Estuary Provides Fine Junior sport

The autumn estuary can provide some fine sport for young anglers with flounder and school bass.

Ian Cairns won Triple Hook Clubs Junior Open Flounder competition with a fine flounder of 1lb 87/8oz. In second place was Roxy Mortimer with a flounder of 1lb 8oz. Joan Cairns won the ladies Open Flounder match with a flattie of 1lb 73/4oz. Christine Hancock was runner up with a flounder of 1lb 31/4oz.

Andrew Conibear took his son Thomas to the Taw estaury where they enjoyed sport with flounder and bass to 5lb 9oz.

Sea Angling Round Up

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Plenty of fish to chase from the North Devon Shoreline at the moment with ray, bass, rockling and mullet amongst the specimens caught over the last week.

Paul Lorrimore caught this stunning blonde from a local rock mark using bait bought High Street Tackle.

6lb 13oz bass was caught by Nick Job from a North Devon shore mark using a pulley rig on a size 3hook on sandeel

John Shapland landed this fine thick lipped grey mullet of 3lb 8.5oz from an estuary mark

Bluefin puts anglers on the fish off Ilfracombe

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Toby Bassett enjoyed a beautiful day bobbing about on  John Barbeary’s Bluefin with plenty of fish tempted throughout the day afloat.

Several bass were tempted drifting over the reefs with the biggest around 5lb. Anchoring brought sport with several tope to 30lb along with huss and the inevitable dogfish. One angler hooked a large fish that came close to spooling him before dropping the bait. The guess was that it was shark?

Troy Laing with a fine tope

Toby Bassett with specimen bull huss
Toby Bassett with a bass
Toby and Troy with silver bass

bass and scad

As winter approaches anglers will be looking forward to targetting the spurdog, huss and conger that prowl the mid channel marks giving some exciting and frantic sport when the weather permits access.


Sea Angling Results

Bideford Angling Club and Appledore Shipbuilders hold their monthly sea rovers on the first Sunday of each month and both clubs allow competitors to fish over a very wide area of the South West including  Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. Their results highlight the vast the vast range of species available to anglers in the South West.

Bideford Monthly Rover results

1st – Antony Smith garfish 15 1/2 oz 77.5% (Above)

2nd  -Andrew Clements dogfish 1 lb 13 60.416%

Appledore Shipbuilders Monthly Rover Results

1st- Josh Atkinson – black bream 2lb 7.5oz

2nd – Michael Hammett – garfish 1lb 2oz

3rd – James Mayhew – small eyed ray 7lb 1/8oz

Junior section – Jack Pike – ballan wrasse 4lb 3oz

Triple Hook Club – WYCO EWB – Club Flounder

1st – Mark Hancock – flounder 1lb 1/4oz

2nd – Kevin Hancock – flounder 15oz

Combe Martin SAC Lyn Fish 2018

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Combe Martin SAC’s Lyn Fish Competition saw competitors fishing between Hartland Point and Watchet with some fine fish registered from both boat and shore.

The winner of the event was Jack Phillips (above) with a fine thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb.

Runner up was Alex Mcleish with a stunning boat caught pollock of 10lb 10oz

3rd – Dan Miles Redmore – Blonde ray 10lb 6.5oz

4th – Nick Phillips – Thick Lipped grey mullet 3lb 2oz

5th – Mark Jones – small eyed ray – 7lb 5oz

6th – Matt Jeffery – dogfish – 2lb 1oz

The event was sponsored by Sakuma Tackle and Ardosia Slate

The after competition meet up and presentation was held at the Rising Sun Lynmouth  where competitors enjoyed a fine platter of delicious food.

(Above)Alex Mcleish – Pollock 10lb 10oz
(Above) Dan Miles Redmore – blonde ray 10lb 6.5oz
(Above) Nick Phillips – 3lb 2oz thick lipped grey mullet
(Above) Mark Jones – small eyed ray 7lb 5oz

(Above) A grey mullet caught bu myself on the Saturday of the competition when a strong North East Wind made fishing difficult.

(Above) First light bass fishing with the lures.

Sea Angling Prospects

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Prospects for the coming weekend are looking good with a wide range of species available to target. Weather wise Sunday is the best looking day with light winds and sunshine. Fish don’t always worry about the weather though and night sessions could be profitable for bass, huss, conger and ray.

Combe Martin SAC are holding an Open competition over the weekend so this will encourage a few anglers to get out and see whats about. Might even win a prize from the sponsors Sakuma and Ardosia slate.

(Below)Mark Jones fished a local rock mark and landed a fine smoothound and beautiful wrasse.

(below) John Shapland caught this fine grey mullet earlier this week.