SEA FISHERMANS DIARY

The following is a helpful guide to what the sea angler can expect to catch along the shores of North Devon and Cornwall, throughout the year.

JANUARY

  • Deep Water Rocks and Marks: Codling, whiting, dabs, conger, dogfish, coalfish and odd small eyed ray.
  • Beaches: Some areas will produce codling and whiting, but mainly small coalfish, conger and bass.
  • Boat: If you do manage to get out! Cod, coalfish, conger, ling and pollack.

FEBRUARY

  • Rocks, Marks and Beaches: Not a good month! Pretty much the same species as January but, usually, far less and smaller!
  • Boat: Once again, if you do manage to get out, cod, coalfish, conger, ling and pollack

MARCH

  • Deep Water Rocks and Marks: Early plaice, wrasse, codling, conger and dogfish.
  • Beaches: School bass, odd coalfish, conger and occasional flounder and mullet.
  • Boat: And, once again, if you do manage to get out, cod, coalfish, conger, ling and pollack

APRIL

  • Deep Water Rocks and Marks: Usually the first appearance of the mackerel and whiting shoals, pollack, wrasse, dogfish, conger, plaice, small eyed and spotted rays, turbot and gurnards.
  • Beaches: School bass, with odd bigger bass, dogfish, conger, plaice, whiting and flounder.
  • Boat: The first showings of some decent bass, a very slight opportunity of a porbeagle and an early turbot. Plus, cod, coalfish, conger, ling, wrasse and pollack

MAY & JUNE

  • Rocks, Marks and Beaches The fish start to show in numbers from here. Mainly the same species as in April, although some bigger specimens, especially the bass. You can also look forward to the first signs of bull huss and, around late June, the garfish will also be coming in.
  • Boat: First of the bream, plus bass, coalfish, cod, conger, plaice, bull huss, ling, pollack, wrasse, gurnard, turbot, tope, porbeagle and the first of the blue shark.

JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

  • Prolific months ahead. The fish really showing from here!
  • Deep Water Rocks and Marks: Loads of mackerel, garfish and pollack, plus small eyed and spotted rays, whiting, turbot, gurnards, plaice, dogfish, bull huss, wrasse, conger, mullet and the odd triggerfish!
  • Beaches: Plenty of bass, with some large specimens taken at this time, turbot, small eyed rays, dogfish, conger, whiting, bull huss, plaice and flounder. Plus, the very odd smoothhound.
  • Estuaries: Worth a look at this time of year. You should find plenty of school bass, with the odd bigger specimen, plus, small flounder.
  • Boat: Bream, bass, coalfish, cod, conger, plaice, bull huss, wrasse, ling, pollack, rays, gurnard, turbot, tope, porbeagle and blue shark

OCTOBER

  • Deep Water Rocks and Marks: Late mackerel and garfish, plus, pollack, small eyed and spotted rays, turbot, gurnards, plaice, dogfish, bull huss, wrasse and conger. The codling will also be beginning to make an appearance at this time.
  • Beaches: Some excellent bass to be caught, plus, dogfish, conger, bull huss and the odd ray.
  • Estuaries: Very good flounder fishing and plenty of school bass.
  • Boat: Last of the summer species – bream, plaice, turbot, tope, porbeagle and blue shark, but still to be caught, bass, coalfish, cod, conger, bull huss, ling, pollack, rays, wrasse and gurnard.

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

  • Deep Water Rocks and Marks: The last of the summer species early November. Some excellent cod and whiting to be caught, plus, dogfish, bull huss, dabs, conger and rays.
  • Beaches: School bass, coalfish, conger, bull huss and dogfish.
  • Estuaries: Very good flounders.
  • Boat: If you do manage to get out! Cod, coalfish, conger, ling and pollack.