When you are holidaying in this beautiful part of Somerset there are lots of options for fishing!
Whether you are planning a few hours of peace and quiet, the exhilaration of a deep sea fishing trip, or maybe a trip to the coast with the kids and a bucket and spade… Huntstile is a great base for your excursion.
Children love crabbing at Kilve Beach, Watchet Harbour or Lyme Regis and mackerel fishing is a real winner. If you want to be really organised just let Lizzie know what you would like to do on your holiday. We can pre-book everything for you, work out your itinerary and even pack you a picnic for the day ahead.
Durleigh carp love boilies and will respond to accurate baiting, with many fish coming at longer range and being caught from all around the reservoir. In spring and early summer the shallow end can be very good, but as the season progresses and the levels drop they move into the deeper water towards the dam. Specimen pike are also a big feature at Durleigh and can even exceed the 30lb mark, with a good number of 20s, doubles and jacks also in the water. Pike anglers regularly report 10 or more fish in a day when they are feeding. Dead-baiting is a very popular tactic, but lures can also work well.
In the winter they can be found at the deeper end, but throughout the year you will often see pike activity in the margins all round the reservoir.
The reservoir is also well regarded for its bream fishing with good average-sized fish. Although most bream fall into the 2lb-5lb range, there are larger specimens approaching double figures. There is also an abundance of skimmers from under 1lb and up to 2lb and there are vast shoals of roach that can make up 50lb-80lb nets on their own.
Durleigh fished very well last year with plenty of fish showing. John Keirle won the Carp Masters competition landing 34 fish over a weekend weighing in at 464lb
Follyfoot Fisheries is only 5 minutes drive from Huntstile, picture below shows a very proud young man and his catch!
Course Fishing is where you unhook and put the fish back in the water (as opposed to knocking it on the head and eating it for supper). There are some trout lakes locally where you can catch your supper, the closest to us is the beautiful Hawkridge Reservoir at Spaxton, about 4miles from Huntstile.
There are sea fishing opportunities below.
License for fishing can be bought online here
For more information on fishing in our area, fishing tackle shops and license etc. please contact Bridgwater Angling
You can experience off-shore fishing in the Bristol Channel from the north coast of Somerset at Lilstock beach (30mins drive) or pick up a chartered angling boat (38ft) with Scoobdoo Trips the historical Watchet Harbour (40mins), where Samuel Colridge’s famous Ancient Mariner set sail.
Crabbing in the rock pools at Watchet and Kilve beach is fascinating. The Bristol Channel has a huge tidal shift – in fact its the second highest tide in the world! Remember that you need bucket of sea water to keep the crabs happy after you have caught them.
I found this lovely piece online from Mumsite (click here to read).
Children do love crabbing, but, as with all trips that involve water and slippery surfaces i.e. weed covered rocks, remember make sure that the site for crabbing is suitable and that the children are safe at all times.
Thee sites are on the north Somerset coastline, or you may prefer to head south…
Just under an hour’s drive will take you to the beautiful Jurassic coastline of Lyme Regis with its sparkling blue sea – and you’ll find Harry May’s fishing boat in the harbour.
Contact Harry: 07974 753287 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishing for mackerel is brilliant fun and, if you’re happy to gut the fish yourself, we can lend you a little portable BBQ to take with you so you can cook them there on the beach.
Recipe for Beach BBQ Mackerel
Mackerel speaks for itself, I just used a wedge of lemon and a bunch of flat leaf parsley – it really doesn’t need much else. Sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper, drizzle with olive oil and grill for four or five minutes on each side. Serve with salad leaves – delicious! (photos below and recipe courtesy of guyropegourmet.co.uk)