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Mackerel in the pan promises a perfect end to a summer evening's fishing

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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In his latest fishing page for Morning News Country, angler, writer and publisher Tom O’Reilly is out enjoying the summer sun.

August has been a good month for fishing. With some hot day time temperatures, often evenings and mornings have offered the best time to catch fish.

I’ve had a few small sea trout on the region’s rivers and I’ve watched the dawn break whilst angling for carp and tench, and in the heat of mid-day I’ve float fished for beautiful golden rudd.

Up at Angler’s Paradise I’ve heard of a 40lb+ mirror carp being caught by angler, Tommy Flower. But August 2014 will be remembered as being especially good for catching mackerel.

Over the last few weeks I’ve caught mackerel from the shore, off the beaches around Cornwall. A commercial fisherman told me that there was glut of mackerel in Looe fish market recently, as there’s so many about.

I adore mackerel, on light spinning tackle or what’s really good fun is using a light lined float-fishing set up.

Angling for them is simple fun, and the great thing is that the humble mackerel makes such good eating. Cooked fresh, straight from the sea, gutted, topped and tailed, quickly pan fried, a crack of pepper, a pinch of salt, squeeze of lemon – the perfect end to a summer evening’s fishing.

Fishing books

My Cornish fishing book publishers The Little Egret Press are about to re-publish a classic title, Gone fishing by William Nathan. The book was first published in 1960 and is illustrated with intricate woodcuts by Kenneth Lindley. This lovely little book is a mixture of angling memoirs of course, game and sea fishing. This new edition has a new foreword by expert angler Paul Morgan and a new preface by the author.

This forgotten classic is a splendid book of lost carp lakes, pike pools, wild bass coastlines and soft sea trout rivers and is the perfect fireside read. Gone Fishing is a limited edition book of just 280 copies at £26.95 and there are 10 very special leather-bound copies. To order yours please go to our website... www.l-e-p.com

Bass nursery

I wrote last month of the joys of kayak/canoe fishing around the coast and I mentioned about fishing in estuaries for bass. I had an email from Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority reminding me that fishing from kayaks for bass in the River Tamar is prohibited. The Tamar estuary is a bass nursery area upstream of a line between Wilderness Point and the western end of Mountbatten Pier.

For more information please read the website www.cornwall-ifca.gov.u

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