Double figure bass wins CMSAC Woolacombe Open

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Combe Martin Sea Angling Club Secretary Nick Phillips won the clubs latest Open Match at Woolacombe beach with a fine bass of 10lb 1oz caught on the last cast of the competition.

The specimen bass seized a mackerel bait fifteen minutes before the end of the four hour match that attracted twenty keen anglers. The club organised the competition following the ongoing success of their Putsborough competition held each summer.  Members had speculated that a match held during the autumn could offer the chance of a good specimen fish or two with ray and bass high on the agenda.

After a week of atrocious weather with strong winds and heavy rain the likelihood of the competition taking place was in question. But on the night the winds dropped along with the swell and even the rain ceased for the four hour duration of the match.

Anglers assembled at the booking in and anticipation was high as competitors ambled down the steep slopes to the vast expanse of Woolacombe Beach. A brisk breeze was blowing from the south east and a moderate surf surged against the sands. The next four hours passed and a range of species were brought to the shore including small eyed ray, small bass, turbot, whiting, codling, conger and the inevitable dogfish. The fishing was for most slower than hoped and spirits had slipped since the start with talk reflecting a lack of fish. As always though at the meet up to collate results a good few fish had been caught. At first it appeared that a dogfish could win the match despite the temporary raising of the specimen size for the competition to 3lb 8oz.

The announcement of Nicks 10lb 1oz bass brought a buzz of excitement and congratulations. The picture taken by Nicks son Jack was eagerly viewed by the huddle of tired anglers. The bass injected a much needed surge of enthusiasm ensuring that many will return to the beach again in search of that dream fish. A double figure bass is much sort after and many have not seen such a fish. I have witnessed several over the past fifty years but never been fortunate enough to actually land one. It is very high on my bucket list and is one of the goals that keeps me going. Autumn is the month if you want a double.

Results :-

1st Nick Phillips – Bass 10lb 1oz

2nd Mark Jones – dogfish – 2lb 4oz

3rd Wayne Thomas – dogfish 2lb 2oz

4th – Dan Miles Redmore – dogfish 2lb 1oz

Best ray – Dan Welch small eyed ray – 3lb 4oz

SEA ANGLING – Weekend Round Up

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Rob Scoines took first prize in Combe Martin SAC’s Lyn Fish boating a small eyed ray scaling 9lb 11oz. The fish was one of twenty-eight he caught whilst fishing from Steve Webbers boat Osprey off Minehead. In runner up spot was Dan Welch with a boat caught small eyed ray of 8lb 6oz, Dan also took third with a boat caught bull Huss of 7lb 15oz. Jamie Steward also enjoyed success landing a 7lb 10oz small eyed ray but was unfortunately too late back to register his fish. Club members met up at the Rising Sun Lynmouth for the presentation where they enjoyed a splendid platter of fresh sandwiches and chips.

Rob Scoines 9lb 11oz small eyed ray

Dan Welch enjoyed an exceptional session fishing from his own boat out of Ilfracombe.

“Amazing day out on the boat started off on the bass resulted in 10 all around 4lb on a light set up with size 5 black minnows. Then moved in on the banks and had unbelievable ray fishing I landed between 25-30 small eye ray it would have been more but I ran out of bait. The best thing was I only had one dogfish all day.”

Jamie Steward with a small eyed ray of 7lb 10oz.

 

Members enjoyed a fine Autumn weekend with warm sunshine and clear water. Several  grey mullet were also caught by members fishing the competition but none were big enough to register.

Rob Scoines with an autumn mullet
(Above)Passing kayakers enjoy the autumn sunshine.

BIDEFORD CLUB

24 hour results

1st Stephen Found thick lipped mullet 4lb 2 3/4oz 101.171%

2nd Andrew Clements smooth hound 6lb 2oz 61.250%

Combe Martin SAC member John Shapland tempted this superb 4lb plus thick lipped grey mullet on his latest session after the wily species. Look at the tail on that one!

Bass on the lure in CMSAC Competition

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Mark Jones is leading Combe Martin SAC’s lure fishing competition sponsored by Ilfracombe’s High Street Tackle with a bass of 64cm. This 60cm beauty is his most recent success for the lure fishing enthusiast who has registered several good fish into the competition. With just over a week of the competition remaining I feel other club members will be trying to oust mark from the top spot and win the top quality lure rod that is up for grabs.

Combe Martin SAC – Weekend Round up

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Rob Scoines had a weekend to remember landing two personal best fish whilst fishing in the clubs pairs match with only one fish counting per angler his second fish did not count in the competition but a thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 7oz did and combined with my meagre dogfish of 1lb 13oz won us the pairs competition. Rob also secured the individual best fish prize with the mullet.

(Below) Mark Jones landed a  fine brace of fish including a smoothound of 9lb 2oz and a thornback of 10lb 6oz.

(Below) David Jenkins enjoyed sport in the estuary landing a brace of bass scaling 3lb 5oz and 3lb 2oz.

( Below) Ali Laird and his brother Ian Laird enjoyed a good session outside of the club match landing bull huss, conger, a codling and a bass. Best fish of the session was a bull huss scaling 10lb 1oz to the rod of Ali Laird.

Variety on Ilfracombe Pier

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Combe Martin SAC hosted an LRF float fishing social on Ilfracombe Pier where several species of fish were landed including black bream, wrasse, pollock, bass and garfish. 

(Above) Sally Welch with nice school bass
(Above) Nick Phillips with a small pollock caught on LRF tackle
(Above) Dan Welch – with a garfish
(Above) Paul Saunders with wrasse tempted on ragworm

(Above)Jake Moule fished Ilfracombe after dark to land a 10lb 12oz conger. Several spotted ray have been tempted from the pier on sandeel bait.

Boat Anglers Enjoy the Calm Waters

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Small Boat owners have been enjoying some great sport whilst taking advantage of calm seas and blue skies. Combe Martin SAC Members have landed tope, huss, pollock and bass.

Chris Bonds – Pollock 9lb 13oz
(Above)Ross Stanway – tope
(Above) Chris Bonds – bass 6lb 12oz
(Above) Dan Welch – bull huss
(Above) Dan Welch – tope

If you want to sample some of the excellent sport to be enjoyed off North Devon’s Coast line book a trip on one of the Seaside towns charter boats.

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

Huss wins spring rover – Club record turbot

Kevin Legge took top spot in Combe Martin SAC’s Spring Rover landing a specimen bull huss of 10lb 15oz. Mark Jones took the runner up spot with a new club shore record turbot scaling 4lb 4oz.Mark also took third place with a bass of 5lb 2oz. Members also landed numerous dogfish and several pollock fishing on a boat off Ilfracombe.

(Above) Combe Martin Club Record – Shore Caught turbot 4lb 4oz

Spring ray and smoothound!

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Bideford 24 hour results

1st Kyle Blackmore small-eyed ray 8lb 4 91.666%

2nd Andrew Clements  smoothound 7lb 12 77.500%

3rd Andrew Clements   smoothound 7lb 4 72.500%

(Below) Combe Martin SAC Member Mark Jones took a trip to a  Somerset beach and landed a fine brace of small eyed ray weighing 11lb 2oz and 10lb 12oz.