Have you ever heard people talking about fabulous places to fish, where the bass shoal thickly in the midst of turbot and rays? I certainly have, hearing many of the local tales of Lannacombe Bay until it whetted my appetite to have a go for myself and see if the legends were true!
Over the last few years I’ve heard a lot of stories about the fishing at Lannacombe Bay. Indeed some anglers were almost drooling as they relived incredible fights with huge fish such as turbot and rays, sprinkled liberally with double figure bass, until it reached the point where I decided that I just had to have a go! This angling mecca that they described just couldn’t be as good as they claimed, could it?
I had to find out. The result was that I found myself talking to Steve Parker, a charter skipper from Dartmouth, who has always been very helpful in the past, giving free trips as prizes in junior competitions and always doing his utmost to see that the anglers on board caught the fish that they were after.
“Is it really as good as they claim?” I asked, with a cynical smirk.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, oh yeah!” Came the instant reply. “I had a twelve pounder on board the other day. It’s very good at this time of year like.”
That was it. A few telephone calls and a couple of days later saw myself, Charles Armstrong, a wheelchair user from Buckfastleigh, Tony Wood and his son Adam booked on ‘Two Rivers’, heading out to sea in a state of great excitement.
Weatherwise, we couldn’t have chosen a nicer day, with a lovely calm sea - essential when one of the lads is in a wheelchair, otherwise he’ll find himself doing wheelies about the deck - with plenty of sunshine and a very light breeze. The sandeels were comfortably ensconced in Steve’s tank and my friends and I busy rigging out the light tackle we were going to use, in this case eight to nine foot spinning rods with very light multipliers. I was using my old favourite, a 2 lbs test curve Masterline baitcasting rod matched with an ABU Maxxar and 10 lbs breaking strain line. (I had upped the line I usually used just in case we ran into a turbot or ray!)
Fishing from Lannacombe Bay
11 year old angler Adam Wood holds his first ever bass, a schoolie weighing just under two and a half pounds while Dad (below) holds a much bigger fish.