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Fishing in Plymouth 


Places to fish. Fishing co-ordinates on the South and South West Coast below.

Plymouth is a good plaice to fish. Pick up a rod and you'll soon be a Dab hand at it.

Seriously though, did you know that the current Rod Caught Shore World Record Conger Eel of 68lbs 8oz was captured by Martin Larkins fishing from Devil's Point, Plymouth, Devon, UK in 1991.
In July 2008 Rob Yorke landed a 43lb conger eel from the River Tamar. So if your into conger fishing the no finer place to come is Plymouth. However there are plenty of other species to be caught in these waters.

Inshore fishing is possible along the waterfront from the Elpinstone Quay car park by the Barbican up to the Waterfront at Stonehouse. Beyond that it becomes the River Tamar. A great days fishing can be had from the rocks just below the Hoe and one big advantage is that you are near the Barbican and the pubs and restaurants in case you get a bit thirsty or hungry.

A starfish sitting on Ben's shoulder
 

'Star' Catch of the day

From the shore there are Mackerel, Pollack, Bass, Mullet, whiting and many more species to be caught. You'll also find wrasse in some of the rocky parts. You may also catch the occasional Ling from the shore. This fish is the largest and most prolific member of the cod family and is normally caught by the boat angler. I think I caught one in Cawsand Bay but guess what - it got away!! Bass  cannot be caught from a boat in the inner part of the sound from an imaginary line from Mount Batten Pier across to and beyond Drakes Island. This includes the River Tamar. It's a designated Bass nursery area. You can catch Bass all around Plymouth, in the Sound, the Plym or up the Tamar! It is a bit hit and miss though but you could try, Mountbatten Pier, Elphinstone Quay, West Hoe Pier, North Corner, Saltash Pier all of these Marks are accessible and easy to fish. Whitsand bay is a good place for Bass when the tide is running. You can also catch surfers here!!!

The best and most underated mark in Plymouth Sound is Mount Batten Breakwater. From there you can catch, Mackerel, Garfish, Mullet, Pollack, Conger, Bass, Wrasse, Thornback Ray and Dogfish. Float fish live sandeels  for the Mackerel, Garfish and Pollack, ledger live Prawn. Float or ledger bread on the Plymouth facing side for the mullet.

For those who want to venture further by boat then try some of these websites.

The Following Boats with skipper are available for hire.
C Cheeta  - http://www.plymouthdeepseaangling.co.uk/
Furious - http://www.deepsea.co.uk/boats/furious/
Fish'n'Trips  - http://www.fishntrips.com/
Mirage - http://www.plymouthcharterboats.co.uk/mirage.htm
Sea Angler II  - http://www.plymouthseaangling.co.uk/
Secret Star Charters- http://www.plymouthseaangling.co.uk/Secret%20Star/Secret%20Star.htm
Size Matters - http://www.deepsea.co.uk/boats/sizematters/

Fresh Water Fishing

Now a good day out is to go to Buckland Abbey first thing in the morning. Buckland Abbey belongs to the National Trust and really is a very interesting place to go. For the afternoon how about a bit of fishing. Upon leaving Buckland Abbey turn left upon exiting. Along this road you will find Coombe Fisheries.

Coombe Fisheries

There are two 1acre lakes set in a beautiful valley with an abundance of wildlife. The top lake has Tench, Roach, Rudd and Ghost Carp that are now getting into double figures. The bottom lake has a few silver fish but is mainly for specimen carp up to 28lbs being 15" deep in places. There is lakeside parking, no close season and is open from dusk till dawn. Night fishing is by arrangement.

Charges are £5.00 per day or £3.50 for the evening. (After 5pm). To find Coombe fisheries leave the A386 at Yelverton and follow the signs for Buckland Abbey (Miltoncoombe). On reaching the Abbey entrance, on your right, keep going staright on for a further 50 yards and the fisheries is on the left. You can park in the stable or drive down to the lakes. Payment can be made in the red letter box. Barbless hooks only can be used and no paenuts or pulses.

Tel: 01822 855585 (evenings) 01822 616624 (daytime) 078 999 584 93 (mobile) Email: schorn@tiscali.co.uk

Being a secluded valley mobiles are not reliable by the lakeside but will generally work at the top car park. A shuttle bus operates from Yelveton and stops near the fishery entrance.

            Fishing Co-ordinates  on the South and South West Coast

   
1.    Keone 50 07.066 N 005 01.939 W
2.    Mohegan 50 02.707 N 005 02.568 W
3.    Raglan Rock 50 02.632 N 005 02.510 W
4.    Vase Rock 50 02.860 N 005 02.250 W
5.    Volnay 50 04.250 N 005 04.030 W
6.    Australbush 50 12.200 N 004 05.250 W 45
7.    East Rutts 50 13.400 N 003 58.800 W
8.    Eddystone 50 10.966 N 004 16.385 W 30
9.    Eddystone - Big Mammary 50 11.700 N 004 15.950 W 30
10.    Eddystone - Little Mammary 50 11.330 N 004 15.610 W 30
11.    Eddystone - SE drop off 50 10.759 N 004 15.749 W 30
12.    Elk Dropoff 50 17.800 N 004 10.600 W 30
13.    Frau Metta Catharina von Flensburg 50 21.100 N 004 09.770 W 34 No 028 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
14.    Glen Strathallan 50 18.933 N 004 07.617 W 20
15.    Hand Deeps 50 12.598 N 004 20.405 W 30
16.    Hand Deeps - North pinnacle drop off 50 12.586 N 004 20.391 W 30
17.    Hat Rock 50 10.500 N 004 29.200 W 30
18.    Hilsea Point Rocks 50 17.250 N 004 02.750 W
19.    HMS Abelard 50 19.883 N 004 08.450 W 15
20.    HMS Elk 50 18.400 N 004 10.200 W 27 No 072 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
21.    HMS Foyle 50 16.700 N 004 10.800 W 46 No 064 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
22.    HMS Untiring 50 12.750 N 004 00.600 W
23.    James Eagan Layne 50 19.602 N 004 14.703 W 20 No 012 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
24.    Jebba 50 14.194 N 003 51.788 W
25.    Jo's Mug 50 16.429 N 004 01.995 W 44
26.    Louis Shied 50 15.658 N 003.51.831 W
27.    Maine 50 12.750 N 003 50.883 W 37 No 007 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
28.    Medoc 50 15.120 N 004 14.180 W 50
29.    Oregon 50 14.670 N 003 56.340 W 30
30.    Persier 50 17.000 N 003 58.150 W 28 No 055 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
31.    Poulmic 50 19.083 N 004 09.633 W 20
32.    Riversdale 50 11.733 N 003 44.067 W 41 No 039 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
33.    Skaala 50 11.732 N 003 49.661 W 43 No 066 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
34.    SS Rosehill 50 19.667 N 004 18.417 W 30
35.    Stanhope 50 11.150 N 004 08.350 W
36.    Three Pinnacles 50 13.900 N 003 54.000 W
37.    Totnes Castle 50 15.333 N 003 58.733 W 40
38.    West Rutts 50 13.600 N 004 05.400 W
39.    HMS Scylla 50 ?? N 004 ?? W
40.    Ailsa Craig 50 33.970 N 002 47.250 W 7
41.    Anworth 50 31.580 N 002 33.700 W 40
42.    Avalanche 50 26.560 N 002 50.650 W 52 No 020 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
43.    Baygitano 50 41.800 N 002 56.050 W 18
44.    Bittern/Hazzard 50 33.670 N 002 37.400 W 33
45.    Bournemouth 50 31.000 N 002 36.100 W 10
46.    Buccaneer 50 29.230 N 002 41.650 W 44
47.    Empress Of India 50 29.690 N 002 57.700 W 31 No 062 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
48.    Frognor 50 32.000 N 002 32.970 W 34
49.    Gilbel Hamam 50 35.870 N 002 53.200 W 31
50.    HMS Boadicea 50 26.000 N 002 34.000 W 54
51.    HMS Landrail 50 33.740 N 002 37.510 W 34
52.    LST507 50 27.150 N 002 43.550 W 50 No 029 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
53.    M2 Submarine 50 35.033 N 002 34.650 W 35 No 050 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
54.    Medina 50 12.420 N 003 32.180 W 60 No 014 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
55.    Merchant Royal 50 20.050 N 002 29.680 W 57
56.    Moidart 50 34.000 N 002 47.333 W 42
57.    P-555 50 31.922 N 002 33.479 W 43 No 031 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
58.    Pomeranian 50 33.950 N 002 41.550 W 33 No 025 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
59.    Rotorua 50 18.470 N 002 59.730 W 55 No 011 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
60.    Salsette 50 29.670 N 002 43.070 W 46 No 001 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
61.    Sidon 50 33.600 N 002 38.716 W 34
62.    St Dunstan 50 38.270 N 002 41.930 W 27
63.    UB-74 50 31.800 N 002 33.180 W 34
64.    A3 Submarine 50 31.410 N 002 11.250 W 40
65.    Aeolian Sky 50 30.923 N 002 08.701 W 36 No 036 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
66.    Axel Van Opstel 50 32.430 N 002 15.990 W 29
67.    Binnendijk 50 32.116 N 002 20.000 W 23
68.    Black Hawk 50 36.680 N 002 12.430 W 12 No 033 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
69.    British Inventor 50 35.520 N 002 18.480 W 21
70.    Countess Of Erne 50 35.183 N 002 25.133 W 13
71.    Dredger 50 35.580 N 002 25.133 W 0
72.    Elenor R. 50 30.180 N 002 20.630 W 20
73.    Ethel 50 28.616 N 002 21.450 W 36
74.    Gertrude 50 32.766 N 002 27.000 W 10
75.    Halsewell 50 35.100 N 002 01.750 W 7
76.    HMS Hood 50 34.080 N 002 25.120 W 20 No 032 in Divernet Top 100 Dives
77.    Iolanthe 50 27.630 N 002 07.980 W 35
78.    James Fennel 50 32.650 N 002 27.300 W 18
79.    Landing Craft 50 35.583 N 002 25.866 W 14
80.    M Barmston 50 32.100 N 002 27.050 W 16
81.    Minerve 50 31.016 N 002 27.100 W 10
82.    Safari Submarine 50 25.340 N 002 02.540 W 43
83.    Stella 49 43.116 N 002 23.450 W 55

 

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