Want somewhere different to break out the rods and reel? South Devon’s mild climate and the combination of great rivers and saltwater estuaries make it a Mecca for anyone who enjoys the peace and quiet of a fishing holiday. Mackerel are plentiful in the sea around the South Devon coast and there are other varieties of fish to be found inland if you haven’t quite got your sea legs.
While fishing holidays are often considered to be a solitary pursuit, South Devon’s countryside and broad range of attractions mean that if you’re a fishing enthusiast you can still indulge in your passion and spend time with the family on the same trip.
Where to Fish
While the estuaries are always popular angling spots, South Devon is blessed with beautiful beaches where you can land your own lunch. It’s a great way to combine fishing with family time, so while you reel in the flounder, the kids can play on the beach. South Devon’s climate is mild all year round and borders on the Mediterranean during summer months, allowing the whole family to enjoy a beach holiday and even take part in the huge variety of water sports available in this part of the country. However, if you’re after a bigger catch there are boats available for hire from most ports, and some can be chartered for inshore and wreck fishing. Salcombe and Dartmouth are especially popular if you’re a little more adventurous.
Where to Stay
Getting the right accommodation is an important part of your fishing holiday. South Devon offers a variety of styles of accommodation from luxury apartments and cottages to campsites and holiday parks. Because of the area’s popularity as a holiday destination, there are plenty of B&Bs, hotels and self-catering cottages within easy reach of some of the best fishing spots.
‘Get Hooked’ is a great website that offers information on the best places to stay, where to get your tackle, local fisheries and details of boat chartering. Many accommodation providers such as the Tower Country Chalet Park in Seaton offer deals and discounts on certain fishing accessories, and are also able to recommend quieter fishing spots if you want some ‘alone’ time to fish in peace.