COMBE MARTIN SAC BOAT TRIP – Part 2

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Once again many thanks to Matt Jeffery for I report on the CMSAC Boat Trip

Teddie boy 02/01/20

this was our 2 nd trip out after the elusive cod.

a little more blowy and the conditions today oozed cod.

with some fresh blood on the boat spirits were high once again,this was also boosted by the news that Michael webber had netted two cod to nearly 14lb the day before which is always good to hear !.

we managed to get conger eels to the boat within the first 15 minutes and the odd dog. The constant top up of tea and coffee from the ever vigilant skipper ( a knock off from the old block!.)plus bacon and sausage rolls.

Some decent fish came to the boat with Rob Scoines getting the first blonde to the boat of 14 lb

then young Jack Phillips picking up a whiting of 1lb 10 oz

the best fish of the day went to John Shapland  with a 19lb 14oz blonde ray

Mark Jones and Mark Jones also got in to the action on the blonde to double figures

and Jamie Steward managed a decent eel at 22lb 6oz

other ray were caught by all, so we at least all had something other than small eels and dogs.

alas there was no cod, again it was not for the lack of trying, even with Michael stretching our 8 hr trip to 9hrs to give us every last glimmer of hope of the capture of the elusive unicorn mud pig !!!!!!!.. we will be back piggy……..

SEA ANGLING ROUND UP

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Sea anglers have been having a difficult time recently with specimen fish hard to find despite good conditions. There has been a good bit of variety however with bass, codling and ray amongst catches. One of Sea Anglings greatest attributes is undoubtedly the unknown highlighted by the 3lb 2.5oz ling caught by Jon Stevens in Bideford Angling Clubs Rover

Bideford Angling Club – January Rover Results

1st Terry Dymond Flounder 1lb 10oz 1/4 82.031%

2nd Antony Smith Thornback Ray 6lb 9oz 72.916%

3rd Jon Stevens ling 3lb 2 1/2oz 70.138%

4th Nathan Clements Thornback Ray 5lb 15 1/2oz 66.319%

Appledore Shipbuilders January Rover Results

1st – Andrew Atkinson Flounder 2lb 5 1/2oz
2nd – Josh Atkinson Flounder 2lb 2 1/4oz
3rd – Graham Fisher Flounder 1lb 15 1/2oz

Combe Martin SAC members have been out chasing those winter fish. Lure fishing enthusiast Mark Jones has sett himself a challenge to catch bass in every month of the year and has got off to a great start tempting these two bass to tick off January.
( Below) Ross Stanway enjoyed winter success of a more traditional type landing this plump codling.

SEA ANGLING COMPETITION ROUND UP

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Combe Martin SAC – Christmas Competition

Kevin Legge secured top spot In Combe Sea Angling Clubs Christmas Competition with a fine specimen bull huss scaling 11lb 12oz. Members endured some stormy conditions during the competition with a heavy swell battering the coast. Mark Jones was runner up with a small eyed ray of 9lb 6oz.

Third – Alex Mcleish – bull huss 6lb 3oz

Forth Dan Welch – small eyed ray – 6lb

Fifth – Dan Welch – dogfish – 1lb 12oz

Sixth – Ross Stanway – dogfish – 1lb 10oz.

BIDEFORD 24 hour results

Julien Stainer secured first place in Bideford Angling Clubs Twenty Four Hour Rover landing bull huss of 8lb 15.5oz.

APPLEDORE SHIPBUILDERS WINTER LEAGUE RESULT

Cameron Atkinson won Appledore Shipbuilders Wintere League Rover with a whiting of 1lb 4oz.

WAITING WATCHING

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It was the first really cold night of the season and our breath hung misty in the still air as we waited beside the calm waters of the Bristol Channel. The lights of welsh towns and villages shone brightly across the water and in the sky above stars shone brightly in a vast cosmic vista.

The throbbing of a boats engine carried far across the sea as it moved up channel to offload its cargo. Occasionally the rod tips nodded as a dogfish or small eel toyed with the baits anchored out within that mysterious dimension.

The amber fiery glow of the steel works of Port Talbot had illuminated the sky earlier in the evening but later as we contemplated heading for home another glowing ember caught our attention.

A red apparition was slowly materializing above Cardiff to the North East. We speculated on its source as it slowly grew in size growing ever redder as it rose from the land. After ten minutes its crescent shape materialized as the moon climbed slowly, red fading to amber and then to silver. The moonlight painting a swathe of light across the swirling waters of the Bristol Channel as the tide began to ebb.

We slowly packed away our tackle fingers stinging in the frosty air. We trudged back to the van thinking of a warm bed and a good nights sleep. On arriving home I found the lawn glistening with a layer of frost. Owls hooted in the nearby woods.

I am often asked why we go fishing especially on cold winter nights when you often catch nothing.  And It’s not easy to answer but sometimes it’s just good to be there waiting watching the world.

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SEA ANGLING NEWS ROUND UP!

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BIDEFORD ANGLING CLUB MONTHLY ROVER

November rover results
1st Tarrant Wotton flounder 1lb 11 1/2 85.156%
Joint 2nd
Dick Talbot
Tarrant Wotton flounder 1lb 11 84.375%
4th Dick Talbot flounder 1lb 8 1/2 76.562%
5th Terry Dymond flounder 1lb 5 3/8 67.968%
6th Terry Dymond flounder 1lb 4 62.500%

APPLEDORE SHIPBUILDERS MONTHLY RESULT

November Rover Results

1st – Chris Boon – Flounder 1lb 11 3/4ozs
2nd – Martyn John – Flounder 1lb 9 1/2ozs
3rd – Josh Atkinson – Thornback Ray 5lb 15 1/4ozs

Damien Close from the Weston Outcasts fished a North Devon Rock mark on the eve of last weekends big storm and was certainly in the right place at the right time. I was fishing further along the coast with former tope record holder Kevin Legge.  Kev received a text from Damien. Two casts, two tope 41lb and 31lb ! The mark we fished was not so productive giving a steady stream of strap eels and dogfish. I did hook a decent fish that came off after just a few moments. Isn’t it sods law that the 2lb strap eel engulfs the bait in seconds and the big fish manages to avoid getting hooked!

Big low pressure systems often result in big fish being caught with the time before and after proving good times to be out at the waters edge. Fishing at such times is of course potentially risky so always follow sensible guidelines ensuring that you have good knowledge of how the weather will affect your chosen mark. Ensure you the correct landing equipment, use adequate tackle to land the fish you hook, were a life jacket, carry a quality head torch ( Have just bought a Fenix HM65R and have found it an excellent buy).

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