Notice is hereby given that the 2023 AGM will be held at the Bideford Conservative Club on Friday 17th November 19:30 – 20:00 sharp.

Please note that all proposals for changes to our rule’s or applications to join the committee need to be received by our secretary before midnight on Friday 27/10/2023.

Rule changes need a seconder.

Proposals for committee membership must have the agreement of the person, with a proposer and a seconder in writing.

All proposals must be with the secretary via email at [email protected]

Sea Angling Results – CMSAC and Bideford

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Combe Martin Sea Angling Clubs annual Lyn Fish competition concludes each year at Lynmouth with the meet up afterwards in the pub. This year’s meet up was in the Ancient Mariner where members were pleased to retire to the warmth of the bar after fishing around the harbour as a cold North Wind swept in.

October is generally a good month for targeting thick-lipped grey mullet and most members who fished the competition concentrated on these wily grey ghosts fishing several of the weekend’s tides.

I ( Wayne Thomas) was fortunate to win the competition with a mullet of 3lb 4oz and added a brace of mullet weighing 3lb 3oz each to secure the top three places. Dan Welch also caught several mullet to 2lb 9oz using float and feeder tactics. I was also surprised to catch a pollock of around 1lb 8oz using bread flake as bait.

Bideford Angling Clubs

October’s 48 hour result 

Only 1 fish weighed

1st Andrew Clements Wrasse 3lb 13 1/2oz  85.416%


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I was saddened to read of the death of Mike Millman a prominent angling Journalist whose words and pictures have been published throughout my angling life. I have chatted with Mike on a few occasions over the years and his passion and knowledge of angling history always shone through.

Times have changed dramatically since Mike Millmans younger days of angling adventure. He would certainly relish the influx of tuna into South West Waters.

“My interest in angling began during the war years when as a ten year old equipped with a ten foot bamboo rod purchased for 2d at a local seed merchants,thick cuttyhunk line, which was tied directly to the end of the cane, and a somewhat rusty hook, I would join with other boys and men too old for military service in pursuing mackerel from an old jetty.

Those were halcyon days when thousands of mackerel could be relied upon to arrive each summer evening, on the making tide, to feed on millions of brit that would form into huge ball for protection in the corner of a tiny harbour. Even now I can picture the predators slashing into the mass of tiny wriggling fish and feel the jerk on the line as one made a mistake and grabbed my hook, whch was wrapped in silver paper and dangled close to the ball.”

Extract from Sea Angling Supreme by Mike Millman publsiehd in 1979

He celebrated his 90th birthday on March 26 2023,

Through this passion and skill, combined with his love of fishing, he built a hugely successful career. Born in Plymouth in 1933.

Kyle braves the storm to land specimen brace

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Combe Martin SAC member Kyle Bishop braved stormy conditions to bank a superb brace of specimens including a new club record bull huss of 15lb 5oz and a tope of 46lb 2oz.

Banging trip out last month in the 50mph storm  headed to ruff ground mark in search of a big Huss on my own , giving 4m swells I armed my self with a life jacket and a shit load of leads , after losing a load of gear was gonna head home when my rod arched over and line peeled off after a good few attempts to land the tope I finally managed to get a grip on its tale in between the massive swells she went 46.2 , quick pic and back she went ,next cast I landed an absolute beast of a Huss going 15.5 and new pb after struggling to land that as well I was happy to call it a day as swells were to dangerous , take some beating a trip like that on my own.


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The Summerlands Dan Miles Redmore Memorial Trophy attracted fifty four competitors who raised over £400 for Little Bridge House Children’s Hospice. The bright sunny conditions made for a very enjoyable mornings fishing. The event was generously sponsored by  Quay Sports, Tesco, Wetherspoons. Blackmore Barbers, Mattys Barbers and Gratton’s Butchers. The winner was Simon Fewings with a flounder weighing 1lb 5.75oz. Marcus Horrel was runner up with prizes awarded down to 10th place. Max Chappel won the junior prize with Albi Clements runner up. Many thanks to Ebberly Arms for hosting the event.

Credit goes to David Jenkins of Bullet Bait and Tackle for organising the event that looks set to become a popular feature on North Devons angling fixture list.

Simon Fewings – Winner

1st Simon Fewings 1lb 53/4 oz

2nd Marcus Harrell

3rd Liz Squires 1lb 4oz

4th Peter Harris 

5th Nick Braunton

6th Anthony smith

7th Julian Stainer 

8th John Cardew

9th Dick Talbot

10th Rob Harris


1st Max Chappel

2nd Album clements


Best brace Simon fewings

David Jenkins with the cheque for Childrens Hospice South West