Specimen bass for Kevin Legge

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Combe Martin SAC member Kevin Legge landed this fine bass of 9lb 2oz from a local beach. The fish was tempted using Ammo mackerel and returned alive to the sea. I expect to see a few double figure fish caught over the coming months on both lures and baits. Big baits after dark on the beaches have a proven track record though there is plenty of room for experiment with bass that can be tempted using a wide range of tactics. Big bass venture into surprisingly shallow water where free-lined baits on light tackle can bring surprising results?

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Kevin Legge 9lb 2oz bass 

Dan lands fine ray brace to win Bideford Rover

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Anglers gathered at the club house for the best weigh in for several months with some fine fish visiting the scales.

Dan Redmore
Dan Redmore
Dan Redmore took first and second in Bideford Angling Clubs monthly rover landing a fine brace of  small eyed ray weighing in at 9lb 12oz and 9lb 81/4oz.  Graham Snow took third place with a thick lipped mullet of 3lb 15oz.  Lee Watts took fourth with a  smoothound of 9lb 11 1/4oz and fifth with a bass of 6lb 1oz.
Lee Watts
Lee Watts

A surprise bass!

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Callum Gove

Callum Gove fished the Upper estuary with a baited spinner intended for thin lipped grey mullet and hooked into a hard fighting bass of 7lb 7.5oz. It is not unheard of to hook large bass whilst targetting thin lipped grey mullet and from time to time double figure bass are landed by anglers trying something different.