FISHING - FROM MINEHEAD
Minehead is ideally positioned on the West Somerset coast to access some of the best fishing the Bristol channel can offer, with reduced steaming times to get you amongst the action quickly.
During the winter months some of the best cod marks in the area are literally 'on the door step' - there are some great ray and general fishing spots also very close to the harbour which can also be accessed very quickly - so more time fishing and less time steaming.
In the summer months Osprey ventures a little farther to the west to Porlock bay, Lynmouth and beyond to target the myriad species that make the Bristol Channel their home as the water warms up - these can include : Bass, Tope, Smoothound, Huss, Bream,Trigger Fish & Gurnards.
We undertake most fishing methods including down tiding, up-tiding, drifting and wrecking.
Using both up and down tiding methods there is some great sport to be had on the reefs, banks and gulleys in the Bristol Channel - targeting rays (4 species), conger, smoothounds, spurdogs, huss, spudogs and of course dogfish as no trip is complete without some.
Mackerel, herring and squid are always reliable baits for general fishing.
As the waters warms and clears to the west of Minehead the summer species take residence at this end of the channel.
Pollock, bass and tope are the usual quarry all being caught both on the drift and at anchor.
Ragworm & live sandeels are the top baits for bass & pollock with great success being had on artificials as well.
LIGHT LINE FISHING
With the increased popularity of LRF (light rock fishing) during the summer months these tactics have gained pace on boats as well. Utilising light rods and small hooks there are a vast range of species that can be caught tight inshore to the west of Porlock Bay - wrasse, varied goby species, bream, trigger fish, poor cod, pouting, mackerel various gurnard species, garfish and scad to name but a few.
Cod fishing is what this area is best known for during the colder months.
Up-tiding is usually the best method as most of the cod marks are in shallow water. Lugworm and squid are the favourite bait, but ragworm and herring make a good substitute not forgetting peeler crab. Make sure you bring plenty if you want a chance at catching a big 'mud pig'. Spurdogs, whiting and the occasional haddock are also worth targeting at this time of year.
RODS, TACKLE AND BAIT CAN ALL BE ARRANGED PLEASE CONTACT THE SKIPPER FOR DETAILS
FOR WINTER COD FISHING PLEASE BOOK YOUR WORMS IN ADVANCE WITH YOUR USUAL SUPPLIER TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT