A WELCOME ESCAPE TO NORMALITY

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It’s great to get out on the winter shoreline and during these strange dark days its a welcome escape to normality for the familiar seascapes I have enjoyed throughout my life are reassuringly constant. It was also good to be on the rocks before darkness fell savouring the view of a porpoise hunting close to the shoreline.

The fishing has been hard going lately with large numbers of strap eels seizing the baits and today was little different with several small eels succumbing in the first hour of fishing. A spotted ray was a welcome catch as the tide started to flood though its pale colouring and lack of spots was a little unusual. Bites came steadily with a small huss, dogfish and more slightly bigger straps.

Autumn hound 15lb

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Combe Martin SAC member Dale Kiff tempted this personal best smoothound scaling 15lb whilst fishing a North Devon rock mark with peeler crab. Smoothound have been a regular feature of Autumn fishing in recent season with fish caught right into the winter months.

Shore Caught tope – 47lb 13oz

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Jamie Stewards efforts were rewarded when he landed this specimen shore caught tope of 47lb 13oz. Tope are one of the shore anglers greatest challenges and often require many hours of dedication to hook and land. The landing of such fish is often a team effort as in this case with Jamies good friend Chay Boggis lending a hand at the critical moment.

Shore huss at night

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Jordan Choules took his  good friend Max Cooke out on his  first night session to try and get him his first  bull huss  and it payed off  both landing Huss to around 8lbs. Both caught on squid and mackerel combos on pulley rigs presented on pulley rigs..

North Devon Bass Sport

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Bass are top of the agenda for many anglers at this time of year. Kody Chugg employed big mackerel to tempt several bass between 4lb and 6lb during recent sessions. Calm seas and easterly winds are not ideal for seeking bass but the clearly water may  well make lure fishing very worthwhile. Get ready with the baits when the winds turns SW and embrace those darker evenings.

Big Shore Caught pollock

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Ryan Hardman fished a North Devon rock mark to tempt a fine specimen pollock of 6lb 4oz. The fish was tempted on a whole squid bait presented on a 6/0 Aberdeen hook. Ryan was delighted to report that the sea was full of life with porpoises and jumping fish showing within a couple of hundred yards of the shoreline.

Fifty pound plus shore tope

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Tarrant Wotton fished a North Devon Rock mark to tempt a fine tope of 52lb 11oz.  The huge fish was landed with assistance from his good friend Julian Stainer as a heavy swell made conditions difficult. The tope was returned alive after carefully weighing and photographing.

“No words can say when I pulled this bootiful girl out the water, had some epic battles in my time but the swell made her a nightmare to land but quick photos and weighing with me old mate  Julien Stainer made it a pleasure to watch her swim off”