Bristol Channel boat June 2021


Bristol Channel Boat Report by Tom Wright

May could be best described as a steady month. Never was there really a time where the fishing was tearing but throughout a consistent flow of good fish came over the gunwhales of the various charter and private boats.

Immediately around Watchet there have been good numbers of Smoothhounds, numerous conger eels and plenty of thornback rays with a few blondes, spotteds and small eyed rays mixed in.

Blue anchor and Dunster were perhaps a little quieter than the previous month as the number of blonde rays reduced and the dogfish really showed up in force! Offshore over low water continued to produce a good mix of rays, smoothhounds and bullhuss however.

Marks around Minehead produced mixed results where no two days were the same. Some days produced a steady flow of Smoothhounds, all four rays, eels and some nice bull huss. The next day then producing mostly dogfish.

Porlock and beyond has started to feel like and produce fish associated with the summer months. On the smaller tides and with fair weather the water clarity has much improved giving anglers the chance to fish with smaller hooks or drop a set of feathers down. Rockling, small pollock and latterly in the month a few mackerel have shown to accompany the usual Hounds, huss, eels and rays that can be caught in the area. And as the water temperature has continued to rise there have been some nice Tope caught with fish exceeding 40lb’s reported.


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