My research of the local area suggested the mouth of the river at nearby Seaton. The River Axe, flows through a muddy marina, past banks of shingle into the sea.
I arrived about an hour and a half before dusk and made my way to the right hand bank of the river. A few anglers with waders were fishing from the spit – one of them fly-fishing – and another with a lure to my right. I clipped on a Fiiish Black Minnow and pulled this along near to the bottom. It was well after sunset before I could see any fish moving in the water. Standing at the top of the shingle bank, I could see tiny baitfish shoaling and breaking the water. Followed by some larger fish. Sea Trout?
I switched to a 28g Dexter Wedge to match the size of the prey. The HTO luregame rod sent the wedge out like a bullet. After a dozen or so casts, I pulled in a seven-inch pollack. It was such a small fish that I barely noticed the increased drag on the line.
The light fell further, and all anglers called it a day. I didn’t see any fish taken by the other guys, but at least I beat the blank.
- 1 Pollack