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.


Appledore Shipbuilders Result

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Appledore boat competition results 
1st Owen Atkinson with a bull huss 11lb 4oz,
2nd David Atkinson bull huss 10lb 5oz 
3rd Andrew Atkinson with a bass 6lb.
The Atkinson family enjoyed some great sport during Appledore Shipbuilders boat competition. In addition to the fish brought to the scales they enjoyed sport with numerous hard fighting tope.
Cameron Atkinson with a 27lb tope.


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Graham Snow secured first and second in Bideford Angling Clubs Monthly Rover landing a fine brace of mullet. A thick lip of 5lb 21/4oz and a thin lip of 4lb 53/8oz. He also took first in Appledore Shipbuilders Monthly Rover with the thick lipped mullet of 5lb 21/4oz  Jazza John took runner up spot in Appledore Shipbuilders Rover with a smoothound scaling 11lb 15/8oz and Graham took third with his thin lipped mullet of 4lb 53/8oz.. Jack Pike dominated the Junior section with ballan wrasse scaling 3lb 13oz, 3lb 8oz and 2lb 14oz.

Combe Martin SAC members continue to compete in their two month long species competition. John Shapland is currently leading with 31 species with Dan Welch very close behind of 30 species.

I have had a couple of visits to the coast to try and add a couple of species to my own tally but have struggled to catch a fish let alone species and those that I have caught tended to be those few I have already caught. Bit of a reality check after a week in Norway catching big fish!

Ross Stanway got among the spotted ray at Ilfracombe landing five in a short session.

Combe Martin SAC’s Fun Fishing Event has been rescheduled to Saturday September 2nd as a result of boat landings on the Sunday. Full details of this event will follow shortly.

Sea Angling Results

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Paul Downing won Appledore Shipbuilders monthly Rover with a  fine undulate ray scaling 11lb 121/8oz.

Graham Snow took second and third with thin lipped grey mullet scaling 3lb 145/8oz and 2lb 143/8oz

The junior prize was won by Jack Pike with a smoothound of 6lb 121/2oz.

Appledore Shipbuilders annual away trip fishing for the Gordon Harrower Trophy was held on Plymouth Breakwater where the fishing proved more challenging than expected. James Atkinson secured top spot with a thick lipped grey mullet scaling 3lb 8oz. Runner up was Chris Slade with a conger of 15lb 8oz and third Michael Hammett with a dogfish of 2lb 61/2oz.

Dan Redmore took first in Bideford’s monthly Rover with a plaice of 3lb 6oz. In runner up spot was Paul Downing with an undulate ray of 11lb 121/8oz and Graham Snow was third with a thin-lipped mullet of 3lb 145/8oz and third was Andrew Clements with a grey mullet of 3lb 6oz. Forth went to Graham Snow with a mullet of 2lb 143/4oz and fifth to Steven Found with a mullet of 2lb 61/4oz.


COMBE MARTIN SAC’s Fish of the month competition was won by Dan Spearman with a smoothound scaling 12lb 14oz. Runner up was Ollie Passmore with a hound of 12lb 6oz and James Hunter third with a thin lipped mullet of 4lb 1oz.