Fishing report from Babbacombe Pier, Torquay

My daughter Hannah and I were going to fish on Meadfoot beach but switched to Babbacombe when we saw how much seaweed was in and out of the water at meadfoot. The first bit of good news is the parking at Babbacombe is currently just £2 for the whole day making it a cheap spot to park compared to other places. I haven’t been fishing […]

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Sea fishing seasons for the south west UK.

I’ve added a new section to Torbay Fishing called Sea fishing seasons. Fishing is very season dependant and with around 120 different species coming here at different parts of the year it can be difficult to know what comes when. The new page covers the seasons and what you’re likely to catch here in the south west UK.

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Fishing report for Sunday 26th October

The sky was overcast with a north easterly wind and a high tide at 7.45pm. I decided to see what bait I could obtain before I decided where I was going to fish. Simon at Tidal Tackle (down at Torquay Harbourside) had a busy weekend so he only had frozen bait left. I decided to grab some bait elastic, sand eel and squid and I […]

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Flounder season arrives in North Devon

The estuary is producing some really good flounders as the season starts to really pick up. Mark Beer won Triple Hook Club’s WYCO EWB Flounder Competition with a fish scaling 1lb 11¼oz. The runner-up was Daniel Redmore with a flounder of 1lb 9oz. Diary dates Sunday: Wistlandpound Fly-fishing Club Secretary’s Shield, Wistlandpound, fishing 10am-4pm. Sunday: Blakewell Fishery Autumn Open, for details call the fishery on […]

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Ban on ray fishing may cause havoc for North Devon fishing industry

The nationwide ban on ray fishing came into force on Sunday, October 12 2014 which will affect fishing businesses in North Devon the hardest because ray is the most caught fish off the Bristol channel. The rule came about because the UK had gone over its quota for landing ray and the ban means it won’t be viable for many boats to fish off the […]

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Fishing app tracks catch ‘from bait to plate’

Fishermen in the Westcountry are going to be launching an innovative new mobile phone “app” which allows their catches to be tracked from “bait to plate”. Ultimately, it is hoped the 60sq mile zone off the Devon and Dorset coast will become the UK’s first “fully documented” inshore fishery. Eventually, it is hoped fish and shellfish will be traced from the fishmonger’s slab or restaurant […]

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Furious fishermen facing ruin after Government quota closure

Fishing boats have been tied up and jobs lost after a Government decision to close a fishery “wiped out” large parts of the industry “at the stroke of a pen”. Fishing leaders have accused the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) of “ineptitude” and “gross mismanagement” after its removal of the North Devon fleet’s fishing rights. Sellers and processors have complained they are being driven out of […]

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North Devon fishing industry under threat

The £100M fishing industry in North Devon is under threat say its fishermen after restrictions on the landing of some varieties of fish have been imposed. The Bristol Channel is renowned for its flat fish but Ray stocks are considered to be under threat in UK waters and a ban has been implemented. “We now have no ray quota, no sole quota, no spurdog quota, […]

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Rare almaco jack catch off Lundy Island

Well done Scott Shepherd for claiming this rare catch. From John Barbeary’s Ilfracombe-based charter boat Bluefin, Scott used a string of silver dream feathers to tempt an almaco jack scaling 1lb 13oz. The fish is more often caught in warmer seas and it was just 1oz off the British record, DOH! 🙂

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50ft wide crab photographed from the air at Whitstable

A Crabzilla? The seaside town might be famed for its oysters, but this incredible photo(shopped?) image could soon have visitors flocking to Whistable in the hope of catching Britain’s biggest crab. The photo(shopped?) image appears to show a crustacean that is at least 50ft-wide lurking in shallow water.

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