Sea Fishing 2017This year we were lucky enough to have two days offshore fishing on the charter boat before the weather closed in forcing us to stay inshore. Our first day was spent on the drift chasing pollock and whiting for the sporting element and so that students would have some prime fillets to take home. Taking fillets of Devon Baits mackerel and halving them lengthways and offering them on long traces as we passed over the wrecks proved a great tactic for luring hard fighting pollock. Unwashed squid and strips of bluey were dropped beside the wrecks to tempt the whiting and were irresistible! Day one finished with all students taking home a good haul of pollock and whiting with a few large mackerel each on the way back to port.
On day two we decided to mix things up a bit and try fishing at anchor for conger and ling. All students tussled with dozens of scrappy conger up to 30lb from the reef and several ling were caught too. Our journey home was interrupted by a pod of dolphins playing on the surface too. Day three saw the weather close in and conditions were far from perfect. Being stuck inside the sound and estuary at this time of year is not ideal but with a range of baits and the willingness to stick it out you can find some decent rewards.
This year saw days four and five at Tavistock Trout farm and we were invited onto a heavily stocked pond and everyone managed to find a trout to take home. A huge thanks to all the students whose behaviour was excellent and everyone learned a new skill or two, special mention must go out to Lewis Richardson who throughout the week was on hand to help others and offer advice.