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Hi all, the missus and I are heading down to the area mid May (15-18th), having never fished the Cornwall/Devon coastline I could much do with some local advice.

Want to do a bit of spinning/float fishing for mack, bass, pollack etc to give us a few for the pot and also to keep her entertained but also really want to get into some ledgering for rays, Huss, wrasse, conger etc, species not so prolific around Sussex way.

Oh and the dates im going fall on a set of spring tides also.

Cheers in advance for any advice

Ben
 

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Any help or advice would be much appreciated, any at all

Cheers

Ben
Hi Ben

You should be able to get most of your target species in your chosen area with the possible exception of ray.

It really is a great area to explore with lots of potential. There are quite a few marks between the areas you mentioned. If you want to do some research type in the following: Sandymouth, Crooklets, Widemouth Bay, Strangles, Millock, Duckpool, Crackington Haven, Queens Head, Barras Head, Bude breakwater.

I am happy to offer you advice on tides, bait, tackle, times to fish etc but you need to narrow the venues down. Generally, ledgering the beaches at night for bass, ledgering rock marks at night for huss, conger etc. Ledgering the rocks during the day for wrasse, float fishing for mackerel, garfish pollack, spinning and plugging for the above plus bass and wrasse.

If you message me just before you leave I can update you on what聮s being caught and where.

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Hi Ben

You should be able to get most of your target species in your chosen area with the possible exception of ray.

It really is a great area to explore with lots of potential. There are quite a few marks between the areas you mentioned. If you want to do some research type in the following: Sandymouth, Crooklets, Widemouth Bay, Strangles, Millock, Duckpool, Crackington Haven, Queens Head, Barras Head, Bude breakwater.

I am happy to offer you advice on tides, bait, tackle, times to fish etc but you need to narrow the venues down. Generally, ledgering the beaches at night for bass, ledgering rock marks at night for huss, conger etc. Ledgering the rocks during the day for wrasse, float fishing for mackerel, garfish pollack, spinning and plugging for the above plus bass and wrasse.

If you message me just before you leave I can update you on what聮s being caught and where.

Cheers N
Very good reply. That's often the problem when someone asks where to fish on a large stretch of coast. There's so many marks, where do you start?
It's not generally a matter of secrecy - most marks are fairly well known (apart from the odd one or two we keep to ourselves, lol!) but if you started typing up a list of different spots and how to fish em on a five mile stretch of coast, you'd still be there at midnight!

As said, if people can give a fair idea of what they want to do and where they want to go, it's easier to give specific advice.
I don't know about others, but quite often when I see some of the more open-ended requests, I dont reply simply because I just dont know where to begin, without writing half a fishing book in the process!

Re the OP's query - not really my patch, but I always understood the Bude surf beaches such as Widemouth fished well for small eyed ray after dark, and around low water?
Never fished em, but that's the general impression I've had from previous info on here and elsewhere...
 

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Good to hear you had a great time. Wrasse fishing is always fun!

How come the boat was cancelled? It was millpond weather off North Devon on Saturday - I was kicking myself I didn't take the boat out, but couldn't face an early start after a long week.
 

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I agree, many people I know don't fish for them because they're not quite palatable but the fight they give is incredible.

The 4 hour bottom trip was cancelled because there was only me and me lady booked to go out ! Had there of been 2 more people the skipper said he would have cracked on.

Didn't really fancy paying to go on a 2 hour macky bash from the boat instead when I could easily do that from the shore so i opted for a bit of rock hopping which is what i originally I came for anyway
 

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I agree, many people I know don't fish for them because they're not quite palatable but the fight they give is incredible.

The 4 hour bottom trip was cancelled because there was only me and me lady booked to go out ! Had there of been 2 more people the skipper said he would have cracked on.

Didn't really fancy paying to go on a 2 hour macky bash from the boat instead when I could easily do that from the shore so i opted for a bit of rock hopping which is what i originally I came for anyway
Oh I see - yes could hardly expect him to go out with just two!
Surprised it was so quiet but I suppose everyone was at the beaches etc.
I know some eat wrasse, but never tried them - they're good fun for a few hours though!
 
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