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The Teign is a blast from my past. It used to be known for its record breaking flounders and I spent many an hour standing on its shores hoping for a big one. I haven’t fished this venue since I was a teenager and then never from a kayak. The last time I fished it was next to Coombe Cellars on a freezing February stood up to my knees in mud hoping against hope for a flounder. These days in similar conditions I’d be sat in Coombe Cellars with a pint watching the idiot fishing out of the window.

Today was a different story. I only had a couple of hours to spare so was looking for an easy launch.



And they don’t get much easier than that. To start with there was a lot of fog so I just tied off to a buoy and dropped down some worms. I soon remembered another problem with fishing here – the vast numbers of bait robbing crabs. They were all over the bait within seconds of it hitting bottom. Luckily the fog soon cleared and I paddled downstream to Coombe Cellars intending to drift slowly back to Shaldon with the outgoing tide.





Nothing much was happening except for catching the odd mussel and crab. Just as I was giving up hole I had a bite and the first flounder was on board. No record breaker but a welcome catch.





This was immediately followed by a smaller one. Then the rest of the drift back to the bridge was uneventful but the target was achieved.

An easy landing and then the three hour drive home…

 

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Thats a well timed report, thanks. Im going there this week and was wondering whats about at the moment. After your report I will probably put some pop up beads on my rig to keep those pesky crabs off.
Good to see you had a couple, thats probably going to be two more than me!
 
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