This season has not started very well, mainly due to the high winds which has affected our normal highly productive offshore marks from being fished on a regular basis. The inshore marks have had very little to offer other than a large number of Ling, and the Plaice on the Shambles have been difficult to obtain in any good size or quantities. A few Turbot have been showing recently on the Shambles and there are an increasing number of Bass showing in the in the race. Black Bream are also showing but not in any worthwhile quantities yet.When we are able to fish the distant offshore wrecks there seems to be plenty of good sized Pollack but very few Cod showing.The Channel Isles have produced some very good numbers of quality Turbot, Brill and Bass, but the Tope fishing has been exceptional with many fish being around the 50lb mark.
Stephen Williams of Merthyr Tydfil with one of the many fine Tope of nearly 50lbs caught just off Speedy Rock in the Channel Isles