Baywater Anglers May 2023 Schedule
While we are usually pretty lucky with the weather, there are times when it is pouring with rain or blowing a gale. In these conditions it is not much fun fishing - and sometimes unsafe to do so - meaning that the best thing to do is to cancel the event. Consequently, if the weather looks dodgy and an event looks in danger of being cancelled, the best thing to do is to phone me on my mobile number 07704 602180 beforehand to check and see if it is on.
Sunday, 30th April 2023 Time: 1.00 pm 6.00 pm Venue: Blackpool Sands Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 3.26 pm Height: 3.6 m. Training Focus: Rotten Bottom Tackles
At this time of the year, the bull huss will have returned inshore from their spawning period, which usually takes place in February and March, when they move out into deeper water. So, by now, they should be back in good condition and present in reasonable numbers. With Brixham probably a good place to avoid this weekend, with the pirate festival, I thought that it would be nice to try Blackpool Sands once again. Leger tackle with biggish fish baits should be fine rotten bottom tackle even better - but you could, if you can get hold of some, bring along some worm baits to see what else is around. (There might be a few plaice.) For myself, I will be sticking to mackerel flapper or squid to give the bull huss a proper trial.
I have booked a camping weekend at Woodlands Leisure Park on Friday, 7th July 2023 to Sunday, 9th July, 2023 in the hope that there will be enough people interested to make it viable. The idea is that you go to the park after 1.00 pm on Friday, camp overnight and get entrance (at no extra cost) into the park on what remains of Friday and all-day Saturday. You then camp over Saturday night and have entrance (at no extra cost) to the park all day Sunday although your tent must be removed from the site before 5.00 pm.
On the Saturday night, we hold a free bingo session for the children followed by a raffle, which is a chance to raise some money for the club. This has always gone down well. All the prizes for the bingo were donated by myself and Julie, before she passed away, while extra raffle prizes on the day are always gratefully received.
All of this is, of course, provisional upon us getting enough people for the rally, which means that we will need eleven pitches minimum. However, if we do get enough people, then the cost will be £100.00 per unit (family of four) for the whole weekend, which is excellent value for money. However if we can put together a group with more than 23 units then we should be able to get a further reduction. Electrics are available at £9.50 per night and you can take additional people at a cost of £18.00 per person (£9 per night). If you have a caravan or camper van, you are quite welcome to use these instead of a tent but there are rules that you will need to see the rally steward about. (There are also a few loan tents available from Baywater Anglers.) If you, or any of your friends, are interested in the trip, could you please let me have a £10 deposit from 15th March, 2023 onwards. The balance must then be paid by 27th June 2023 if you please.
Considering that a single days entrance into the park for a family of 4, if pre-booked online, is £75.24, this is really good value for money.
If you are interested then please let me know as soon as you can.
Look after yourselves!
Sunday, 7th May 2023 Time: 5.00 pm 9.00 pm Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 8.23 pm Height: 4.7 m. Training Focus: Float Tackle
Over the last couple of weeks, I have had good reports of mackerel catches from the Breakwater, which is encouraging since this is the time of the year when the summer species are usually only just starting to trickle in. In addition, in the past, I have found that sometimes we get a run of herring, which can be taken on spinning tackle Carolina rigs with small, artificial sandeels on the end. Resident species, like various wrasse, will be around and we have had several over two pounds weighed in recently. It is also the time of year when we have had some very big garfish, including the club record, which tend to come in at this time for two or three weeks before dispersing around the bay. These bigger females tend to go deep - 17 foot is a good starting depth - and usually put up a very determined fight.
Sunday 14th May 2023 Time: 8.30 am 5.00 pm Venue: Pick up at Kingswear Event: Boat trip - Reef fishing on the African Queen - for adults and juniors High Tide: 4.23 pm Height: 4.0 m.
Unfortunately, at the moment, the plaice around the Skerries are small so we are going to rest the plaice trips until some larger fish start to show. Instead, with this being a small tide - perfect for the reefs - we are going to have a go for some bigger fish, like bull huss etc. Cost of the trip will be £50 as long as we get a minimum of 7 people going. You will need to bring along your own squid, mackerel, blueys etc, depending on what you fancy trying out. In addition, I am going to bring along some crabs to see if there are any smoothounds around. (We are also going to spend a little time feathering for mackerel to use as fresh bait.) For tackle keep it simple a running leger with short, 60 lbs trace is as good as anything. However, if the reefs end up not being productive, Alan has suggested moving to try some of the inshore wrecks. We will see on the day. Places are limited so you will need to book in advance. Please phone me on 07704 602180 or 01803 863279 as soon as possible please since time is limited.
Friday, 19th May 2023 Time: 4.00 pm 8.30 pm Venue: Steamer Quay Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 7.03 pm Height: 4.8 m.
Mullet and bass have started to show in the river, with this being a cracking tide to see if they are around. You could go for freshwater float tackle, targeting the mullet with bread, or try for them with running leger, ragworms and a long trace. If you want to try for the bass - and this is often the time of the year when some bigger ones show further up the river - then I think that it would be nice to flatten the barbs on your hooks so that juveniles can be released as painlessly as possible. Ragworms and light rods will be ideal for this.
Sunday, 28th May 2023 Time: 10.30 am 2.30 pm Venue: Freshwater Quarry Car Park, Brixham Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 12.54 pm Height: 3.6 m. Training Focus: Species Hunt
Not a spot we have often scheduled in but it can be good for mackerel on float if they are around and it has a lot of mini species for anyone interested in the species hunt. There are also some nice wrasse, including some that are well over the club record for the species. Michael, Rhiannon and I have been having good fun fishing for them with poles, catching several over two pounds, and, if anyone wants to try out this method, just let me know and I will along a pole for you to borrow.
Saturday, 3rd June 2023 Time: 4.00 pm 8.30 pm Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 6.38 pm Height: 4.6 m.
Mackerel should be around but resident species, like various wrasse, will definitely be around. Hopefully a few scad will be starting to appear and, if we are lucky, at this point in the day there should be a chance of cuckoo wrasse and possibly a bass or two.
Sunday 11th June 2023 Time: 8.30 am 4.30 pm Venue: Pick up at Kingswear Event: Boat trip - Reef fishing - for adults and juniors High Tide: 4.23 pm Height: 4.0 m.
At the moment, I am working on the theory that the plaice around the Skerries might still be small so we are going to continue to rest the plaice trips until some larger fish start to show. (If they do appear before the trip, I might review this but I am still more inclined to have a go for bigger fish anyway. Well see what people think and make a decision after consultation.) Instead, with this being a small tide - perfect for the reefs - we are going to have a go for some bigger fish, like bull huss etc. Cost of the trip will be £50 as long as we get a minimum of 7 people going. You will need to bring along your own squid, mackerel, blueys etc, depending on what you fancy trying out. (We are also going to spend a little time feathering for mackerel to use as fresh bait but frozen is a good backup, just in case.) For tackle keep it simple a running leger with short, 60 lbs trace is as good as anything. However, if the reefs end up not being productive, Alan has suggested moving to try some of the inshore wrecks. We will see on the day. Places are limited so you will need to book in advance. Please phone me on 07704 602180 or 01803 863279 as soon as possible please since time is limited.
Further Boat trips - 23rd July 2023 - 13th August 2023 - 24th September 2023
Woodlands Leisure Park Camping Weekend