South Wales Ray for North Devon angler

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Dan Spearman visited the South Wales Coastline ( Before the local lockdown) to target the fantastic ray fishing on offer. His journey was rewarded with this fine specimen blonde ray that pulled the scales to 17lb 5oz. The welsh coastline seems to be far more productive than the North Devon coast in recent seasons with ray, tope and smoothound fishing all making the headlines. Is this in part due to more anglers fishing or is it a better fishing area to due a healthier fishery environment?

Sea Angling Round Up!

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Triple Hook Clubs Annual Christmas Turkey Competition was plagued by raging flood waters that made fishing conditions challenging. Despite this several good fish were brought to the scales by the thirty-seven competitors ensuring turkeys for the successful anglers. John Passmore won the competition with a flounder scaling 1lb 91/8oz. In runner up spot was Julian Stainer with a flounder of 1lb 81/32oz.Third was Junior angler Ian Cairns with a flounder of 1lb 71/4oz and in forth Antony Smith with flounder of 1lb 41/2oz. In fifth was Tarrant Wotton with a flattie of 1lb 43/4oz and in sixth Mark Beer with a flounder of 1lb 31/4oz.

Shore sport along the North Devon coast has been slower than expected with the water coloured following recent winter storms I expected to be swamped with pictures of specimen fish. CMSAC member Dan Spearman caught this blonde ray of 12lb 11oz. James Gubb Fradgley caught a pleasing whiting of 1lb 8oz. This weekend see CMSAC and Triple Hook Club holding competitions it will be interesting to see what is tempted.

Dan Spearman

Big tope wins Lynmouth Open Competition

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Twenty anglers competed in Combe Martin Sea Angling Clubs week long competition to catch the best mixed brace of specimens. The event was held in conjunction with the Lyn Sailing Club with  proceeds split between Combe Martin SAC and the 1st  Lyn Scout Group. Several anglers invested a degree of effort into seeking out specimens from both boat and shore.

The presentation was held at the Ancient Mariner at Lynmouth as part of the Lynmouth Maritime Festival. The winner of the event was James Fradgley Gubb who boated a fine specimen tope of 50lb and a blonde ray of 12lb 12oz a combined rating of 210%.

James was also presented with a special prize from Ardosia Slate for the best specimen fish caught during the week.

Prize winners at Lynmouth

Results – 

1st James Gubb Fradgley – tope 50lb & blonde ray 12lb 12oz    210%

2nd – Dan Welch – smoothound 10lb 2oz &  blonde ray 11lb 14oz  200.208%

3rd – Rob Scoines – rockling 1lb 10oz & small eyed ray 8lb 6oz

Dan Welch – blonde ray – 11lb 14oz
Dan Welch – smoothound – 10lb 2oz
Rob Scoines- blonde ray caught off Minehead on Osprey
Rob Scoines – rockling 1lb 10oz
Dan Welch – Bull Huss 6lb 2oz
David Jenkins – small eyed ray 10lb 5oz Caught on Osprey off Minehead
Rob Scoines – bass caught on Osprey
Rob Scoines – ballan wrasse

Paul Lorrimore – small eyed ray caught on Osprey off Minehead