Big Hounds

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Richard Jefferies caught the is 16lb 1oz smoothound whilst fishing for bass at  a North Devon rock mark. The fish was tempted using a large spider crab hook bait. Richard told me that the fish siezed the bait within seconds of tbe bait hitting the bottom almost dragging him off his feet. As he was landing the fish a large bass seized the bait that was hanging free from the hound. The bass came off! The fish was one of several hounds and double figure bull huss caught.

Bideford Angling Club & Appledore Shipbuilders- June Rover Results

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June rover results

1st Julien Stainer smoothhound 8lb 13 88.125%

2nd Paul Ackland smoothound 8ln 7 1/2 84.687%

3rd Terry Dymond smoothound 7lb 14 78.750%

4th Terry Dymond smoothound 7lb 5 73.125%

13 members fished The June rover.
Richard Boon took the victory with a Smoothound exactly 10lb.
Second was Steve Ford with a Gilthead Bream of 3lb 13ozs and 3rd was Terry Dymond with a Smoothound of 7lb 14ozs.

Jamie tempts an Early Hound ?

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Combe Martin SAC member Jamie Steward caught this specimen smoothound of 11lb 3oz from a North Devon Rock mark. This is a promising sign with Spring just around the corner as smoothound were once considered a fish of the spring and summer. Recent seasons have seen them caught throughout the year.

The early bird catches……………….the

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Combe Martin SAC member Ross Stanway set his alarm for the early hours of 2021 and embraced the icy conditions to get his angling year underway. Fishing from a local rock mark spurdog, bull huss, conger or cod were the expected catch. The first fish to rattle the rod was small conger of around 6lb. Then Ross hooked into a good fish that fought hard and swam deep in the water. Ross was hopeful that he had hooked a rare double figure cod. To his surprise the culprit was a specimen smoothound scaling 12lb 9.5oz a fish more often associated with the spring, summer and autumn!