Estuary fishing can be fun - Baywater Anglers, for example, has a lot of events at such places where a surprising number of fish can sometimes be caught.
Once you have caught your fish, then please get them back in the water as quickly as possible. Do not, whatever you do, just rip the hook out. Keep a disgorger handy and ease it out with the minimal amount of discomfort. (To use a disgorger you slide it over the trace, then ease it down to the hook. Gently push down, holding the fish still in a damp rag so as not to remove the scales and damage the skin, then turn the disgorger and remove the hook.) Donít just keep on and on at it either. If you have not got it out inside of thirty seconds then put the fish back in a bucket of water and let it breathe for a minute or two. That way it will have a much better chance of surviving when you do get the hook out.
Estuary fishing may not be every personís cup of tea, but it can brighten up a dull day or give you somewhere to fish when easterly winds are blowing. It can also be fun, but to get the best of it you will need to fish with very light tackle, with rods so slender that even the most humble fish can show to advantage. Hopefully, you will find it quite entertaining.
Keep the tackle nice and simple, like the running leger illustrated. You can also, if you want, try float fishing with the depth set deeper than the water so that it drags slightly. This can be a little risky though so make sure the bottom is fairly clear first.
Longer traces will search out the bigger mullet, like this 4 and half pounder caught at Steamer Quay in Totnes.