Bideford Angling Clubs -48-hour competition results
10 angler’s fished
3 fish weighed
1st Julien Stainer Bull Huss 10lb 12 1/2oz 107.812%
2nd Julien Stainer Bull Huss 10lb 8 1/2oz 105.312%
3rd Antony Smith Thornback Ray 6lb 14 1/2oz 76.736%
May rover results
13 angler’s fished 5 fish caught
1st Stephen Found Bull Huss 15lb 4 1/2oz 152.812%
2nd Nathan Clements Thornback Ray 7lb 12 1/2oz 86.485%
3rd Paul Ackland Smoothound 7lb 10 1/2oz 76.562%
4th Stephen Found Spotted Ray 3lb 4oz 72.222%
5th Antony Smith Thornback Ray 6lb 7oz 71.527%
Appledore Shipbuilders May Rover
12 Anglers fished the May Rover . Jazza John took the honours with a Smoothound of 8lb 6 1/2ozs. Second place went to Richard Boon with another Smoothound of 7lb 9ozs and Third was Chris Slade, also with a Smoothound of 7lb 8 1/2ozs.
April Rover results
1st Antony Smith Small Eyed Ray 8lb 1oz 89.583%
2nd Elliot Clements Dogfish 1lb 15 1/4oz 65.104%
Wayne Thomas took top spot in Combe Martin SAC’s April Rover with a boat caught small eyed ray of 7lb. Nick Phillips was runner up with a thick lipped grey mullet of 2lb 3.5oz.
Hopefully with the oncoming Spring and warmer temperatures sport will start to pick up along the coast. Smoothound will be caught from all the familiar marks over coming weeks along with a few bass. The estuary will be well worth trying for bass and mullet with the chance of gilthead bream.
Small eyed ray will be worth targeting from surf beaches with Woolacombe and Putsborough favourites.
Thick lipped grey mullet are already being caught from local harbours and offer excellent sport on light tackle.
Fly Fishing in saltwater is growing in popularity with bass and grey mullet offering some exciting and at times challenging opportunities from the estuary and local surf beaches.
Andrew Clements won Bideford Angling Clubs twenty-four hour rover with a massive Bull Huss scaling 15lb 11.25oz. The fish was caught from a North Devon rock mark and is one of the biggest huss caught from the North Devon coast in recent decades.
March 24 hour results
1st Andrew Clements Bull Huss 15lb 11oz 1/4 157.031%
2nd Antony Smith Dog 2lb 3oz 72.916%
3rd Antony Smith Dog 2lb 2oz 1/2 71.875%
Bideford Angling Clubs twenty-four rover resulted in just one fish being registered at the end of the match. A dogfish scaling 1lb 15.75oz to the rod of Nathan Clements.
Appledore Shipbuilders February Rover was equally uninspiring with Josh Atkinson registering the winning fish a dogfish of 2lb.
Spring is often a lean time for the sea angler with winter species departing and fish of the warmer months yet to arrive. Early bass and ray could be worth targeting with bull huss likely from rock marks.