Archive for January, 2017

January’s Newsletter 2017

By Richard Saxby


Since the last issue we have had Xmas and New Year so a busy period for most with lots of excesses, hopefully Santa was kind and you all received a new rod or reel.

The winds have been fairly light but weekend tides have been either neaps or springs which are not normally the best out of Burnham, nevertheless some decent fish have still been landed.

Winter fishing is normally all about the cod and whilst there are a fair number around it is the whiting fishing that is much improved on previous years.

15844847_1495245653849720_4967490987092946315_oBy scaling down your hooks slightly there are good numbers to be caught with some exceeding 2lb though mainly in the 12oz to 1lb 8oz bracket.

Two boats made it out on 27th December and steamed down to Watchet where lots of whiting, a few cod, thornies, conger and dogs kept them busy.

The best of the day was a cod of 16lb 1oz for Andy Georgiou and a whiting of 1lb 12oz for Martin Quinn.

The following day three boats made it out and had a little comp amongst themselves.


It’s funny how two days are never the same and the guys that went back down to Watchet had a slower day but the boat that stayed in the bay did ok with Dave Tether landing a whiting of 1lb 15oz and a cod of 6lb to take the kitty.

The first action of 2017 saw seven boats launching, some earlier than others on the 7th of Jan.


It was a foggy start which lifted for a spell allowing the sun to warm us up slightly before the fog dropped back down mid afternoon.

Fishing was a little slow with the neap tide but there were still a few codling, whiting and rays to keep us entertained.

Nigel Devey and his sons ended up in Porlock bay in the quest to find something decent and were rewarded with a spurdog of 15lb for Aaron and a Blonde of 13lb 8 for James.

Sunday 22nd saw 7 boats and 15 anglers try their luck on another very small tide and all found the fishing slow with only 3 codling landed, a few thornies, dogs,congers, and whiting.


Roy Saxby took the pot with his codling of 4lb 10oz and Jeff Clarke had an eel in excess of 20lb.

Hopefully the poor fishing was down to the large number of sprats showing on the sounder as the codling and whiting we caught coughed a few up.

Fish of the month for December was won by Dave Tether with a whiting of 2lb and 94%.

The next competition is the Fred Peters Trophy on Sunday 26th February

Our next club meeting is on Thursday 16th February at Burnham Motor Boat and Sailing Club on the sea front, pop along if you are interested in joining a friendly club.

You can keep up-to date with latest news and catches and all things fishy on our facebook page Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association and our website

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Sunday 22nd January 2017




Six boats launched on Sunday 22nd January for an impromptu cod competition, £5 a head winner takes all.

As it was a short 6 hour session all boats stayed around the Bridgwater Bay area.

Fishing was fairly slow for all, with boats catching, rays, whiting, congers and rays.

Only Four Buoys managed to find any codling on the day catching 3 and dropping another.

Best cod on the day was this 4lbs 10ozs fish caught by Roy Saxby, winning him the kitty of £75.  

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Sunday 8th January 2017





A grand total of 7 boats launched from Burnham on Sunday 8th January, four of them launcing around 5am!

Most of the first wave headed down channel with Ultra White going down as far as Porlock Bay.

Another three boats launched at more sociable hour staying local.



I was fishing on Lucky Strike with Craig Willis and we found whiting, rays and congers on the banks around Hinkley.




The other boats who also stayed local fared much the same as us.


Nigel and his boys were rewarded for their efforts with a fine blonde ray of 13lbs 8ozs for James Devey and a fine spurdog of for Aaron Devey.



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Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th Dec 2016



Sunday 28th December had been arranged as a reserve competition date but, all the trophies had already been fished for.

This wasn’t going to stop some of the boats from  clearing their fuzzy heads after Christmas and a few hardy anglers even decided to have a practice day on the Saturday as well!!

Two boats fished Saturday with Nigel Devey & Martin Quinn on Ultra White and Andy & Anthony Georgiou Obession.

Both boats headed down to Watchet made it out on 27th December and steamed down to Watchet catching loads of whiting, dogfish, congers and a few codling until they finally ran out of bait.



Another good cod of 16lb 1oz for Andy Georgiou whilst Martin Quinn and a whiting of 1lb 12oz.

On the Sunday and 3 boats fished  with Chris Lindsay and Dave Teather on Ultra Mover joining the lads on Obession & Ultra White.

Winner was to be best specimen on the day.

After the fishing they had had the day before both Nigel & Andy headed back down to Watchet.



Chris decided to stay local it seemed he made the right choice as the fishing down Watchet way was much slower than the previous day.

Dave Teather was the winner on the day with this whiting of 1lbs 15ozs, they also had a cod of 6lbs.

Well done for getting out there guys and finding the fish.



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Match Secretary’s Report

Happy new year all.

Just a quick review of the years comps.
We managed to fish 8 competitions throughout the year including all the trophy’s.

Entries increased as the year went on and hopefully will increase a little more this year.

In total 12 boats, 23 members, 9 guests and 1 junior entered at different times.

16 different species were recorded during competitions including a Haddock for Linso.

Thanks to everyone who helps on the day with booking in, weighing and general help to speed things up.

Special mention to Simon and Tracey Stroud for helping with tractor and opening bar at the sailing club afterwards. Not forgetting to mention the roast spuds and sausages!

Hope to see you all again this year,


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