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Baywater Anglers – July 2024 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. For any new members, if you wish to borrow tackle for an event, please let me know at least two days before the event starts.
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   Just a reminder that our new club year started on the 1st January so club subs were due then. I hope that you enjoyed your year with the club and would like to join again and, if you would like to, would be grateful if you could please get them in to the club as soon as possible. However, if you do choose not to renew, you will be missed! Please note, the exception to the paying of subscription fees is if you joined the club between October and December, 2023. If you did, then you will get deferred membership with no further subs due until January 2025.
 
   For reference: People can pay subscriptions into the club account directly by BACS transfer. Name of (Lloyds Bank) Account = Baywater Anglers, Sort Code = 30-98-69, Account Number = 00640499. If you do, could you also please email me so that I can put the subscription on the club accounts.
 
   In regard to events, if the weather looks dodgy and an event looks in danger of being cancelled then you can phone me on my mobile number – 07704 602180 – beforehand to confirm.
 
Personal Request:
Over the next few months, it is my hope to film some more fishing videos. If anyone from the club would like to be involved in that, please let me know. Your help would be much appreciated.

Saturday, 29th June 2024 Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 12.38 pm Height: 4.1 m.
   There have been a few mackerel starting to show around the bay – Slapton Sands and Goodrington for a start - so mackerel should start to appear on float at the Breakwater. Pouting, ballan and cuckoo wrasse should also show, especially on bottom-fished ragworms. For bait on the float, I would stick to mackerel but there should also be a chance of some interesting species on LRF gear.

Friday, 5th July 2024 to Sunday, 7th July 2024 - Woodlands Camping Weekend. (Still open to booking.)
   I have booked a camping weekend at Woodlands Leisure Park on Friday, 5th July 2024 to Sunday, 7th July 2024 in the hope that there will be enough people interested to make it viable. (Your friends are most welcome – the more the merrier.) 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. Many of the prizes for the bingo were donated by myself and Julie, bless her, before she passed away, while extra raffle prizes were often given by other campers on the day, especially Lisa and Geoff - thank you both. These extra prizes are always gratefully received, especially this year when my own funds are rather more limited than I had hoped. I will buy what I can but I would be grateful for any help in this regard.
 The cost will be £100.00 per unit (family of four) for the whole weekend, which is excellent value for money and the same price as last year. 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, even this late, Woodlands have said that they will accept additional bookings right up to Thursday 4th July. If you would like to come, could you please let me have the funds as soon as possible.
 
Considering that a single day’s entrance into the park for a family of 4, if pre-booked online, is £75.24, this is really good value for money.

Sunday 14th July 2024 Time: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Venue: Pick up at Kingswear Event: Boat trip - Reef fishing - for adults and juniors High Tide: 12.15 pm Height: 3.8 m. (1 place left)
At the moment, I am working on the theory that black bream should have started to show. With this being a small tide - perfect for the reefs - we are going to have a go for both the bream and some bigger fish, like bull huss, smoothhounds etc. You will need to bring along your own ragworms, peeler crabs, 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 for bull huss or paternoster tackle for the bream. However, if the reefs end up not being productive, Alan has suggested moving to try some of the inshore wrecks, for which we will all chip in an extra fiver. (We will see on the day.) Could people who want to try for the bream also please bring along a bag of cooked white rice, which has the reputation of attracting and holding the bream.

Weekend ending Sunday 21st July, 2024 – Sorry but there will be no club event this weekend. I am meeting with officials from the Angling Trust to discuss various issues including new courses and the closure of Berry Head to anglers, about which I have already made representations to, and been in discussion with, Torbay Council.

Sunday, 28th July, 2024 Time: 9.00 am – 2.00 p.m. Venue: Stoke Gabriel Mill Pond Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 12.07 p.m. Height: 4.2 m. Teaching Focus: Fishing for Mullet
   This will be a good chance to introduce people to spinning for thin-lipped grey mullet or even float fishing for thick lips. It should have lots of fish to go for. Bread, the freshest white loaf available, ragworms and spinning or light float gear should carry the day and it will be good to give people the chance to get in amongst some bigger fish. The diagram below shows how to make one of the spinners with most of the components being available at Brixham Bait and Tackle or available online from Spintec.
2024 Handbook - Link to Online Version
Sunday, 4th August 2024 Time: 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm Venue: Slapton Sands Event: Shore Fishing for Larger Species High Tide: 7.12 pm Height: 4.6 m.
There have been a few smoothhounds turning up at Slapton, with a number of other species turning up too, including the regulars pout and dogfish. Peeler crabs or ragworms both good baits for the time of year but, if you can’t get hold of them, then it might not be a bad idea popping out a couple of hooks baited with mackerel, sandeels or squid strip just to see what else comes up. For tackle, at this time, I would probably stick to a couple of bottom rods with an up and over leger and a biggish bait on one and a double paternoster with smaller baits on the other.

Sunday 11th August 2024 Time: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Venue: Pick up at Kingswear Event: Boat trip - Reef fishing - for adults and juniors High Tide: 10.49 am Height: 4.1 m. (7 places left)
With this being a small tide - perfect for the reefs - we are going to have a go for both the bream and some bigger fish, like bull huss, smoothhounds etc. You will need to bring along your own ragworms, peeler crabs, 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 for bull huss or paternoster tackle for the bream. However, if the reefs end up not being productive, Alan has suggested moving to try some of the inshore wrecks, for which we will all chip in an extra fiver. (We will see on the day.) Could people who want to try for the bream also please bring along a bag of cooked white rice, which has the reputation of attracting and holding the bream.

Friday, 16th August 2024 Time: 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm Venue: Oxen Cove and Freshwater Car Parks, Brixham Event: Specimen and Species Hunt Competition High Tide: 4.00 pm Height: 4.0 m.
One rod (or pole), one hook, doing whatever you fancy, be it LRF, float fishing or whatever. Two winners = person with the most species and the person with the best specimen percentage fish. Everyone pays £2 entrance fee. We put back £5 for club funds and the rest of the money is divided equally between the two winners. (In the event that there are less than five entrants, no money will be allocated to the club.) We only had a few people turn up for the first of these events so it would be nice to see more. Could be good fun…
 
Sunday, 25th August 2024 Time: 8.00 am – 2.00 pm Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 10.53 am Height: 4.6 m. Training Focus: Float Tackle
By now, hopefully, there should be good mackerel catches from the Breakwater, along with the chance of a big garfish. Resident species, like various wrasse, will be around and we had several over two pounds weighed in at this time of the year last year. It is also the time of year when we have had a few garfish, along with species like twaite shad, which can be weighed but must be returned alive to the water.
 
Friday, 30th August 2024 Time: 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm Venue: Goodrington Esplanade Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 4.26 pm Height: 4.0 m.
Mackerel should be around but resident species, like various wrasse, will definitely be around. Hopefully a few garfish will be around and pollack should be starting to appear. If we are lucky, at this point in the day, there should be a chance of cuckoo wrasse and possibly a bass or two.
 
Look after yourselves!
Martyn Green