Archive for October, 2017

October’s News Letter 2017

By Richard Saxby


The last month has been a bit challenging again with most weekends being either big springs or neap tides which seem to coincide with a fair wind but when conditions have allowed then there is normally a club boat bobbing about in the bay.

The first codling and plenty of whiting albeit a bit on the small side have been landed and hopefully as the month continues and temperatures drop their numbers and size will increase.

I think we have seen the last of the hounds in the bay for 2017 but you could still pick one up if you steamed down towards Porlock.

September 24th and Seanies Flyer was out and about trying to find the first cod of the season.

Martin Quinn, Andy Georgiou and Nigel Devey were kept busy with lots of thornies, conger, dogs, hounds, whiting and huss but unfortunately the cod avoided them.

Vicoue was out on the 14th October and Pete Nicholson and Mark Bowden stayed local and faired similar minus the huss.

Sunday 15th October the wind was from the south allowing us to go ahead with the Tony Holly Trophy.

Despite an early book in of 5.30am 5 boats with 15 anglers including 1 junior booked in and launched in the dark.

Although there was plenty of fish caught most failed to meet our high minimum sizes so only a single LSD made it back to the scales caught by Dave Tether at 1-13 and 60% and enough to win the trophy.

There were reports of a few conger to 25lb lost at the side of the boat and Craig Willis did catch the first codling but it was just under our 18” minimum size.

Fish of the month for September, sponsered by Thyers Tackle of Highbridge, was a 12lb huss for Andy Georgiou and a new club record.

The next club competition is the Wilf Dunstone Trophy on Sunday 19th November.

Our next club meeting is on Thursday 16th  November and is our AGM 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 and website Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association.

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Tony Holly Trophy- Sunday 15th October 2017

5 boats and 15 anglers braved an early start to fish the Tony Holly Trophy out of Burnham-on-Sea on Sunday 15th October.

Both Simon Stroud & Alex Wharton had only landed back in England a couple of hours earlier on their return from sunny Greece! 

It was an uneventful launch and all boats set off to their various marks in the dark.

On Four Buoys were myself, Dicky & Fred Saxby, we stayed local until it got light looking for an early morning bass.

Craig Willis with Damian Close as crew on Lucky strike had the same idea.

Both boats caught rays, dogfish and congers here but the bass were elusive.

Out on Obsession with Andy Georgiou were Nigel Devey & Martin Quinn, they headed straight down to Watchet searching for an early season cod.

On Ultra Mover were Chris Lindsay & Dave Teather who along with Ultra Fisher with a full crew of, Simon & Dom Stroud and Alex & Jake Wharton fished around St Audries bay to start with.

Eventually all 5 boats were fishing together around Watchet, fishing was steady with lots of dogfish, thornback rays, conger eels and even a few Watchet Bay tope and small whiting being caught.

Craig Willis did manage to catch the only codling of the day here but it was just under size.

There were also a couple of decent eels nearing 25lb lost at the boat, just don’t mention it to Dave Teather as he is still sore about it, isn’t he Chris Lindsay!

As the day progressed and with no cod showing on Four Buoys we moved back up to Hinkley catching more rays, congers and doggies.

Lucky Strike fished the club bank for much the same and the 2 Ultra’s had moved to Lilstock and were still catching eels, rays and dogfish.

Although all boats fished hard and lots of fish were caught on the day not many were in size and in fact only one fish was brought to the scales!

Dave Teather weighing a dogfish of 1lb 13oz for 60% and winning the Tony Holly Trophy for best  specimen.

Tracey had opened the bar for us back at the sailing club and we were joined by a few guys who hadn’t been able to fish on the day for a beer and some banter.

We had to draw for second & third place and the pools money and, Fred raised a few quid for the club by raffling off a few bottles of wine.

So well done all those that fished and thanks for the support of all the members who attended the day.  


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Valkyrie Charter Trip Saturday 14th October 2017


On Saturday 14th October I fished with my Oxfordshire based charter group on Valkyrie 7 skippered by Glen Cairns out of Hayling Island.

Glen had not been out much over the past week with poor weather restricting his days at sea.


We decided to try some sand banks around 18 miles out in the hope we would find some blonde rays and maybe a cod.

Whiting have yet to show in any real numbers this year which is a shame because, they keep the rod tips rattling and, when they are in, there are usually plenty of decent fish amongst them.

Our first fish on board was a fine  bull huss of around 8lb caught by Terry Hickman, we were also being plagued by small congers.

In fact they were the smallest that Glen had ever had on the boat before!


Fishing was hard but there were a few dogfish showing and a small blonde ray was also landed.

Mick Gower also had this cracking bass of around 5 1/2lb that added to the species tally brought a big grin to his face.



Fishing was still slow with not many bites but, Alan Pocock landed another good fish this time a blonde ray around 17lb.

We persevered for a while longer on this mark before moving to our second mark of the day.

This was some broken ground around 12 miles out that we have fished with Glen a few times now.

“There could well be some good pollack on this mark guys” Glen said.



Well there were lots of pout to start with but, it was good just to get a few  bites for me!

Martin Crowley was the first to prove Glen right with a lovely conditioned winter pollack approaching double figures.



Tony Cunnington was next with a slightly smaller fish but still a very welcomed catch.

I joined in catching another pollack this time around 7lb.

Mick Gower had a small mackerel which was quickly sent down as a live bait in the hope of another bass or pollack.

He didn’t have to wait long for a bite and after a hard fight a 20lb plus conger was soon spinning on the surface.

Not the fish he was after but it took the pools for biggest fish of the day and helped him win the most species pools as well!

We finished with four pollack in total from this mark so, all in all another good day out with Glen Cairns on Valkyrie Charters.

Glen and his son Zac run two dedicated fishing catamarans, Valkyrie 6 and 7 out of Northney Marina on Hayling Island, Hampshire.

You can find Glen on Facebook, Glen Cairns Valkyrie, or check out his website

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Fish Of The Month September 2017



Fish of the month for September 2017 sponsored by Thyers Fishing Tackle of Highbridge, in conjunction with BBOSAA members.



Fish of the month for September was this fine bull huss of 12lbs and new club record for Andy Georgiou.

Well done Andy.



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Octobers Schedule 2017

October’s Schedule.

On Sunday 15th October we will hole the Tony Holly Trophy at Burnham-on-Sea.

Book in is at 5.30am and the off is at 6.00am.

Back on Beach for 3pm.

We have a normal monthly meeting on Thursday 19th at the sailing club.

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