There are still tope about!

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(Above ) Wayne Parkhouse 30lb tope

Anglers fishing off Ilfracombe aboard John Barbeary’s ‘Bluefin’ are still catching tope which is no surprise as these predators hunt the Bristol Channel at this time of year for herring and flatfish often moving close inshore.

14520528_972367716241942_5629966660311090980_n(Above) Troy Laing 24lb tope

It is surprising what might might be lurking beneath the surface during the autumn months! Below is a picture from the 1950’s showing a porbeagle shark that became tangled in the herring nets off Combe Martin. (Below) If you have any tales of big fish from by-gone days please email the details.28047_113735952127862_1077790431_nbanner