Bideford Christmas – Competition Result

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There was an impressive entry in this Bideford and District Angling Clubs Christmas Match on the Torridge Estuary with 69 entrants casting their lines in search of flounder. Bideford give many thanks to their generous sponsors :-D+S Electric,Anglers Heaven,Summerlands Tackle,Honeys Butchers,The Bell Parkham,M.Watts and Sons,Ray Toms David Grigg+sons,Bideford Angling club,Kyile Blackmore and Ian Hooper.


Paul Downing+Lisa Downing worked extremely hard  getting all the prizes together and thanks to  Phil Vanstone for gathering the draw prizes and lovely food


1st  Lee Newcombe – Flounder 1lb 31/4oz
2nd Martin Johns – Flounder 1lb 23/4oz
3rd  Howard Lewis – Bass 3lb 13oz


1st Sam ray – Flounder 1lb 1/4oz
2nd Alyssa Williams – Flounder 141/4oz
3rd Tommy Taylor – 13oz

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News from the coast

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Daniel Welch fished a local rock mark to land a specimen conger eel scaling 20lb 12oz. The eel was one of several and was significant in that it had a bite mark that had partially severed its tail. Likely candidates are seals, tope or shark?

15284048_10154606267785560_693102248866085419_n15284038_10154606267825560_616599961698835370_n While most sea anglers are targetting big fish from the coast with baits Jeremy Johnson and Antony Jestin followed a hunch and set out with their lure rods and enjoyed some fine sport landing nine bass between 2lb and 2lb 8oz. Nothing big but a great catch at this time of the year when most anglers have put such tackle away. In these times of changing climate it is vital that anglers experiment and try to think outside of the conventional. Fish according to the prevailing conditions, challenge normality and experiment.




How time flies I thought when  Danny Watson at Ilfracombe’s High Street Tackle told me that he and his partner Pauline Chard had been running the shop for three years. In that time they have built up an impressive range of stock covering all disciplines of angling. Danny has a particular passion for lures which is reflected in the range of lures carried in the shop with top brands represented including Fiiish Black minnow, Delande, IMO, HTO and several GT Ice cream surface lures. I was discussing lure fishing in depth with Danny and the application of lures outside of the traditionally accepted season. Strangely this was highlighted when I received reports of a good catch of bass from a North Devon mark using lures.


In addition to lures the shop also has an impressive selection of rods and reels by top brands including Penn and Tronix. Looking along the rod racks it is amazing what is available these days at a very modest cost with plenty of rods retailing for less than £50.


They also have a good stock of frozen bait including AMMO. Next Summer High Street Tackle are proud to be supporting Combe Martin Sea Angling Clubs Fun Fishing Event in conjunction with the SEA-ILFRACOMBE FESTIVAL.

In the run up to Christmas High Street Tackle certainly has plenty to offer with a wealth of stocking fillers to please any angler.



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Andrew Atkinson secured victory in Appledore Shipbuilders Rover with a fine flounder of 2lb 21/4oz. In second and third place was Graham Snow with a flounder of 1lb105/8oz and 1lb 87/8oz. The Junior section was taken by Cleo Babb with a flounder of 1lb 1oz. Twenty seven keen members fished the event in a bitter East wind with temperatures barely above zero.

Andrew Atkinson – Flounder 2lb 21/4oz

Appledore hold their Christmas Competition at Heanton Court on the Taw Estuary next week fishing 9.00am until 1:30pm.

Monthly rover results 4/12/2016
1st Andy Clements flounder 1lb 13 1/4oz 91.406%
2nd Graham snow flounder 1lb 10 1/2oz  82.812%
3rd Graham snow flounder 1lb 8 3/4oz    77.343%
4th Andy Clements flounder 1lb 7 1/2oz   73.437%
5th Nathan Clements flounder 1lb 5 1/2oz  67.187%
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Dennis Toleman Triple Hook Clubs Open Flounder Competition with a flattie of 1lb 113/4oz. Robbie Hancock was runner up with a flounder of 1lb 101/2oz and third John Vaughan with a flounder of 1lb95/8oz.



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There are rewards for those who are prepared to brave the cold and venture out onto the rocks and beaches along North Devon’s coast.

Whiting,dogfish, conger and huss are dominating catches with a few spurdog beginning to show and don’t write off the chance of a big bass.

15192609_1329604683737925_2152141824782694040_nKyle Bishop landed this 28lb tope back in October after numerous blank outing in search of these hard fighting shark. (Above) Still every chance of one of these before the end of the year!

Several bull huss have been tempted over recent days including this fine specimen to the rod of Ollie Passmore that weighed 9lb 1oz. ( Below)


(Above) Young Archie Porter with a fine 7lb bull huss caught from a local beach.



There is no place better for buying tackle than your local tackle shop and before Christmas I intend to visit the local shops that have supported North Devon Angling News in its first six months. I started today at Summerlands Tackle at Westward Ho! This well established family run tackle shop has been trading for as long as I can remember and has a fantastic range of products for all angling disciplines. In my view its far better to walk into a shop and see the products. Tackle shops are also at the heart of the angling social scene a place where anglers often bump into old friends and swap tales from the waters edge.


Among the many offers in the store on the run up to Christmas are :-

 PENN 525 Mag Reel RRP £169.99 on offer for  £89.99 with free Rovex line

Preston Innovation Thermal Suit RRP £139.99  on offer for £119.99

Chub RS Flat bed+ Bed-chair RRP £109.99 On offer for £54.00   “Limited Stock”

All Subject to availability.


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Jon gets spurred on in the cold night

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Jon Patten has allowed me to post his latest exploit here on North Devon Angling News. This is the second spurdog I have heard of from the shore so far this year which is a promising sign so early in the winter season.

Decided on a little evening session the other night based on the hunch that there may have been a spur or two about from one of the local beaches,With temperatures failing to minus 5 we hoped that we would be busy thus keeping us warm. Baits were sent out into the murky depths of the Bristol channel where hopefully something would dine on our scrumptious offering, Barely 10 minutes had passed and the first of our bites came, in fact a flurry of bites consisting mainly of dogfish, eels,whiting and huss……Nothing big but enough to keep us occupied which was very pleasing watching the rods continuously nodding amongst an array of shooting stars coming down from the skies
Our session was almost over when i saw a bite that after a couple of pulls the line fell slack almost to the floor,a couple of turns of the handle saw tension regained and a swift movement of the rod top saw weight at the end of my line
After a little bit of a scrap i could see eyes at the waters edge signalling the reflective eyes of our intended quarry the spurdog, it might not have been a big one ………but the account was open and hopefully the first of several this winter as this once rare visitor now visits our shores more frequently than years gone by
Varivas sport 20lb main line, 130lb flouro carbon trace and 8/0 BMX hooks
Bait used ……squid, sandeel, mackerel and bluey


Winter Boat sport off Ilfracombe

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Many thanks to Toby Bassett who sent me this report and pictures of a very enjoyable day on John Barbeary’s Bluefin off Ilfracombe .

I am sure the bigger spurdog will start to show soon and there is every chance as the winter progresses that someone will hook that elusive big cod or fifty pound plus conger.

Fishing aboard the bluefin..with john Barbeary, Dave Clements. Pete Gregory, Troy Laing .loads of huss..and small female spurs…cracking weather with the sun shining all day long….also caught were. Eels. Dogfish, a thornback ray…Good fun had by all with plenty of banter and early Christmas cheer.



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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

An appeal to all anglers from the Angling Trust

Readers of North Devon sea Angling News
Please act now to to stop bass netting and get a fairer deal for sea anglers. Sign the petition and share on your Facebook page.

The Angling Trust is pressing hard to secure a better outcome for threatened bass stocks at the crucial forthcoming meeting of EU fisheries ministers on December 12th.
Across Northern Europe, sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers to follow scientific advice and introduce the necessary conservation measures. The Angling Trust and Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (B.A.S.S.) have pressed hard for a ban on bass netting and we fully support the EU Commission’s proposals for 2017 for a sustainable and well managed recreational and commercial hook and line only bass fishery.
Last year’s disproportionate restrictions on anglers and increased commercial catch limits were bad for bass, bad for coastal businesses, bad for the tackle trade and damaging to our sport. The Commission’s proposals would not only see the removal of the damaging bass nets, which also kill sea birds, porpoises, dolphins and seals, but the introduction of a more flexible monthly bag limit for anglers. This would be good news for the struggling charter boat fleet and for the fishing tackle trade as more anglers would once again go bass fishing.
But there’s a real danger that the proposals will be watered down in the face of political pressure from commercial fishermen and so we need to stand up and be counted as anglers.
The campaign seems to be going well and we already have over 6,000 signatures on our national petition. Lots of people have gone on to the campaign page to either sign or to send an email to their MP. However, we need to keep the pressure up and this is where YOU can help.
It would be great if you could sign the petition and share on YOUR Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to send on to friends and family, too!
Click here to sign the petition
If you use Facebook and/or Twitter, then please post a message along these lines (you can use the image at the top of this email):
“Let’s support our fellow anglers by signing the national petition to get rid of the damaging bass nets and give these wonderful fish a future. The decision will be made on December 12th so we’ve not got long. Click here to sign. It only takes a minute so…PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE NOW.”
Should you wish to know any further information, click here for our full briefing.
We have a wonderful opportunity to save our bass and move to a net free fishery as, for once, the EU Commission have adopted what we anglers have been demanding for years. Your help in making this happen would be greatly appreciated.
Best wishes and many thanks for your support on this and other issues.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive
Angling Trust & Fish Legal

Taw in top Flounder form

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A Charity Competition based at the Rolle Quay Inn raised over £700 for  Willand House. The flounder competition was won by David Jenkins who landed three flounder for a total weight of 5lb 123/4oz. The bag included a fine flounder of 2lb 61/2oz that won the biggest flounder of the day prize.

15205624_10154127478241538_1152717772_oSteve Luxton was runner up in the competition with a three fish bag of 5lb 3/8oz and David Jenkins son Charlie secured third place with three fish for 4lb 61/4oz. Louis Rooke took the prize for smallest flounder of the day at 14oz.

15215761_10154128792021538_748629422_oCharlie Jenkins

Large numbers of flounder were landed over the weekend in the competition and by pleasure anglers taking advantage of excellent conditions following the recent floodwater tat has flushed out the bait robbing crabs and accumulations of leaves. John Shapland fishing a session on Monday November 28th landed a fine brace of flounder weighing 1lb 14oz and 1lb 10oz.