SEA ANGLING – Weekend Report

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October signals the start of sea anglings most exciting season with a wealth of opportunity for the angler. The choices are endless with the humble flounder offering consistent sport in the estuary along with a sprinkling of silver bass. The beaches are likely to reward persistent anglers with the chance of a big bass or ray. From rock marks tope, conger, huss and ray are all likely. Scaled down rigs can bring a range of species including red mullet, sole and whiting with Ilfracombe Pier well worth try. Rock marks and harbours will bring great sport for mullet anglers.
Bideford Angling Club
October’s 24 hour results
1st Andrew Clements  Flounder 2lb 0 1/2 101.562%
2nd Terry Dymond  Flounder 1lb 14 93.750%
3rd Tony Gussin  Thornback Ray 8lb 5 92.361%
4th Terry Dymond Flounder 1lb 13 1/2 92.187%
Combe Martin SAC – Lyn Fish
Rob Scoines took the top two places in Combe Martin SAC’s Annual Lyn Fish boating  Bull Huss of 11lb 3oz and a blonde ray of 11lb 15oz. Jack Phillips was third with a thick lipped grey mullet of 2lb 12oz. The competition was concluded with members enjoying a delicious platter of chips, sandwiches and drinks at the

Bideford Angling Club – Monthly Coarse match

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Fifteen Bideford Club members fished the Tarka competition this month with some great weights being caught 14 people weighed in and with 11 people weighing in over 20lbs. First place went to Stephen cracker with a cracking bag of fish weighing 40lbs 10oz. In second place was John Lisle with 40lb 8oz third place was Roger Ackroyd with 39lbs 13oz forth place was Les Polden with 39lbs 4oz and fifth place went to Craig Lamey with 38lb 10oz Stephen Cracker was fishing on peg 21 and was fishing 13 metres to the island using worm over micro pellets to take today’s WIN well done.

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.


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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.

Sea Angling News Round up

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Andrew Clements secured victory in Bideford Angling Clubs monthly sea rover with a specimen thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 10oz. Runner up was Dick Talbot with a ballan wrasse of 4lb 11oz and third Graham Snow with a thick lipped grey mullet of 3lb 10oz.

Josh Atkinson won Appledore Shipbuilders rover with a black bream weighing 2lb 4oz. Richard Boon was runner up with a ballan wrasse of 4lb 13oz and Graham Snow third with his thick lipped grey mullet of 3lb 10oz.

Combe Martin SAC member Kevin Legge took a trip to the Somerset shoreline were he enjoyed sport with smoothound,  sole, ray and silver eels.

Bideford & District Evening Pairs Event

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BDAC Evening pairs event. Results:
1st Pair Kevin Shears and Craig Crash Lamey 52lb 2oz
2nd Tyler Scott and Antony Bentley 45lb 2oz
3rd Les Golden and Roger Ackroyd 41lb 11 oz
The decent weather continued , allowing us to fish our final evening match of this summer. The pairs format combines two anglers wieghts, Kevin and Craig have fished pegs 19 and 9 for a convincing victory. The lake has produced consistently good catches right through the series, a credit to all involved.


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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.

Bideford and District Angling Club versus Plymouth and District Coarse Angling Club

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for the report
Bideford and District Angling Club versus Plymouth and District Coarse Angling Club,
Tarka Swims,.
Results Individuals :
1st Kevin Shears 37lb
2nd Les Polden 34lb 4oz
3rd Keith Mountjoy  29lb 11oz
4th Nathan Underwood 25lb 1oz
5th Graham Johnson 22lb 11oz
6th Colin Cherrington 19lb 12oz .
Team results BDAC 230lb 4oz PDCAC 63lb 4oz Over both legs 264lb to 93lb .
The second leg of this annual 12 aside competition was held on George’s Lake , we got a brief soaking whilst setting up but the day improved for the 5 hour contest, Kevin led Bideford to a resounding victory, with an impressive net of mainly skimmer bream caught on the pole on peg 7 . Bideford filled the top 4 berths, 2nd place was Les with another pole caught net on peg 11 . Plymouth’s best, Graham Johnson took 5th spot with a feeder caught net of carp on peg 8. We thank the lads from Plymouth and hope to see them all again next time.