SEPTEMBER is one of the best months for an angler.
The month brings a wealth of opportunities to seek a wide variety of species.
The sea angler will still be able to target summer species, with mackerel, bass and grey mullet abundant.
Triggerfish should provide exciting sport and autumn species such as whiting will also move inshore.
Combe Martin Sea Angling Club member Michael Taylor targeted triggerfish and landed specimens of 3lb 9oz and 3lb 1oz. Club-mate Dave Brooke landed a fine bass of 9lb.
A party of North Devon anglers fished from Ian Noble's boat off Dartmouth and succeeded in landing several large blonde ray. The biggest was a fine specimen scaling 28lb to the rod of John Shapland.
One of sea angling's greatest attractions is the potential to catch a vast range of species.
When Hazel Webber was fishing with her husband Stuart Webber on their boat off Baggy Point, triggerfish were the target but mackerel frequently took their baits.
When a harder-fighting fish was eventually swung into the boat, a first glance revealed it to be a different species and subsequent research showed the fish was a chub mackerel.
This species is more often found in the eastern Mediterranean where it is considered a delicacy.
The fish was weighed after gutting and pulled the scales to 1lb 1oz – the UK boat record is only 1lb 5oz.
A lesson here is to always check the record books before preparing a rare species for the table.
Boat anglers have been enjoying some great sport off North Devon.
Jason Avery was one of a party on board Colin Eastman's boat off Clovelly who caught numerous bass and pollock to 9lb 8oz.
Nathan Clements was targeting grey mullet in the upper Torridge when his bread flake on a size-10 hook was seized by a surprise common carp of 6lb 12oz.
These carp are often swept into the river from ponds and lakes during winter floods.
Young anglers continue to enjoy great sport at Angler's Paradise where they receive a great deal of advice from the staff and angling guide Julian Chidgey.
Robbie Wilderforce, 14, booked a guided session with Julian and hoped to beat his personal best carp of 17lb.
During a 48-hour session he landed 18 carp, five of more than 20lb and the best at 24lb. The session was topped by a stunning catfish of 44lb.
Tom Steele, 17, learnt about modern carp-fishing rigs, presentation and tactics from Julian. He put his new knowledge to good use on the main lake, landing carp of 22lb and 27lb 12oz.
Julian took time out from guiding to land a carp of 23lb 12oz from the day-ticket Xanadu Lake – a new lake record.
He also landed a 24lb 2oz mirror from the Main Lake and has been catching some fine specimen blue sharks off the Cornish coast from a large inflatable.
David Cawsey is seeking juniors to fish in a charity match at Angler's Paradise, raising funds for North Devon Hospice. Ten young anglers will take part and need to seek sponsorship.
The competitors will have the chance to qualify for a place in the Carp Aid Masters 2014. Those interested should visit matchaid.org.uk/carp-aid
Furzebray Carp Lakes continue to provide anglers with some stunning carp, many weighing more than 20lb.
Rob Parsons landed three 20s in a three-hour spell, including the mint common at 28lb 8oz.
On Sunday, Combe Martin SAC is hosting a fun fishing event as part of the Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival.
Ben and Jo from the Art Of Fishing will be demonstrating the latest in Light Rock Fishing and lure fishing; Paul Case will be there with his kayak; and inshore fishery officers and coastguards will discuss angling.
Saturday: Appledore Shipbuilders boat competition (7.30am-7.30pm).
Sunday: Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival, Combe Martin SAC fun fishing event, Ilfracombe Pier (1-4pm).
Sunday: Bideford and District Angling Club pairs and end of season match.
Sunday: Wistlandpound Fly Fishing Club Rogers and Guard Shield, fishing 10am-5pm.