Sea Angling Update

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Several colourful wrasse have been caught by anglers fishing the rocky coastline near Ilfracombe with Paul Lorrimore landing a beautiful fish of 3lb 15oz.

Antony Smith took the top two spots in Bideford Angling Clubs twenty four hour sea rover with smoothound scaling 9lb 12.5oz and 9lb 9oz. In third place was Tarrant Wotton with a bass of 6lb 7oz.

Calm Summer weather = Tope

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Boat anglers are enjoying great sport off Ilfracombe as tope move following the arrival of mackerel.

( Above) Dan Welch – tope 40lb 8oz
Rex Bassett with a fine 50lb tope

Toby Bassett and his father Rex Bassett enjoyed an amazing evening out on their boat , “we bagged up on a few dozen mackerel nice and quick ,then handed out a little way and started the tope fishing ..only 2 caught mine going about 15lb so no need to weigh it then after a little wait dad’s rod screamed off and a lovely conditioned 50lb fish graced the deck she behaved very well and swam off nice and strong new boat p.b and dad’s p.b! Bring on the next trip!

Boat Sport Off Ilfracombe

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Anglers are enjoying some great sport off Ilfracombe from both Charter Boats and private boats. Bass, pollock and mackerel are being tempted on lures with bottom baits tempting tope and Huss.

Tope caught on Reel Deal

Bull Huss on Bluefin
Pollock – Bluefin

Tope – Reel Deal
bass – Bluefin

Dave Welch – 6lb +Pollock Private Boat off Ilfracombe

Massive tope brace off North Devon Coast

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Kevin Pike – 70lb tope

Kevin Pike has set a new Appledore Shipbuilders Angling Club record boating a huge tope of 70lb  whilst fishing off the North Devon Coast. Kevin was fishing from his own private boat with fellow club member Mike Toogood who also enjoyed success boating another huge tope of 68lb 8oz. The capture of two tope of this size in one session is an amazing feat that will be remembered for years to come as a red letter day proving the oft said saying that it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.

Mick Toogood – 68lb 8oz tope

SEA ANGLING – Round Up Sea Competitions return!

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Eighteen seniors fishing in Appledore Shipbuilders monthly Rover that was won by Jazza John with a bull huss of 10lb 2oz. James Atkinson took second and third with small eyed ray of 8lb 8oz and 7lb 7oz.

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Bideford Angling Clubs Rover was won by Paul Downing who caught a smoothound of 9lb 10oz. Stephen Found was runner up with a bull huss of 9lb 4.25oz and Tarrant Wotton third with a smoothound of 8lb 12oz. Forth place went to Tom Downing with a smoothound of 8lb 6oz and fifth Tony Gooch with a huss of 7lb 2oz. Pail Ackland was sixth with a smoothound of 6lb 13oz.