Stunning Images of Summer Sea Angling

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Combe Martin SAC member Dan Welch has been enjoying some superb fishing from both the boat and shore. Early morning images, bass, mackerel are all the essence of summer sport on our beautiful and rugged coastline. Many thanks to Dan for letting me publish his stunning images.

 “loads of mackerel tonight haven’t had mackerel like that for 10-20 years” Dan told me

Family Boat Fishing off Ilfracombe

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The Welch family enjoyed a superb day afloat on their boat beneath a vivid blue sky and on calm waters. Tope, pollock, bass and bull Huss all gave good sport.

Some stunning weather and good sport on the boat this weekennd , went out Saturday and Sunday for short sessions over high tide. The mackerel are still very scarce and no pollack inshore either. Saturday was all about the tope with quite a few, nothing big most around 20lb, big enough to give a good scrap especially for my wife Lyn I think it’s her first tope. Sunday was a trip out with my dad loads of bass and pollack all caught on light spinning gear the best was a 10lb 8oz pollack. All but a couple fish were returned. As the tide slackened off we decided to put the anchor down and try for some tope, no tope but we had some nice Huss to just over 13lb. I did hook and lose what felt like a really good tope but unfortunately the leader broke. Welsh boats fishing the west side of Lundy were reporting good numbers of mackerel so hopefully we will see them on the next set of bigger tides. Fingers crossed for some more good weather.

Lyn Welch with a tope
(Above) Dave Welch with a double figure pollock
Dan Welch with fine pollock
Dan Welch with silver bass
Dan Welch with double figure bass

Boat Sport with improved weather

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Boat anglers have been able to get afloat and enjoy some great sport with some of the channels predators. James Gubb Fradgley fished from his own boat off Lynmouth to tempt this hard fighting conger of 36lb.

Stef Jones had a good day chasing tope boating four  best going 42lb, he also tempted huss, pollack, a nice plump codling about 4 1/2lb, mackerel and loads of smoothies best 12lb 6oz.

(Below) A nice tope landed on Bluefin.

Boat Sport Off Ilfracombe

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Anglers are enjoying some great sport off Ilfracombe from both Charter Boats and private boats. Bass, pollock and mackerel are being tempted on lures with bottom baits tempting tope and Huss.

Tope caught on Reel Deal

Bull Huss on Bluefin
Pollock – Bluefin

Tope – Reel Deal
bass – Bluefin

Dave Welch – 6lb +Pollock Private Boat off Ilfracombe

Massive tope brace off North Devon Coast

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Kevin Pike – 70lb tope

Kevin Pike has set a new Appledore Shipbuilders Angling Club record boating a huge tope of 70lb  whilst fishing off the North Devon Coast. Kevin was fishing from his own private boat with fellow club member Mike Toogood who also enjoyed success boating another huge tope of 68lb 8oz. The capture of two tope of this size in one session is an amazing feat that will be remembered for years to come as a red letter day proving the oft said saying that it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.

Mick Toogood – 68lb 8oz tope