendar

Looking Ahead – England & Wales

We expect the Ray fishing to continually improve over the next couple of weeks, along with an improvement in the numbers of Codling.

Expect to see a few more Bass and even the chance of an early Sole. We had a report of an early slip on Burnham beach last Tuesday night in the Weston SAA club match.

It could be worth trying for an early Smoothound at the Gasworks in Minehead. The first part of the flooding tide up from low water can often produce.

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