Sea Angling Round Up

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Cooler temperatures a bit of fresh and the flounder season is well underway. Flattie fanatic David Jenkins has been targeting the Taw flatties catching close to 100 up to 1lb 8oz during a weeks fishing for his favourite fish. He also caught several bass with several over 3lb.

Steve Finn with a good sized Taw flounder.

Bideford Angling Clubs monthly Rover was dominated by flounder.

1st Julien Stainer – flounder 1lb 8.5oz 76.562%

2nd  Andy Sanders – flounder 1lb 7oz 71.875%

3rd Dick Talbot flounder – 1lb 5oz 65.625%

3rd Julien Stainer flounder –  1lb 5oz 65.625%

Appledore Ship-Builders

Fourteen members fished the clubs October rover. Andrew Atkinson was victorious with a Pouting of 1lb 3 1/4ozs. He also claimed second place with another Pouting of 1lb 1 1/4ozs. Michael Hammett was 3rd with another Pouting of 1lb 1oz.
 A reminder to club members that the Agm is on Friday 22nd. October. This will be held at The Royal Appledore 7pm start. Agenda will be emailed out to the members soon.
October is great month for the sea angler with a vast range of species available from both the estuary and the Open coast. The next two months offer the best chance of a double figure bass so I look forward to receiving a few reports from North Devons angling fraternity.

Appledore Shipbuilders Boat Competition

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Thomas Atkinson won Appledore Shipbuilder’s September boat competition with a 2lb 6 1/2oz Trigger Fish.
Scad were pinching the Baits aimed for Black bream but one of these at 14 1/2ozs was big enough to give David Atkinson 2nd place.  Owen Atkinson was third with a 5lb Bass.
One boat reported catching plenty of Pack Tope around 25lb along with a couple of Thornbacks and small Huss.


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North Devons angler’ s had mixed sport over the weekend with a wide variety of species landed. There have been reports of good numbers of mackerel in Bideford Bay which is good news but very late in the season.
Bideford Angling Club – Competition Result
September 24 hour results
10 angler’s fished
3 fish caught
1st Antony Smith  Small Eyed Ray 8lb 4 91.666%
2nd Julien Stainer Small Eyed Ray 8lb 2 90.277%
3rd Graham Snow Thinlipped Mullet 3lb 9 1/2 89.844%

Appledore Shipbuilders BASS COMPETITION

Seven anglers fished Appledore Shipbuilders Annual Bass comp at Westward Ho!
Three bass were caught along with a few Small small eyed ray and a Conger.
Winner was Owen Atkinson with a fine fish of 7lb 0oz 4dr he was also second with another Bass weighing 4lb 7oz 12dr

Combe Martin SAC – Competition

Kevin Legge won Combe Martin SAC’s early September competition with a bull huss of 7lb 3oz. Ross Stanway won the species challenge of the competition with four species that included a red mullet.


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Bideford August Rover Results

1st Julien Stainer – smoothound 9lb 10 1/2oz

2nd Andrew Clements – thick lipped mullet 3lb 4oz

                                            3rd Julien Stainer  – smoothound 8lb

13 members fished in Appledore Shipbuilders  August Rover.
Michael Hammett took the honours with a fine specimen Smoothound of 13lb 10 1/4ozs. He also came second with another specimen Smoothound of 11lb 2ozs. 3rd was Keiran Jewell with another Nice Smoothound of 9lb 10ozs.

Fine wrasse wins trophy

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Michael Hammett won Appledore Shipbuilders Gordon Harrower Trophy.
Members fished their away day this year on the North Cornwall coastline. The winning fish was Michaels colourful Ballan Wrasse of 4lb 7ozs.
All anglers reported catching several wrasse mainly around the 2 to 2 1/2 lb Mark, a few Dogfish and strap congers.
All fished were returned alive.

Appledore Shipbuilders Boat Competition Results

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12 members in 6 different boats fished in Appledore Shipbuilders  June Boat Competition.
Weather was very kind for a change, with calm seas on an easy swell.
Plenty of Smoothounds were caught with many in the 8 to 10lb range along with a couple of Tope and several Bull Huss.
All fish safely returned to fight another day.
Winner was Michael Toogood  with a Specimen Smoothound of 15lb 2ozs.
In a very close 2nd was Thomas Atkinson with another Smoothound of 15lb 0ozs and 3rd was Kevin Pike  also with a Smoothound of 13lb 14ozs
Best Tope recorded was a near Specimen of 37lb 4ozs caught by Andrew Atkinson.
Let’s hope we get more days like this on Competition days !


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Bideford Rover Results

1st Julien Stainer  Dogfish 2lb 13.5oz 94.791%

2nd Jon Stevens Pouting 1lb 5oz 87.5%

3rd Paul Downing Whiting (bait) 15oz 62.5%

18 Anglers fished the January rover
Many people reported that the fishing was a struggle and that that the cold NE Wind had put a lot of fish off from feeding.
There were some good fish weighed in with the Winning fish being a 1lb 14oz 4dr Whiting caught by Andrew Atkinson
Second and third with Poutings of 1lb 6oz 4 dr and 1lb 2oz 12dr was James Atkinson.
Combe Martin SAC December Results
David Brooke won the December competition with a specimen conger of 26lb 10oz.
Runner up Kevin Legge with his bass of 10lb 12oz and third Mark Jones with a conger of 23lb 2oz.
General round up.
The bitter cold North East Wind has undoubtedly impacted upon both the fishes willingness to feed and the anglers enthusiasm to chase them.  Despite this a few fish have been caught including a few codling to 6lb.
Ross Stanway – 6lb plus codling

Jamie Steward with a pleasing codling.


Appledore Shipbuilders – Boat Competition Results

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1st Mike Toogood Tooe 39lbs 8 oz

2nd Kev Pike bull Huss 13lbs 2 oz

3rd Mike Toogood Tope 32lbs 4 oz

Appledore Shipbuilders set forth in their latest boat competition with a cracking forecast and nice tides.
Weather hadn’t been kind for the boat comps since lockdown ended so everyone was looking forward to getting this one fished. Seven members fished the comp and reports from the boats during the day stated that large catches of pack Tope, many around the 20lb mark were giving everyone great sport.
Scad were also abundant on the small baits making it difficult to fish for other species on the reefs.
One angler reported catching 12 different species from their boat.