Sea Angling News Round up!

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Shore sport is starting to take off as summer sweeps in with the first really warm days of the year. Numerous smoothound have been caught from regular shore marks and from boats in Bideford Bay. Bideford Club members weighed some fine specimens into their 24 hour rover.

Bideford 24hr rover May results

1st Nathan clements bull Huss 11lb 15 3/4 119.844%

2nd taz wotton smoothound 11lb 8 115%

3rd Antony smith bull Huss 10lb 12 1/2 107.812%

Great fish tonight 5 fish all over 100%



(Above) Smoothound  13lbs 1/2 oz caught from a boat by Jack Pike.

(Above) Ross Stanway and Lee Holden enjoyed sport at Ilfracombe landing a brace of spotted ray each along with the inevitable dogfish.

The coming week should see mackerel shoals all along the coast with big tides and improved water clarity. Mullet will be present in harbours and from rock marks. Bass will also be well worth targetting with both lures and bait. There is the chance of gilthead bream in the estuary with crab and lugworm the favoured baits. After dark the beaches will produce ray and the rock marks bull huss.

Many thanks to Ian Laird for allowing to post his images of a night on the beach.


It will be no surprise if an early tope shows up, a whole mackerel presented on a wire trace could well bring a screaming reel!

Anglers fishing on Reel Deal off Ilfracombe have enjoyed some top rate pollock sport.