Sea Angling Round Up!

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Triple Hook Clubs Annual Christmas Turkey Competition was plagued by raging flood waters that made fishing conditions challenging. Despite this several good fish were brought to the scales by the thirty-seven competitors ensuring turkeys for the successful anglers. John Passmore won the competition with a flounder scaling 1lb 91/8oz. In runner up spot was Julian Stainer with a flounder of 1lb 81/32oz.Third was Junior angler Ian Cairns with a flounder of 1lb 71/4oz and in forth Antony Smith with flounder of 1lb 41/2oz. In fifth was Tarrant Wotton with a flattie of 1lb 43/4oz and in sixth Mark Beer with a flounder of 1lb 31/4oz.

Shore sport along the North Devon coast has been slower than expected with the water coloured following recent winter storms I expected to be swamped with pictures of specimen fish. CMSAC member Dan Spearman caught this blonde ray of 12lb 11oz. James Gubb Fradgley caught a pleasing whiting of 1lb 8oz. This weekend see CMSAC and Triple Hook Club holding competitions it will be interesting to see what is tempted.

Dan Spearman


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Combe Martin SAC – Christmas Competition

Kevin Legge secured top spot In Combe Sea Angling Clubs Christmas Competition with a fine specimen bull huss scaling 11lb 12oz. Members endured some stormy conditions during the competition with a heavy swell battering the coast. Mark Jones was runner up with a small eyed ray of 9lb 6oz.

Third – Alex Mcleish – bull huss 6lb 3oz

Forth Dan Welch – small eyed ray – 6lb

Fifth – Dan Welch – dogfish – 1lb 12oz

Sixth – Ross Stanway – dogfish – 1lb 10oz.

BIDEFORD 24 hour results

Julien Stainer secured first place in Bideford Angling Clubs Twenty Four Hour Rover landing bull huss of 8lb 15.5oz.


Cameron Atkinson won Appledore Shipbuilders Wintere League Rover with a whiting of 1lb 4oz.

Flounder Fishing Competition Results & Bideford Christmas Competition

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Bideford Christmas competition results

An impressive 72 anglers lined the banks of a wind swept Torridge Estuary to take part in Bideford Angling Clubs Christmas Competition and plenty of flounder were tempted.

1st R. Slade flounder 1lb 9 1/2oz
2nd D. Jenkins flounder 1lb 5 1/2oz
3rd D. Talbot flounder 1lb 4 3/4oz
4th M. John’s flounder 1lb 4 1/4oz
5th R. Harris flounder 1lb 3 1/4oz
6th A. Mccourt flounder 1lb 3oz
7th M. Druce flounder 1lb 1 3/4oz
8th C. Curtis flounder 1lb 1 3/4oz
9th D. Bailey flounder 1lb 1 3/4oz
10th A. Clements flounder 1lb 1 1/2oz
Prizes went all the way to 26th place.
1ST B. Lee flounder 0.310g
2nd B. Lee flounder 0.306g
3rd B. J. Less flounder 0.302g
4th B. Phipps flounder 0.288g
5th B. Phipps flounder 0.256

Nathan Clements wrote :-
“I would like to say thank you to everyone that fished today 72 angler’s produced 39 flounder it’s been a brilliant day.
Thanks to Paul and Lisa done a fantastic job again.
Thank you to all are sponsors.
Thanks to the reds for letting us host the competition.
Congratulations to all the winners
See you all again next year”

Appledore Shipbuilders Christmas Competition

Appledore Shipbuilders fished their Christmas comp today. Winner  and 2nd was Owen Atkinson with Flounders of 1lb 14 3/4ozs and 1lb 12ozs 3rd was Cameron Atkinson with a flounder of 1lb 2 3/8ozs 22 members fished.

TRIPLE HOOK CLUB – Open Flounder Including Ladies and Junior Open

Twenty-Three anglers fishing in Triple Hook Clubs Open Flounder Match with good numbers of flounder landed. Mark Beer was first in the senior section with a flounder of 1lb 6.75oz. In runner up spot was Joan Cairns with a flounder of 1lb 4.5oz.

In the Junior section Lennox Pine took top spot with a flounder of 1lb 63/8oz and Levi Beer was runner up with a flounder of 1lb 33/8oz. Ian Cairns was runner up in club only Junior section with a flounder of 1lb.

The ladies section was secured by Joan Cairns with her flounder of 1lb 4.5oz. Runner up in the ladies section was Levi Beer with her flounder of 1lb 33/8oz.

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Jamie Steward caught this brace of flounder weighing 1lb 5oz and 1lb 6oz during a pleasure fishing session on the Taw Estuary. With calm conditions and easterly air stream fishing was hard over the weekend with most competition anglers targeting flounder. Out on the coast whispers of few early spurdog and a few codling.


1st Jazza John. Flounder 1lb 10 1/2ozs
2nd Richard Boon Flounder 1lb 8ozs
3rd Terry Dymond Flounder 1lb 5 1/8ozs
18 seniors and 2 Juniors Fished

Bidefords Rover Results

1st Terry Dymond flounder 1lb 5 1/8oz


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Combe Martin SAC members assembled at the White Lion Inn, Braunton for their AGM where close to twenty members were in attendance. The clubs officers reported on a good year for the club with a significant upturn in membership. Nick Phillips and Wayne Thomas continue in their roles as Secretary and Chairman (a position we have shared for close to forty years). The club thanked Graham Snow for his sterling service as Cup Custodian over many years. The position has been taken by Rob Scoines. Young Jack Phillips has taken on the role of club Webmaster.

The club are considering joining the Angling Trust to take a greater role in consultations that affect Sea Angling and support the National Governing body. This will also offer insurance for club members. The membership endorsed joining the Trust if the committee sanction the move following a meeting with an Angling Trust coordinator.  The club will remain in The BCFSA.

A full calendar of events was discussed and will be drafted and published in due course.

Contact details for membership can be found on the clubs website :


Cod Trophy   James Gubb Fradgley         Cod      12lb 3oz

Bass Trophy  Nick Phillips          Bass      10lb 1oz         125.78%

Mullet Cup    John Avery       Thick-lip      5lb 1oz         119.118%

Conger Cup    Rob Scoines        Conger     39lb                130%

Flatfish Cup   David Jenkins      Flounder    2lb 4oz.      112.15  %

Shore Shield   Robin  Bond   Gilthead bream   5lb.       166.667  %

Medway Cup   Rob Scoines.        Conger       39lb.         130%

Ray Shield        Mark Jones.        Thornback.   14lb 8oz.  131.818%

Burgess Trophy  –   Solly Welch / Charlie Stanway

Wrasse Trophy   Ross Stanway       Ballan Wrasse     3lb 12oz.

Scouse Shield   Alex Mcleish         Rockling            2lb

OOL. –  Rob Scoines – Blonde ray – 21lb 11oz = Dartmouth

D Kyte Award  –    John Shapland   6 Mullet  –  628.395

Merit Award    –  Mark Jones  Outstanding catches including a skate of 193lb

Club Record –

Mark Jones Turbot 4lb 4oz. Shore

Robin Bond =  Gilthead bream – 5lb

Top Six –

Mark Jones thornback 14lb 8oz 131.818 S
Mark Jones small eyed ray 13lb 2oz 131.25 S
Mark Jones bull huss 13lb 6oz 133.75 S
Mark Jones spotted ray 5lb 111.111 S
Mark Jones smoothound 9lb 2oz 91.25 S
Mark Jones Blonde ray 15lb 3oz 125 S



Rob Sciones




1lb 10.5oz





Rob Scoines wrasse 3lb 9oz 79.167 S
Rob Scoines thick lipped grey mullet 4lb 7oz 104.412 S
Rob Scoines small eyed ray 9lb 13oz 98.125 B
Rob Scoines conger 39lb 130 B
Rob Scoines bass 8lb 8oz 106.25 S