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It seems that summer fishing is on its way with smoothound moving into their summer haunts and putting bends in anglers rod at last after what has been a difficult spring. There have also been a few bass tempted from marks around Ilfracombe with fish tempted on lures in the clearing water.

Bideford Monthly Rover results

1st  Andrew Clements wrasse 4 lb 9oz         91.250%

2nd Terry Dymond  smooth-hound 8 lb 8oz  85%

3rd  Taz Watton thornback 7 lb 1oz              78.472%

Appledore Shipbuilders Rover

Smoothound dominated the results for Appledore Shipbuilders with Michael Toogood securing top spot with a fine hound of 14lb 2.75oz.

1st    Michael Toogood   smoothound 14lb 2 3/4oz

2nd   Kevin Pike  smoothound 9lb 15 1/4oz

3rd    Jazza John   smoothound 9lb 1/2oz

Junior angler Jack Pike set a new Junior Club Record with a hound of 13lb 7 5/8oz.

The coming weekend sees Combe Martin SAC hosting the annual Putsborough beach open. The warmer condtions should have brought small eyed ray into the shallows where they feed primarily on sandeels.

Combe Martin Sea Angling Club

Presents Our

Putsborough Sands

Open Fishing Competition 2018

Saturday May 12th

Fishing From 9.30pm to 1.30am

Book In From 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Weigh In By 2.00am

Cash Prizes Of £100 & £50

Sakuma, High Street Tackle,

And Many Other Donated Prizes

2 Rods, 4 Hooks, Specimen Sizes

Entry £5 plus £1 Pool Best Brace

Phone Nick 814703 Or Wayne 850586

For More Details Please Check Or Our Facebook Page

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Sea Angling News and prospects

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(Above) Many thanks to Josh Atkinson for this stunning picture.

Sea anglers are certainly having a lean time with just three fish weighed into Bideford Angling Clubs Monthly Rover. Dick Talbot dominated the results with a brace of wrasse for first and second weighing 3lb 13oz and 3lb 6oz. Andrew Clements took third spot with a spotted ray of 3lb 1/4oz. In Appledore Shipbuilders Rover the eighteen competing anglers failed to find a fish big enough to bother the scales. Several members of the club ventured to south coast venues in search of plaice where they enjoyed some success but none above the qualifying weight for the scales.

As temperatures start to creep up fishing should improve and the first bass should soon be caught from the lower estuary. The local surf beaches will produce ray that move inshore to feed on sandeel in the surf. Grey mullet are already present along the coast and the first thin-lipps should be in the estuary’s as soon as the flood water subsides. Rough ground marks on the coast will yield bull huss and the occasional conger.

Anglers fishing Ilfracombe Pier with small worm baits can expect plaice and dabs.

Dogfish will provide plenty of rattles on the rod tips.

Sea Angling Club Results

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Barnstaple Triple Hook Club – Windy Shield Trophy competition was won by Mark Hancock with a dogfish of 2lb 13/4oz. In runner up spot was Dennis Toleman with a dogfish of 2lb 3/4oz. Dennis also told me that he caught a tasty codling of around 3lb 8oz.

Bideford Angling Clubs 24 Hour Rover

 1st Dick Talbot Thornback ray 9 lb 6oz 104.166%

2nd Nathan Clements small-eyed ray 9lb 5 103.472%

3rd kyle Blackmore spur 9lb 14oz 98.750%

Appledore Shipbuilders Winter League

Graham Snow specializes in catching grey mullet and proves that they are now an all round year round species to target.

1st – Graham Snow – grey mullet 3lb 47/8oz

2nd – Graham Snow – Grey Mullet 3lb 41/2oz

3rd Cameron Atkinson – whiting 151/8oz

Sea Angling Results

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A good weigh in for both Bideford Angling Club and Appledore Shipbuilders. A bitter North East Wind is never promising but if the fish are there it proves they can be tempted.

Bideford Rover and the End of Season competition

End of season results

1st Tarrant Wotton bull huss 11 lb 11oz

2nd Dan Redmore spur 10 lb 15oz

Rover results

1st Tarrant Wotton bull huss 11 lb 11oz

2nd Phil Vanstone rockling 1lb 8oz

3rd Steve found rockling 1lb 4oz

4th graham snow mullet 3 lb

5th Nathan Clements dogfish 2lb 0 1/2oz

6th Dick Talbot rockling 1lb


1st – Jazzer John – Flounder 1lb 9oz

2nd – Graham Snow – Grey Mullet 3lb

3rd – Jazzer John – Flounder 1lb 6oz

Appledore Shipbuilders Christmas Result

(Above)Heidi Green with a flounder caught in Appledore Shipbuilders Christmas Competition

Ragworm have been hard to dig this year which may have contributed to a slightly lower than normal attendance of twenty six in Appledore Shipbuilders Christmas Competition. Fishing was steady with only two members not being able to tempt a flounder and 55 fish brought back to the scales with the majority returned after being weighed. The winner of this year’s competition and taking home the trophy and the XL turkey was Terry Dymond who caught a fine flounder of 1lb 12, the runner up was Theresa Babb who pushed Terry close with a 1lb 11 1/8ozs, in third was David Langbridge with a flounder of 1lb 10 1/4ozs. Best fish by a Junior was Chelsea Babb with a flounder of 1lb 9 3/8ozs.

Appledore Shipbuilders Presentation NIght

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Many thanks to James Atkinson for his report on their successful presentation night. Congratulations to all the winners.

A.S.A.C enjoyed their 2016/2017 presentation evening at the Appledore Social Club and were delighted with the amount of members that turned up to support the event. The cups and shields were well spread out this year and it was nice to see the junior anglers amongst the prizes; Jack Pike collected 6 cups including heaviest fish with his new club record Tope of 52lb, the annual Bass comp winner, best Bass from the shore and Junior Champion. Nalani Knox won best specimen by a lady with her 2lb 4oz Flounder and also Junior Runner up. The specimen trophy went to Paul Downing for best fish in a monthly rover. James Atkinson took the best specimen from a boat along with the best of 3 cup. Andrew Atkinson managed the best specimen from the shore and Cameron Atkinson had best specimen in a club organised event. An amazing year on the Mullet helped Graham Snow secure the shore championship and the Mullet shield. Michael Toogood became the first winner of the new Winter League Cup and that will be a fixture in the A.S.A.C yearly calendar from now on. The small boat championship was not helped by the weather this year but it was still fished with Cameron Atkinson as Victor and Owen Atkinson a close second. Best skipper went to David Atkinson on Hooker. All of the fixed venue competitions were won this year. The Gordy Harrower away day was fished on the Plymouth Breakwater and was won by James Atkinson. Andrew Atkinson took the Easter Comp fish on Appledore rocks and Jack Pike won the Bass Comp from Westward Ho! Beach. All in all it’s been a fantastic year for the club with good entries to the monthly and fixed venue competitions. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Summerlands Tackle for their support with the draw prize and also to everyone that turned up with a prize for the table. We would also like to say a big thank you to the kids that went around selling the raffle tickets. Let’s hope this season is just as good – if not better! A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

Sea Angling Weekend Round Up!

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Bideford Angling Clubs twenty four Hour Rover was won by Nathan Clements with a fine conger of 28lb 3.5oz.(Pictured above) In second place was Lee Watts with a spotted ray of 3lb 6.5oz and in third Lee Watts with a dogfish of 2lb 2oz.

Appledore Shipbuilders 24 hour Rover was won by Josh Atkinson with a small-eyed-ray of 5lb 15oz(Below). Runner up was Graham Snow with a thick lipped grey mullet of 2lb 12oz.

Ross Stanway took the top two places Combe Martin SAC’s Lee to Lee Competition with conger of 16lb 12oz and 14lb 8oz.

In third place was James Thomas with a dogfish of 1lb 13oz. Jack Phillips took forth place with a smoothound of 5lb 4oz a surprise catch from Combe Martin’s Bottom Deck probably the first of this species ever landed from this mark. (Below)

Several quality fish were also landed over the weekend by anglers not fishing in club competitions. Dale Kiff landed a fine conger of 19lb 14oz.

Kody Chugg Fished an up channel mark to land a personal best small eyed ray of 7lb 10oz. (Below)


Sea Angling – Results round up.

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Jazza John secured the top spots in Appledore Shipbuilders monthly rover with flounder scaling 1lb 105/8oz and 1lb 93/4oz. In third was James Atkinson with a whiting scaling 157/8oz. Jack Pike took first and second in the junior section with flounder of 1lb and 157/8oz.

Antony Smith weighed in a thick-lipped grey mullet of 3lb 2 1/2oz that was the only fish weighed into Bideford Angling Clubs Monthly Sea Rover. The fish was tempted on a half a side of mackerel. Grey Mullet were once considered a summer species but recent seasons have seen the species caught all year round from marks along the North Devon Coast.

Large numbers of small conger and dogfish are proving a nuisance out on the open coast with baits devoured before larger specimens get a chance,

Sea Angling News round up!

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Autumn is one of the best months for the shore angler with plenty of species to target from both the open coast and estuary. Several ray have been landed from Ilfracombe Pier so I suspect local beaches could bring excellent results. Big bass and conger could also show on many beaches at this time of year with the outside chance of a tope. Below are a few recent catches from the North Devon Coast.

(Above) Ollie Passmore landed this fine small eyed ray of 9lb 13oz whilst fishing from Ilfracombe Pier a mark that can throw up a wide variety of species during the Autumn months.

(Above) James Thomas with a small eyed ray of 6lb 15oz also caught from Ilfracombe Pier.

Above – Brad Munden landed this small eyed ray of 10lb 8oz.

Above -John Shapland landed this stunning red mullet from a local shore mark.

Above -Rob Scoines fished the Taw estuary and found the flounder on the feed landing several to 1lb 6oz.

Graham Snow won Appledore Shipbuilders Monthly Rover with a thick lipped grey mullet of 3lb 6oz. Jazza John was runner up with a flounder weighing 1lb 107/8oz and Graham Snow third with a thin lipped mullet of 3lb 51/4oz. This success for Graham Snow seals victory for him as this years club shore champion with 46 points. James Atkinson and Andrew Atkinson are runners up with 24 points each.

Graham Snow also dominated Bideford Angling Clubs monthly sea match landing thick lipped mullet of 3lb 6oz and 3lb 5/7oz to take first and second and thin lips of 3lb 51/4oz and 3lb 5oz for third and forth. Dick Talbot took fifth with whiting of 1lb 3oz.