After getting lucky enough to catch a salmon in April from the Torridge this year, many further fruitless sessions followed, leading me to switch my attention to bass fishing earlier in the season than I normally would. It was obviously a lucky April for me, as somehow on my second session of the year I managed a 67cm fish, and I am yet to catch a bigger one this season in the pursuit of a 70cm+ fish on a lure. However, because of all the time and effort I have been putting in, I have managed some nice fish, albeit not monsters for some, which can be seen in the pictures shown. The excitement never wears out for me with these fish, particularly when caught on surface lures.

As I’m sure is the case with many others in the North Devon area, bass are probably my favourite fish to target throughout the season and I feel we are blessed as anglers to have so much different ground to fish from the estuaries to the open coast. I’ve been a member of the North Devon Bass Lure fishing page on Facebook for a couple of years now, but last year I started to post fish I caught on the page. This resulted in me getting chatting to a couple of good lads who I’ve subsequently done some sessions with, sharing marks and as always learning new things about people’s preferred tactics and lures etc. As much as I love the solitude of fishing, going out with others has been thoroughly enjoyable and I believe social media pages such as this are going to be crucial in getting the younger generations into fishing going forward.


 In addition to the local page, I would also give mention to UKBLF where people from all over the UK chat all things bass lure fishing and share their catches. Through this Facebook page, I discovered we are lucky enough to have one of the leading stockists of bass lures in the UK in Ilfracombe at Highstreet tackle. A lot of the fish I have caught so far this year have been on Savage Gear gravity stick paddle tails or the IMA Chappy, both of which I purchased there. It really is like a sweetshop in there however and easy to get carried away as a prewarning.

As is usually the case, I anticipate the bass fishing to only get better as the season progresses and hopefully, I’ll surpass the 70cm mark as it gets towards September/ October. Whilst Bass fishing can be hard graft at times, it is all made worth it when you put the leg work in and it pays off in the end.




Mark Drewer has taken the lead in Combe Martin SAC’s Bass lure league tempting bass of 67.5cm and 63cm. Both fish were tempted on a white gravity stick pulse tail.  As we go into summer proper I am expecting catches to pick up. At present Mark Drewer is in first place with two bass for 130.5cm. Second is Reece Woolgar with two bass for 118.5cm.

TENRYU DEMO DAY – High Street Tackle

Ultimate Fishing Demo Day Update….
There are lots of exciting opportunities to be had by visitors to our upcoming Demo Day backed by Ultimate Fishing…the first one of note is the opportunity that visitors will have to view an extensive range of Tenryu Rods – these will include many of the favourites from the Injection range and a selection of the new Akuru range amongst others…as well as the opportunity to actually see the rods and purchase them too, Sietze will be on hand to answer all of your questions…there are lots of other opportunities and plans afoot too that we have planned for this day.



Combe Martin SAC have launched a new fishing community project with the help of keen species enthusiast Toby Bassett. The new fun fishing event was launched on February 1st on Ilfracombe Pier with  local anglers starting an 11 month long species hunt that encourages anglers to catch as many species as possible from Ilfracombe Harbour area.

The essence of the fun fishing league is to encourage local anglers to socialise and share knowledge. Local business are supporting the event with prizes already pledged from Ilfracombe Aquarium, High Street Tackle, Turton’s Butchers and Quay Sports.

A pop up fishing event to get the event started was attended by a mixture of old and new club members. The weather was kind with a clear sky and a calm sea. Nine species of fish were caught during the three hours including; common shanny, rock goby, pouting, whiting, conger, dogfish, ballan wrasse, plaice, pollock and shore rockling. Prizes donated by High Street Tackle were awarded to Ross Stanway who caught the most species on the day. To Zephyr Laramy the most fish caught by a Junior and the smallest fish prize was awarded to Toby Bassett who caught a tiny common shanny using a size 16 hook!

Ross Stanway caught 7 species during the launch day event


The smallest fish of the night to Toby Bassett
Top junior Zephyr Laramy

The intention is to hold a pop up event once a month that will be picked to coincide with a suitable tide and hopefully good weather. Notice will be sent to club members seven days prior to the event. The competition runs until December 31st 2024 with major prizes to be presented early in 2025. Sponsors will be donating prizes with High Street Tackle providing a small prize each month for a category to be decided each month. February prize will be for the most species registered. March will be for the best photograph.


Rock Goby


Nickki Laramy with a whiting
Ross Stanway
James Thomas with a whiting
A whiting was my first fish of the event.
Plaice for Ross Stanway


Even this tackle twisting conger brought a smile as every species counts!


Whats coming up next?

This is not a pure LRF competition as all accepted angling methods are encouraged with bait as well as lures. The use of LRF tactics is a  branch of angling that undoubtedly opens an entirely new dimension to sea angling with some becoming totally addicted to the pursuit of the  range of species available. It is going to be fascinating to explore the vast range of species that dwell within Ilfracombe waters. We will be sharing our results with the local Aquarium and hope to provide a few exhibits for their extensive display tanks.

       We packed away as the flooding tide pushed us off the lower landings. James and I headed to the Bay-side Burger Bar to round off an enjoyable session savouring our spicy chicken and fries in the shadow of Verity.

Ross with a pouting

COMBE MARTIN SAC  Bass Lure League 2023

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COMBE MARTIN SAC  Bass Lure League

Mark Jones – 71cm 63cm 59.5cm       Total – 193.5

Shuan Quartly – 72cm 60.5cm 56cm – Total – 188.5

Reece Woolgar – 64cm 59cm 57cm  Total – 180

Wayne Thomas – 67cm 54.5cm            Total –  121.5

Nick Phillips – 64.5cm 47cm                  Total –  111.5

Mark Tossel 69cm                                Total – 69cm

After the weekends Open Lure fishing competition members on the scoreboard have increased injecting welcome numbers to club members taking part. The league runs until the end of October and is sponsored by High Street Tackle Ilfracombe. Bass from boat and shore count.


Mark Jones is currently leading the lure league with three bass totalling 193.5cm



Combe Martin SAC are hosting an Open Lure Fishing Competition with High Street Tackle Ilfracombe. If the event is well supported it is hoped it will become an annual event that can be built upon each year if the appetite is there to share the wonderful lure fishing for bass that can be enjoyed along Nortb Devons coast line. The coast line offers a wide variety of marks to target bass with a wide range of lure tactics proving successful.

Shallow rocky shorelines –
Taw and Torridge Estuary


Bass tempted on a soft plastic
One of North Devons rocky headlands from the sea.


Sandy beaches have great potential for bass on lures

The boundaries for the event are the entire North Devon Coastline from County Gate to Welcombe Mouth.

This  event is shore only.

The entry fee is £10.00 Competitors must book in at High Street Tackle Ilfracombe.

There is a first prize of £100 and £50 for the runner up. Additional prizes may be added if support is good.

The presentation will be held at Ilfracombe Pier, Outside the Aquarium at 6:30pm on Sunday July 2nd.

All those who attend the presentation will be entred into a raffle for a lure donated by High Street Tackle.

The prizes are for the longest bass nose to tip of tail caught using an artificial lure. A photo of bass and tape must be provided in addition to picture with captor if possible.

Fishing is from 00.00 June 29th until 6.00pm July 2nd.

All entries to be sent to CMSAC via their facebook page or to North Devon Angling News via social media or [email protected] 

Advice on lure fishing for bass along with a huge sellection of lures are avaialble at High Street tackle.

COMBE MARTIN SAC – Bass Lure Competition Update

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Mark Jones has enjoyed recent success with lures whilst fishing from his boat with Craig Mcloughlin of Braunton Baits.

“Great day on my boat with Craig Crafty Mcloughlin 💥 Sun flat sea & no easterlies for a change😩Had 3 shark trips now but doing more lure fishing as well in between sharking🦈 Landed this beauty 70cm plus & it went like hell on my slash 28g lure rod what a fight won’t forget that in a hurry!!!! C&R”

Mark now has three bass totalling 193cm

Reece Woolgar has two for 116cm

Mark Tossel one for 69cm

COMBE MARTIN SAC – Lure Competition Update

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Reece Woolgar has extended his lead in Combe Martin SAC’s Lure fishing league catching his second bass of 59cm. Giving him a total of 116cm for two bass. The league winner is the one with the best length for three bass. The competition is sponsored by HIgh Street Tackle Ilfracombe and is free to club members.

At the end of June HIgh Street Tackle are hosting an Open lure fishing competition in conjunction with CMSAC. Further details to be announced soon.  See poster below and comment from Danny Watson.

Danny Watson

I am really pleased that High Street Tackle are able to be behind this competition again this year….don’t forget to come and see us for all of your needs.
For those that haven’t been before, for a long time or maybe you just didn’t know, from our humble beginnings High Street Tackle is now one of the top bass lure fishing shops in the UK. With even more continuing growth and expansion planned this year.
We stock a massive selection of absolutely everything you need from all of the best European and Japanese brands and for two of them carry the largest selection in the UK. With some items not available anywhere else.
Please feel free to discuss any requirements – we are always happy to open out of hours by arrangement whenever possible.
Follow the High Street Tackle pages on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed of the latest deliveries…
Good luck to everyone that enters and for anyone thinking about it, just do it – this format allows for greater chances of winning than the single biggest fish.