Bull Huss – the daddy of all Dogfish.

October out on the Bristol Channel and it’s all beginning to feel considerably more autumnal now. Sunshine or not, the stiff north easterly breezy today was pretty chilly.

Mike and myself fished our usual brace of uptide rods each, and with a smallish tide we were able to head out to deeper water from the off without having to hang around inshore waiting for the tide to ease.

Mike picked up a good smoothhound on the first cast, whilst true to form I pulled in a dogfish. We had steady action throughout the day, with conger eels being around in significant numbers.

I had 8+ congers, some of them a decent size too, along with another 3 or 4 that I lost (usually as the result of being bitten off – despite the 80lb mono traces). I also landed a small tope although only about dogfish size, along with a few proper doggies and a couple of Bull Huss – the biggest being a pleasing 12lb.

Mike had congers and dogfish before finished off the trip with his 2nd smoothhound of the day weighing in at just shy of 14lb. Quite a fun day all in all. Most of my fish came to whole calamari, whereas Mike’s hounds were all needless to say on crab.

Only one more trip left now for this year then it’s our winter break from the boat fishing before recommencing in the spring. Maybe November’s trip will see a cod or two, you never know!

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Rays at Minehead

Fishing out of Minehead – 20 September. Glorious weather. One of those rare days in the Bristol Channel where it was flat calm with no wind. Lovely fishing conditions.

Mike & myself were both uptiding with 2 rods each as usual. We started out on the sand some way off of Whitemark and were into fish straight away. Catching steadily we stayed where we were for most of the day rather than moving out, further off as the tide dropped.

No smoothhounds around but a fantastic day of catching rays. I had a Blonde Ray (12.5lb) as well asĀ 7 Small-eyed (biggest 11.5lb), 2 congers (25-30lb) and the usual horde of dogfish. Most of the rays came to sandeel whereas the congers were on whole large squid. Whilst I was busy with one of the congers, Mike even had a nice small-eyed ray on my other rod. Glad he was stood near it at the time as it was in danger of being pulled over the side of the boat.!

Using his own rods, Mike had a conger, a nice thornback ray a further small-eyed ray plus the dreaded doggies. Nice weather and plentiful fish. Perfect!

Minehead ray comparison