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Xmas Comp 2018

It will come as no surprise to anybody that tomorrows comp is OFF!
Just a reminder of the schedule for the rest of December.
Sunday 16th Reserve comp Bi 8.30, Off 9, Bob 15.00.
This will be a trophy competition as we still have a couple to fit in. Richard Saxby will post more details later.
Thursday 20th Xmas social, Food orders in with Tracey or Simon by 16th.
Saturday 29th Reserve comp Bi 8.00, Off 8.30, BOB 14.00
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Four Buoys Goes South – Fowey report

By Richard Saxby



It had long been an ambition of mine to catch a shark on our own boat so after some research I managed to convince the co-owners of Four Buoys that a 4 day trip to Fowey would produce the goods.

So on Monday 24th September me, my brother Stephen, dad Fred and uncle Roy towed the 3 hours down to Cornwall and by 12.00 we were slipping the boat off the trailer into the picturesque harbour.


With a settled forecast for the 4 days we decided to head offshore for the sharks on the middle 2 days and stay inshore on the first and last day.

A few drifts just outside the harbour found us enough mackerel for the following day so we moved out a few miles to try and locate an inshore wreck.

It was fairly scattered and broken up but held a decent number of pollack which were taking a liking to our soft plastics and a small ling which was a first for the boat.

Once we had our fill we came back in and had a slow drift back along the harbour where Stephen caught a nice plaice.

A quick wash down before we retrieved the boat then off to our campsite.



Tuesday started off with a drift for mackerel to top up the bait box then a steam out to the 10 mile mark.


With the chum slick working and 4 baits set at various depths and distances hopes were high and after 40 minutes the first clicks rung out as a shark made off with a bait.



Unfortunately the hook didn’t stick and this was repeated on the second run.

Thankfully the next run resulted in a good hook up and Fred played a nice blue of around 55lbs to the boat.

I was next up and it wasn’t to long before I landed a small blue of 25lb.

Roy was next with another blue of about 40lbs and in between runs we fished on the bottom catching a steady stream of whiting biggest of 2-3 again to Fred.

Unfortunately the day came to a premature end when Fred managed to stick a hook right in his finger so a quick trip to minor injuries was needed to get it removed.

Wednesday was a foggy start but by the time we had prepped the boat the sun had burnt it off and another fine day lay ahead.


Another quick stop for fresh macky both for bait and chum then a 40 minute steam to the same spot from the day before.

The wind had changed direction and this resulted in a more southerly drift but the sharks were just as obliging.

Stephen was first up with a blue of around 40lb and 4 more followed at regular intervals then we had a strong run on the furthest rod.

This fish fought harder and went on several runs and we were all expecting a bigger blue for Fred but as I hand lined the fish up on the trace a porbeagle came out of the depths.

Not a monster at around 55lbs but a first both for Fred and the boat, happy days.

One more run and I had my first beagle, only a baby at 19lbs but I was chuffed to finally get one, total for the day was 5 blues and 2 porgies.



Thursday was our last day and with a 3 hour tow back to Burnham and then a 90 minute drive back to Oxfordshire we fished inshore again.

Plenty of mackerel, pollack and I caught another first with a john dory of 2-8.

Overall we had a fantastic 4 days with 3 pb’s and 6 boat records for Four Buoys. Fowey is a great place to stay and we will return next year.

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Mark Bowden out and about.



Since he and Pete sold their boat Mark Bowden has been hitting the beaches in search of bass.

He had this fine fish of around 5lbs whilst fishing Brean beach.

Well done Mark.

Monday, October 15th, 2018 Latest News Comments Off on Mark Bowden out and about.

Westbay Away Day

As a consequence of moving the summer BBQ from the 7th July to the 28th July the planned away day to Westbay on Sunday 29th July has now been cancelled.

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Change of Date for Summer BBQ

The date for the BBOSAA summer BBQ has been changed from the Saturday 7th July to Saturday 28th July.


Tickets available from Simon & Tracey Stroud.

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