Black bream high in numbers off Lyme Bay wrecks at Torbay Festival
Despite a weather mix across the nine days of the 44th Borough of Torbay Sea Angling Festival, over 400 fish of numerous species kept weigh-masters busy at the four recording stations.
A surprise was the number of black bream caught at the wrecks in Lyme Bay, from where a superb specimen of 5lb 15oz 4drm caught in the opening hours of the competition by Brixham's Doug Mosedale withstood a high level of challenge.
It will be declared the overall best fish when the festival committee meets for the usual scrutiny process of catches. Mosedale won the Festival in 1992 with a shore-caught thornback ray of 13lb 13oz.
The best fish from wreck is therefore a ling of 26lb 9oz by Adam Campodonic also from a Lyme Bay mark. The inshore boat category (excluding wreck) goes to Chris Martin for a thornback ray of 14lb 13oz 2drm. The best shore-caught specimen was a Teign flounder of 2lb 13oz 13drm, a very good fish so early in the flattie season.
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Sally Hoult is the winner of the ladies' section for a bull huss of 14lb 7oz 11drm and the junior category was won by Maitland Criddle, with a Lyme Bay bream of 4 lb 5oz 8drm.
Kingsbridge and District Sea Angling Club are staging an open competition with a first prize of £125 at Hallsands and Beesands beaches on Sunday, October 14.
Fishing is from 1pm to 6pm and the sign-on point is the Beesands slipway from 11am. It is being fished under South West Federation of Sea Anglers rules.
An excellent coalfish of 24lb 1oz was the surprise catch for Duncan Lilburn at an offshore wreck fished from Chris Roberts' Anglo-Dawn III out of Salcombe. Once a very prolific species in the waters of the South West, it is now comparatively rare and this is most certainly the biggest recorded in at least a decade.
South West Lake Trust's Trout Fisheries have given value-for-money sport. At Kennick, rod averages were between two and three, and the best fish out was a rainbow of 5lb from the bank on a fritz damsel.
Siblyback provided a rod average of 3.6, and here a beautiful 3lb 4oz blue trout led catches.
Best out of Wimbleball, where the average was a high 4.4, was a rainbow of 5lb 9oz in a bag that included three brownies all over 2lbs to yellow and red dabblers. Heaviest from the boats was a fish of 5lb 5oz.