Big Gilthead from North Devon Shoreline

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Combe Martin SAC member Ollie Passmore has been targetting gilthead bream and enjoyed success with this awesome specimen of 6lb 10oz. The fish has a local specimen rating of 220%.

Ollie commented on his facebook page.
“Still absolutely buzzing with this unit of a gilt head bream from a few weeks back.  Fallen in love with catching these fish!! Still lots to learn and lots of blanks involved, trying to work out there feeding patterns and locations. Such an amazing fish in the flesh and feel blessed to have caught such a big local one  6lb 10oz
@sakuma_fishing Top bits from sakuma using 25lb fluro for hooklenth and mini manta extra size 2s nailing them every time.”

BIdeford Angling Club – 48 hour Result – Huge gilthead!

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August 48-hour results 

Nathan Clements was delighted to catch a huge gilthead bream scaling 8lb 2.25oz to win Bideford Angling Clubs 48hour roving sea match. This is one of the biggest gilthead bream recorded so far this summer from the  South West coast and sets a new club record for BIdeford Angling Club.  The weekends competition also saw numerous specimen smoothound caught and specimen small eyed ray.


1st Nathan Clements Gilthead bream

8lb 2 1/4oz


2nd Tony Gussin Smoothhound 13lb 15 1/2oz 139.687%

3rd  Tony Gussin Smoothhound 12lb 6oz 123.750%

Other fish caught 

Jon Stevens Small-eyed Ray 10lb 12 1/2oz

Julien Stainer Smoothhounds 10lb 5 + 10lb 15oz

Andrew Clements   Smoothhound 10lb 5oz

Antony Smith Smoothhound 11lb 7oz



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Combe Martin SAC Member Jamie Steward fished a North Devon mark to land several gilthead bream topped by a specimen of 4lb 4oz. He also had brace of 3lb 6oz and 3lb 4oz. These hard fighting fish have become established across the South West and it is perhaps helped by the estaury netting ban that has been in place for several years. To ensure this ban continues it might be a an idea to let DSIFCA know your thoughts.

D & S IFCA The Review of the Netting Permit Conditions


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Bideford Angling Club September rover results 

1st Stephen Found thick-lipped mullet 4lb 2oz 103 125%

2nd Andrew Clements thick-lipped mullet 3lb 10 1/2oz 91.406%

3rd Stephen Found thick-lipped mullet 3lb 4oz  81.250%

Appledore Shipbuilders September Rover

Andrew Atkinson secured 1st place with a Bull Huss of 8lb 8 3/4ozs. Oliver Whitmore was 2nd with a Trigger Fish of 2lb 0ozs.




The July and August Mixed brace competitions were won by:-
July – Ali Laird gilthead bream 7lb 4oz & smoothound 11lb 8oz
August – Mark Jones – porbeagle 280lb & small-eyed ray 10lb 6oz
Many thanks to our sponsors High Street Tackle & Braunton Baits






Gilthead Bream

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As the waters start to warm a few species associated with summer are starting show. Smoothound are already being caught on the open coast along with a few bass.

Combe Martin SAC member David Jenkins tempted this specimen gilt head bream weighing 3lb 9oz from the lower estuary using peeler crab bait.


Big Gilt From Estuary

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Robin Bonds caught this specimen 4lb 14oz  gilthead bream from the Taw & Torridge Estuary. The fish was tempted on peeler crab and is one of several caught in recent weeks. These are one of the hardest fighting fish in British waters and their numbers would appear to be increasing though many hours are often invested before getting a reward. Peeler crab, razor fish and lugworm are the best baits.

Early Summer Sea Sport

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The warm weather has seen sea anglers enjoying some fine sport from both beach and estuary with numerous specimen small eyed ray landed from marks in Somerset during daylight hours. In North Devon most ray are caught after dark as a result of water clarity. The waters East of Foreland Point are generally far more turbid encouraging fish to feed more readily in daylight.

The estuary is providing sport with bass and grey mullet. Recent years have seen gilthead bream caught on a regular basis a species that gives an awesome scrap when hooked on light tackle. Small crab and worm baits are favoured.


Dan Miles Redmore fished a Somerset beach to land four small eyed ray weighing 8lb,9lb 2oz,9lb 5oz 10lb 11oz( Pictured).

Cameron Atkinson landed a fine 4lb 5oz gilthead bream when he fished from a boat in the Taw and Torridge estuary.