Specimen Conger – Autumn Nights

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At the end of October the clocks go back signalling the true start of late Autumn and the impending onset of winter.  This is prime time for shore anglers seeking large predatory species from the Bristol Channel. Combe Martin SAC member Shane Pavio Hookway has enjoyed success targetting conger landing a conger of 19lb 15oz from a rock mark. He also joined Bristol Channel Angling Guide Jansen Teakle to beach a fine eel of 19lb 12oz.


Reel Deal News – Spurdog chasing the herring!

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Top picture – Chris Waddham 7lb and lower picture and cod competition leader with a total length of cod 1.39m Paul Chidgy 15lb12oz

Daniel Hawkins reports from up Channel that fishing has been mixed with cod hard to find at times. Big shoals of herrings are bringing the spurdog close inshore where they are being tempted along with ray, conger, huss and good numbers of whiting.

(Above) 30lb conger Dan Cook

(Above) spurdog to the rod of Pete Richards


Work is progressing well on Reel Deal 2 that will be taking anglers out of Ilfracombe next summer when shark will once again be on the agenda.

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Double Figure cod

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The cod competition is underway and 45 years waiting for a double figure cod came to an end for paul Chidgy when he boated this handsome 15lb 12oz cod on Dan Hawkins boat off Watchet. Double figure cod are the main target of the Watchet and Blue Anchor Charter boat fleets over the coming months but there should be a few ray and conger to bend the rods in between cod.