John Wallington – Skipper of ‘Outcast’
John Wallington has been fishing in Lyme Bay for over 10 years and is a full time commercial angler earning his living catching fish, specifically line caught bass.
Johns passion is the pursuit of big bass caught on rod and line, a sustainable approach where the fish population does not decline over time because of fishing practices.
He is one of the main suppliers to Hugh Fearnley–Whitingshall's ‘River Cottage Canteen’ in nearby Axminster, ‘River Cottage HQ’ at Musbury and Mark Hix's ‘Oyster House’ in Lyme Regis.
70% of the boats income comes from landing fish – this is a working fishing boat and John earns his living from catching fish, especially bass – big bass.
Six years ago he started angling charters with his boat ‘Outcast’ showing anglers his methods and teaching them the techniques he uses in his daily work.
Experience a day's fishing with John, one of the UK's best bass anglers off his favourite marks in Lyme Bay and he will teach you how he catches bass.
You then get to keep the biggest bass and of any other species you catch, all the others, the rest of the days catch go towards the cost of running the boat and Johns services keeping the charter fees low.
Good quality specialised light fishing tackle is supplied ‘free of charge’ so that anglers get to feel the fight a good fish can give.
There is no minimum persons limit – even with only one person booked the trip goes ahead – the skipper finds the rest of the days charter anglers.
I take a maximum of 5 anglers there is plenty of room to fish without too many tangles.
John Wallington – Skipper of ‘Outcast’
- 7.6m series Cheetah Marine Catamaran.
- Engines:– Twin Honda 60 H.P. Outboards (new in 2013)
- Cruising speed 16 – 18 knots.
- Licensed for 6 persons.
- MCA Safety Code Of Practice Category 2 and can operate up to 40 miles offshore.
- 1x 12" colour sounder.
- DSC Radio/ Northstar Radar.
- Fuel – Unleaded Petrol.
- Yacht master / Sea fishing unrestricted certificates.
Devon Bass Pro Charters in the Media.
As featured in Boat Fishing Monthly – December 2010.
‘The BFM team went to Devon for a day out with a commercial rod and line bass angler. Check out this awsome technique for catching wreck–dwelling bass’
As featured in Devon Coast & Country magazine October 2013.
‘The Coast & Country Team featured John Wallington and Nigel Birt in their October edition of the magazine.’
Three Go Mad at Christmas
In Channel 4's 2012 episode 3 of River Cottage's ‘Three Go Mad at Christmas’ Hugh Fearnley–Whittingstall took Kathy Burke out fishing with Skipper John Wallington on ‘Outcast’ to catch an alternative Christmas day main course.
Devon Bass Pro Charters operate out of Axmouth Harbour in East Devon on the south coast of England.
This stretch of Dorset and East Devon coastline was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site site in 2001 and is known as the Jurassic Coast.
The landscape of East Devon and West Dorset is largely unspoilt creating coastal and inland Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Axmouth Harbour is in one of these areas of outstanding natural beauty where the Axe valley meets the sea.
In 2008 the UK Government decided to close–off 90 square miles of Lyme Bay to scallop dredging and bottom – trawling which appears to have stimulated partial recovery of fragile reef ecosystems.
In 2012 The Lyme Bay Working Group, a collaborative body that includes local fishermen, scientists, regulators and the Blue Marine Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
The MoU is designed to ensure that Lyme Bay's local fishing communities benefit from a more sustainable approach to marine conservation, which recognises the need to balance commercial necessity with the pressing need to protect these fragile environments.
This has led to a a new voluntary code of conduct being agreed with fishermen from the four ports nearest to Seaton in the Lyme Bay marine conservation area restricting amount of gear used by any one fisherman.
Devon Bass Pro Chaters Skipper, John Wallington has always used this sustainable aproach only taking line caught fish.
For centuries, Lyme Bay was considered a safe anchorage to shelter during storms. Even in this supposedly safe anchorage many vessels foundered in stormy weather and the sea bed of Lyme Bay is scattered with wrecks both historic and world war I & II.
Shipwrecks attract sea life forming artificial reefs which give shelter to shoals of fish large and small. The smaller fish who seek refuge within and around the wreck feeding off the even smaller marine life are an abundant source of food for the larger predatory fish such as bass, who circle the wrecks hunting for the smaller fish.
An experienced skipper such as John Wallington who knows the exact location and lie of the wreck, is familiar with the tides, wind and sea conditions can work his lures in the area where his years of fishing here have taught him where the biggest and best fish will be.
This is fishing at its best, hard work cranking the lure through 130' of water but the adrenaline rush of catching a bass is worth it. On a good day not just one bass, pollack or cod but fish after fish.
Fish Catch Monthly Guide.
February:– Pollack & Ling.
March:– Pollack & Ling.
April:– Pollack & Ling.
May:– Pollack, Cod & Bass.
June:– Cod & more Cod, Pollack & Bass.
July:– Bass, Pollack, Cod & Black Bream.
August:– Bass, Pollack, Cod & Black Bream.
September:– BASS, BASS & more BASS & Black Bream.
October:– BASS, BASS & more BASS & Black Bream..
November:– Bass & Pollack.
Boat Fish Caught Records.
Bass – 15lb 12oz. caught 2011.
- Cod – 22lb – 2oz, caught 2013.
- Pollack – 22lb 2oz, caught 2008.
- Brill – 8lb 9oz, caught 2007.
- Ling – 20lB 2oz, caught 2012.