ANGLING: News from the sea and shore with Mike Millman
THE first fish of the month results for Wyvern's year make good reading for Plymouth-based members of affiliated clubs, notably in the shore category.
First place went to Alan Hobbs of Roving Rods SAC for a small eyed ray of 13lb 11oz 7drm (164.4 per cent).
This was the highest percentage scored in all categories. Rodbenders' Lee Vosper filled second spot with a thornback of 13lb 6oz (133.7 per cent) and third place went to Craig Pope of Roving Rods for a smoothound of 10lb 3oz 8drams (127.7 per cent).
The junior shore category was dominated by Jack Burnett of Roving Rods who led it with a golden grey mullet of 2lb 5oz (115.6 per cent) and he also had third spot for a grey mullet of 3lb 14oz which just missed specimen rating. The boat category was won by Denise Stacey of Torbay & Babbacombe ASA, who had an excellent flounder of 3lb 11oz and another good fish was a conger of 67lb 10oz by Rob Jones of Paignton SAA.
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Members of Wrigley's SAC took advantage of a window in the strong winds for a rewarding trip to an offshore wreck aboard Malcolm Jones' Sea Angler 11.
Cod were plentiful on the hulk and father and son Duncan and Richard Black made the most of the opportunity taking fish to 21lb 8oz.
Pollack in high double figures were again in evidence and proved eager to take a variety of lures.
The boat was drifted over the mark lying in 38 fathoms in a moderate run of tide.
THE combined Plymouth & District Shore League and Plymouth Federation of Sea Anglers presentation of awards is on Saturday at the Stonehouse Community Centre.
THERE is to be a Cornish Lure Festival around the whole of the Cornish coast on a 'catch and release' basis from July 6-8. The contact for more information is Ben Field at The Art of Fishing. Email email@example.com
PLYMOUTH carp enthusiast Carl Griffiths set up his bivvy camp for an overnight session at Paignton's Town Parks Peg 14, braving an element of cold weather.
He had two fish, the best a mirror of 20lb 2oz said to be in excellent condition.
A BEAUTIFULLY scaled mirror carp of 25lb 8oz was the prize for Plymouth rod Tom Purdy when he made his latest visit to the Town Parks Fishery.
He then made the surprising move from peg one which had produced the big fish to peg three, but this also fished well.
The venue's match lake can be relied on to produce good bags, notably roach and bream. Tutored fishing is available which can be a shortcut to coarse fishing success.
A NEW TV series based around the best selling fishing book of all time, 'Mr Crabtree goes Fishing', is being produced. The team working on it are looking for a young male or female to be featured with fishing legend John Bailey in what will be a very successful series to be screened later this year.
The contact if you have someone in mind who could fit the bill is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Crabtree was a cartoon character devised by the great Bernard Venables, who drew all the picture strips. He was angling correspondent for the Daily Mirror and because of this gained no royalties despite the book selling more than two million copies in the late-1940s.
He went on to write many other titles on his own behalf and in 1953 was co-founder of Angling Times, which made EMAP the producers of one of the most successful fishing newspapers.
He was much involved with the TV series Out and About which had a huge audience. He died in 2001 at the age of 94 after spending much of his later years campaigning to clean up Britain's most polluted waterways. He was well worth a knighthood which he never got.