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A great day sea fishing - 19/08/15

After having a previous trip this year called off due to high winds, we were keeping our fingers crosses that this second trip, chartering the Jessica Hettie out of Clovelly would go ahead.

We woke to see a beautiful day, clear blue skies and no wind, the perfect day for the trip. These are relaxed trips where the group interaction is as important as the fishing but this turned out to be one of my best days sea fishing.



We started off just outside Clovelly harbour fishing for mackerel without success but Clive, the skipper brought some from the previous day so we wasted no time and headed for Hartland where we fished for bass. I had one about 3lb, Matthew had one a shade bigger, Reg had one a similar size to mine but topped it off with this beauty.


Then, when the tide changed we went down to Welcombe and for four hours fishing off a reef and caught fish steadily all day. I was trying an idea I had for smaller species with a 6' spinning rod, 8lb line and a size 8 hook and was immediately into the smoothhound followed by nice bream, pouting, mackerel, scad.


Reg fished heavier and had a 2 tope, one pictured below and huss.


Graham was fishing lighter for bream and after catching a tope had a bream on his small baits. Matthew had the best Pollock of around 6lb and Colin, the newest addition to the party, again fishing with light tackle had this huss, and bream.



 We must have taken well into three figures by the end of the day and 11 different species. We even saw porpoise and seal. What a day with a good group of friends. Fishing doesn't get any better than this, and highlights what North Devon can offer.