Paul Hutchings sent me a report on a good day fishing from a boat in the lower estuary. They landed numerous school bass, a codling the highlight of the trip a gilt head bream caught by Andrew McKenna.
The 2018/19 Flounder season is proving to be the best for many years with good numbers of good sized flounder caught. There is the chance of flounder for a couple more weeks and it could be wortbn trying the lower estuary as the fish drop back towards the sea. It is tp be hoped that next season will be an even better one with survivors of this year class returning even bigger next autumn. Flounder fishing on the estuary tends to be cyclical with peak seasons followed by poor seasons with smaller fish.
Richard Chapple and James Griggy enjoyed New Years Day morning down on Taw estuary catching six flounder the biggest flounder caught by Richard Chapple weighing in at 2lb 1 1/2oz (second 2 pound flounder of season for Richard Chapple)
The autumn estuary can provide some fine sport for young anglers with flounder and school bass.
Ian Cairns won Triple Hook Clubs Junior Open Flounder competition with a fine flounder of 1lb 87/8oz. In second place was Roxy Mortimer with a flounder of 1lb 8oz. Joan Cairns won the ladies Open Flounder match with a flattie of 1lb 73/4oz. Christine Hancock was runner up with a flounder of 1lb 31/4oz.
Andrew Conibear took his son Thomas to the Taw estaury where they enjoyed sport with flounder and bass to 5lb 9oz.
Scott Andries, Matt Jeffery and his son Joshua enjoyed a mullet fishing session in the estuary where they all enjoyed success with baited spinners. Joshua landed his first of the species a specimen of 4lb 6oz that stands a good chance of winning a Junior trophy with Combe Martin SAC. Matt Jeffery’s best mullet of the session scaled 4lb 5oz and Scott Andreis’s mullet 3lb 4oz.
Thin lipped grey mullet are giving some superb sport in the Taw and Torridge Estuary with good numbers of mullet tempted on baited Mepp’s style spinners. There is speculation that the recent ban on netting in the estuary has resulted in an upsurge in catches. The settled weather conditions have also played a part I would imagine. John Shapland has banked three thin lipps over four pound in the past month.
(Below) John Shapland with a 4lb 2oz thin lipped grey mullet
(Below) Dan Welch also enjoyed success spinning for mullet landing several during a session with CMSAC member Ross Stanway.