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Dave Brooke lands huge bass from North Devon shore

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

Dave Brooke with his huge bass of 14lb, landed from a North Devon shore mark

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DAVE BROOKE landed a huge bass of 14lb while fishing a North Devon shore mark.

The specimen took Ammo Dirty Squid and was released alive after being photographed and weighed.

The fish came the night after Brooke's fellow Combe Martin Sea Angling Club member Derek Ferret had landed a fine specimen of 10lb 10oz.

Michael Hammett won Appledore Shipbuilders' bass competition with a fine fish scaling 8lb 9½oz. Andrew Atkinson (6lb 12oz) was runner-up with and Graham Fisher (5lb 14½oz) third.

Autumn is a great time for the sea angler with a wealth of opportunities.

There is the chance to hook into some big fish with bass, conger, tope, huss and smoothound within range of the beach angler.

There is an abundance of species. John Shapland and Craig McLoughlin fished a local venue using light line tactics and landed 13 species. Grey mullet are also present and often feed well at this time of year.

James Gubb-Fradgley, of Lynton, celebrated his birthday in style fishing off Salcombe aboard Anglo Dawn, skippered by Chris Roberts.

Fishing over wrecks, Gubb-Fradgley hooked two new personal bests – a fine cod of 24lb and a huge ling scaling 39lb 12oz. Both were tempted using Savage Gear sandeel in blue and silver colours.

Neilsen Jeffery won Bideford Angling Club's Annual Coarse Cup at Upper Tamar where he landed 62lb 1oz of roach, perch and skimmers using whip tactics.

Andy Grey adopted similar tactics to put together a bag of 46lb 15oz in second place, while John Lisle took third with 31lb 8oz on feeder tactics.

Sport has been excellent at the venue, which bodes well for the Open Match being hosted by South West Lakes Trust on October 27.

Trout sport has been good at Blakewell despite challenging conditions caused by an algae bloom during the hot weather.

Several large brown trout have been landed, with stalking tactics bringing best results. Gavin Colwill adopted them to set a new fishery best brown trout bag of four rainbow trout at 47lb.

The fishery is planning an open competition next month, which may be timed to coincide with a Snowbee event showing off the latest tackle developments from the company.

As autumn encroaches and the temperature drops, anglers can expect some top-rate trout action.

Andy Stowbridge caught a rainbow of 3lb 4oz at Wimbleball Reservoir where angling has been challenging with and average 1.4 fish per rod day. More unsettled weather conditions should boost sport.

John McCulm won Bideford Angling Club's Game Fishing Cup at Bratton Water with a bag of 10lb 4oz, including a rainbow of 4lb 10oz. Matt Saunders (6lb 14oz) was runner-up and Martin Turner and Terry Dymond (6lb 10oz) shared third.

Heavy rain has brought a rise in rivers that should bring a run of salmon and sea trout into the Taw and Torridge.

The hot summer has resulted in low water and an abundance of algae and weed but a big autumn spate could save what has been a disastrous season.

Work continues to improve upstream migration on the Taw as part of the River Improvement Plan.

There is a two-week extension to the season on the Torridge. Call Charles Inniss on 01409 231237 for a special permit.

Angling artist David Blackaller has launched a website to promote his work at blackaller portraitsinpencil.co.uk

Diary dates

Saturday and Sunday: Bideford Angling Club 24-hour rover.

Sunday: Combe Martin SAC and Lynton and Lynmouth FC Open Fishing Competition, Minehead harbour to Clovelly, 7am-7pm, weigh in Rising Sun, Lynmouth, 7.30pm. Call James Gubb-Fradgley 07515 567915 or Wayne Thomas 01271 850586 for details.

Sunday: Triple Hook Club Autumn Shield, Jennet's Reservoir, 9am-3pm.

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