SEA ANGLING – ROUND UP

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Distinctly autumn looking results for the sea angling club results on the first Sunday of October. Matt Thomas enjoyed success catching a plump 4lb codling from a North Devon mark on whole squid a promising sign for the coming months perhaps.

Bideford rover results
1st Julien Stainer   flounder 1lb 10 1/2oz 82.812%
2nd Terry Dymond flounder 1lb 10 1/8oz 81.640%
3rd Andrew Clements flounder 1lb 10oz 81.250%
4th Terry dymond flounder 1lb 8oz 75%

 Triple Hook Club – SWW Water Flounder Open

1st Mark Hancock – Flounder 1lb 8/2oz

2nd – Kevin Hmcock – Flounder – 1lb 61/2oz

3rd – Robert Hancock – Flounder 1lb 61/8oz

Appledore Shipbuilders- Rover

1st Jazza John – Flounder 1lb 12 1/4oz

2nd Terry Dymond – Flounder 1lb 10 1/8oz

3rd – Jazza John – Flounder  1lb 8 3/4oz

BIDEFORD SEA ANGLING FESTIVAL RESULTS – 2019

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Tarrant Wotton secured victory in Bideford Angling Clubs annual Sea Angling Festival catching a fine specimen trigger fish weighing 3lb 81/2oz. Steve Baker was runner up with a bull huss of 11lb 31/4oz and Andrew Clements third with a thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 21/2oz. Rick Eavis won the Saturday prize with a mackerel of 1lb 3/4oz. Amongst the other fish caught was a bass of 6lb 8/1/2oz to the rod of Stuart Taylor. The winners shared a prize fund of £380. Twenty Three Anglers took Part.

SEA ANGLING RESULTS – BIDEFORD & APPLEDORE

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Bideford Rover Results

1st Julien Stainer trigger 3lb 13 127.083%

2nd Jon Stevens rockling 1lb 10 1/2 110.417%

3rd Tarrant Wotton trigger 3lb 3 1/2 107.291%

4th Paul Downing smooth hound 10lb 6 1/8 103.853%

5th Paul Downing smooth hound 10lb 3 1/8 101.953%

6th Terry Dymond smooth hound 8lb 6 85.750%

Appledore Shipbuilders Monthly Rover

1st Andrew Atkinson  – Smoothound 12lb 95/8oz

2nd & 3rd – Thomas Atkinson -smoothound 9lb 14oz and 6lb 15oz

Bideford and Appledore Shipbuilders Monthly Rover Results

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Graham Snow secured victory in Bideford Angling Clubs monthly Rover landing a fine specimen thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 113/4oz. Runner up was Antony Smith with a dogfish of 2lb 2oz and equal third were Phil Vanstone with a thornback ray of 5lb 7oz and Nathan Clements with a dogfish of 1lb 13oz.

Daniel Scott won Appledore Shipbuilders monthly rover with a fine small eyed ray of 10lb 51/2oz. In second was Josh Atkinson with a small eyed ray of 9lb 153/8oz and in third Graham Snow with his thick lipped mullet of 4lb 111/4oz.

Calm Waters for boat anglers – Bluefin

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John Barbeary has taken Bluefin to deepwater marks off Ilfracombe where anglers have boated spurdog to 18lb and conger to 20lb. Keith Armishaw boated a 12lb thornback. The spurdog packs are now starting to disperse and summer species will soon start to show. The calm seas and blues skies have certainly boosted spirits with spring on the way and hoped for mackerel and tope.

Combe Martin SAC Presentation Night

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Combe Martin SAC held their presentation night at the Ebrington Arms at Knowle where members enjoyed a delicious meal followed by the presentation of awards. It was especially pleasing to be able to present young Joshua Jeffery with the award for best catch by a Junior and the the award for the best specimen grey mullet a fine thin lip scaling 4lb 6oz. The full list of award winners are listed below with some fine fish registered throughout the year.

Cod Trophy        Rob Scoines                 Cod                12lb 4oz 

Bass Trophy      Ali Laird                       Bass               9lb 12oz

Mullet Cup         Joshua Jeffery            Thin Lipped    4lb 6oz

Conger Cup        Kevin Legge                   Conger           28lb

Flatfish Cup      Matt Jeffery                Flounder        1lb 14 3/4oz

Shore Shield    Kevin Legge                  Conger            28lb

Medway Cup     Rob Scoines                 Spurdog           18lb 2oz

Ray Shield       Jonathon Stanway        Small Eyed      11lb 2oz

Specimen Shield    Dan Welch 646.737%, Ali Laird 634.913% and Matt Jeffery 622.537%

Burgess Trophy    Joshua Jeffery       Thin Lipped    4lb 6oz

Wrasse Trophy    Ross Stanway        Ballan Wrasse    4lb 7oz

Scouse Shield      Rob Scoines           Rockling            1lb 9oz

D Kyte Award    John Shapland 6 Mullet to 631.411%

Merit Award    Dan Welch

Joshua Jeffery and his father Matt Jeffery proudly displaying their awards.

Conger secures win in Combe Martin SAC Rover

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Matt Jeffery secured top spot in Combe Martin SAC’s Six Hour Rover landing a conger of 18lb 6oz. Conditions proved difficult at many marks along the coast with a large swell pounding the coastline. Fish were hard to find with several of the competitors failing to catch. Runner up was Kevin Legge with a rockling of 1lb 6.5oz and third Ross Stanway with a dogfish of 2lb 3oz. Jonathon Stanway caught a conger of 14lb 8oz and David Jenkins a dogfish of 1lb 9.5oz.

This competition signals the end of the clubs winter fixtures. The coming months will see attention turn to spring ray, bull huss and grey mullet.

SEA ANGLERS ENJOY SPRING SPORT

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Spring is often a difficult time for sea angling but as the warm sun breaks through optimism rises and in these changing times its worthwhile getting out and seeing whats about. Toby Bassett fished Ilfracombe Pier and was rewarded with a plump codling. There are also a few whiting showing and some dabs from those sandy marks.

Grey mullet are also starting to show at their old haunts taunting angler’s as they boost their reputation as elusive wily grey ghosts of the coast. If you want to learn more about mullet I suggest you seek out the excellent book “Fishing For Ghosts” – Successful Mullet Angling by Mike Ladle and David Rigden.

Combe Martin SAC member Ali Laird headed up-Channel and was rewarded with a  brace of ray including a spotted ray of 3lb 3oz and stunning specimen small eyed ray of 11lb 2oz.