North Devon 8-16th Aug 2009

August 16, 2009 | By | Reply More

Just got back from family holiday in North Devon – did get a few trips in – but was always limited for time – an hour here or there was never really enough – but I will be back !

Started at Woolacombe (Barricane) – great spot – especially for the mini-X (you have to trolley quite a long way to get there).

It’s a great little beach and launch is easy around high water, even if surf on the main beach is too much.

Caught some really decent sized prawns

So thought I would pop out for an hour – a couple on a tandem had a really nice bass of about 6lbs on a spinner, I managed a bass, a gurnard and some mackerel (which were really difficult to find) …

Next outing, decided to head for Morte stone – not for the feint hearted – this rock is completely covered at high tide, and the tide p*sses through even on small tides

Got to within 30 metres or so of the rock, but that was as close as I wanted to get – even on a calm day like this, there was the odd big swell.

Got a really good view round to Bull point…

The reefs are very shallow all around here – even 100 yards out, the thick kelp could be clearly seen swinging to and fro only a few feet beneath the yak in the clear water. I had seen some really large bass jumping, so decided to give the J13 a go…

Had one massive take which I somehow missed and that was that !

Next outing was to Baggy Point (I have fished this loads of times from the shore – it is one of my favourites – so I was really looking forward to this one)

However – I was only allowed out for 1.5 hours which meant I only got about 30 mins fishing (if that !).

Tied up to a pot bouy about 100 feet from where I wanted to be.

Great view back to Puts…

Had some great bait too…

Caught a few mackerel, but had the feeling that if I had stayed longer (or fished a better state of tide) I would definitely have bagged up.

Last trip was to Coombe Martin – You may have already read about this one, so I will keep it brief. Phoned Adamsi and met up in the evening – fished a mark I have shore fished and done well in the past.

Some great pictures of Adam…

Caught a doggie and spider crab…

Then an octopus – I kid you not – this thing went straight for the scupper hole before I could do anything to stop it – don’t know how it knew. I promise that this is a picture of it escaping through the bottom of the kayak…

Then the trigger fish

Also did some non kayak fishing – including a memorable evening with my son where we went back to basics and must have caught 8 or 9 decent carp just freelining bread – exciting stuff.

The mini-X was flawless – and got to try it out in the surf one day – really went well in 4 foot surf.

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Category: Coombe Martin, Fishing, Fishing Venues, Kayak Fishing, Putsborough, Woolacombe

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