North Devon report by Wayne Thomas
Summer seems to have arrived on time as we head into June with blue skies and calm seas. This follows on from a Spring that was split into two halves, cold and dry in the first half and cool and wet in the second. This did little to bring anglers to the shoreline where dogfish were showing in plague proportions.
Calmer weather at the end of May encouraged some North Devon anglers to head up to the Somerset coast where some specimen ray and big smoothound put good bends in their rods.
A few bass were tempted by lure anglers but numbers are down on previous seasons. Liam Loveday fished a North Devon surf beach to land a superb bass of 13lb that was tempted during broad daylight on peeler crab.
Bull huss and smoothound have been showing from rock marks in North Devon and North Somerset with several double figure specimens.
Grey mullet have been tempted from harbours along the coast with fish to just over three pound landed so far.
The heavy rain experienced during late May seems to have pushed the thin-lipped mullet out of the estuary. Dan Spearman was targeting thin lipped mullet when a 5lb 4oz bass seized his baited spinner giving an epic scrap on light tackle.
Boat anglers have been catching good numbers of bull huss off Ilfracombe. The first tope of the season have been caught from grounds close to Lundy with fish to thirty pounds giving good sport.
Drifting with lures and baited feathers has brought pollock and colourful cuckoo wrasse. Mackerel have been very scarce which is concerning as we go into June a time that would historically see good numbers of these traditional fish of the summer months. Let’s hope that they arrive later.