Flounder fishing beneath a setting sun

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The tranquil Taw estuary bathed in the light of a setting sun. An awesome back drop to a spot of fishing for the humble and obliging flounder. Many thanks to Kyle Blackmore for allowing me to use his pictures. On light tackle flounder can give great sport and are ideal species for junior anglers to target over the coming half term. There is also every chance of a bass with a few good sized fish present.

Flounder sport

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The Taw estuary is fishing well for quality flounder with every chance of that elusive 2lb plus specimen before the end of the year, John Shapland has been targetting flounder over the past few days landing near specimens of 1lb 15oz, 1lb 14.5oz and 1lb 14oz.

One of the local mystery’s is the well established fact that Taw estuary flounder tend to grow bigger than Torridge estuary Flounder?




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Fifty anglers fished Triple Hook Clubs Turkey Open on a bright calm winters day.

Winner was John Passmore with a flounder of 1lb 13oz.

2nd – Junior Angler – Lennox Pine flounder 1lb 12oz

3rd – Taz Wotton – Flounder 1lb 10oz

4th – Nigel Gullion – Flounder 1lb 10oz

5th – Kay Short – Flounder 1lb 9.5oz

6th – Joan Cairns – 1lb 8.5oz

7th – Julian Stainer – 1lb 8oz

8th – Mark Beer – 1lb 6.75oz

9th – Marilyn Wotton – 1lb 5oz

10th – Dennis Toleman – Flounder 1lb 5ozdscn4489preview

Appledore Shipbuilders & Triple Hook Club Christmas Results

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Appledore Shipbuilders- Christmas Competition Image supplied by – Stuart Arnett-Clark‎

Thirty-six anglers fished in Appledore Shipbuilders Christmas Competition on the Taw estuary and caught sixty-seven flounder most of which were returned alive to the water. Steven Kitto landed the winning fish scaling 1lb 135/8oz. In runner up spot was Liam Sumenar with a flattie of 1lb 121/2oz and in third James Atkinson with a flounder of 1lb 111/4oz.

In Triple Hook Clubs Ladies and Junior Open seventeen took part with Marilyn Wotton securing first in the ladies section with a fine flounder of 1lb 125/8oz second in the ladies section was Yasmin Beer with a flounder of 1lb 101/4oz. In the junior section it was Lily Gullin who took top spot with a flounder of 1lb 141/2oz. Yasmin Beer took second with her flounder of1lb 101/4oz and Levi Beer third with a flounder of 1lb 2oz.


Bideford Christmas – Competition Result

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There was an impressive entry in this Bideford and District Angling Clubs Christmas Match on the Torridge Estuary with 69 entrants casting their lines in search of flounder. Bideford give many thanks to their generous sponsors :-D+S Electric,Anglers Heaven,Summerlands Tackle,Honeys Butchers,The Bell Parkham,M.Watts and Sons,Ray Toms David Grigg+sons,Bideford Angling club,Kyile Blackmore and Ian Hooper.


Paul Downing+Lisa Downing worked extremely hard  getting all the prizes together and thanks to  Phil Vanstone for gathering the draw prizes and lovely food


1st  Lee Newcombe – Flounder 1lb 31/4oz
2nd Martin Johns – Flounder 1lb 23/4oz
3rd  Howard Lewis – Bass 3lb 13oz


1st Sam ray – Flounder 1lb 1/4oz
2nd Alyssa Williams – Flounder 141/4oz
3rd Tommy Taylor – 13oz

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Taw in top Flounder form

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A Charity Competition based at the Rolle Quay Inn raised over £700 for  Willand House. The flounder competition was won by David Jenkins who landed three flounder for a total weight of 5lb 123/4oz. The bag included a fine flounder of 2lb 61/2oz that won the biggest flounder of the day prize.

15205624_10154127478241538_1152717772_oSteve Luxton was runner up in the competition with a three fish bag of 5lb 3/8oz and David Jenkins son Charlie secured third place with three fish for 4lb 61/4oz. Louis Rooke took the prize for smallest flounder of the day at 14oz.

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Large numbers of flounder were landed over the weekend in the competition and by pleasure anglers taking advantage of excellent conditions following the recent floodwater tat has flushed out the bait robbing crabs and accumulations of leaves. John Shapland fishing a session on Monday November 28th landed a fine brace of flounder weighing 1lb 14oz and 1lb 10oz.


Cyril Petherick Memorial Results

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 1st Taz wotton flounder 1lb 13 1/2oz 2nd Marilyn Wotton flounder 1lb 12 1/2 3rd Taz Wotton flounder 1 lb 9 3/4 Winner of the pool nearest fish to 1lb 10 was also Taz wotton Juniors 1st William Richards flounder 15oz 2nd Charlie Jenkins flounder 14 1/4oz 3rd William Richards flounder 9.7oz

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Lee Watts  said a massive thank you for the turn out Bideford & District Angling Club enjoyed on Sunday with 46 senior entry’s and 6 juniors. A very tough day for all competitors today with more wood in the river than fish. A massive well done to Taz and his mum cleaning up (lucky gits) and well done to both juniors for putting fish on the scales.

Our next open comp is the Christmas comp on the 11th Dec be great to see u all there!

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