Catching the rays at the Putsborough Open 2018

The Putsborough Open prize winners. Picture: North Devon Angling News
The Putsborough Open prize winners. Picture: North Devon Angling News

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Andrew Atkinson with a small-eyed ray during the Putsborough Open. Picture: North Devon Angling News Andrew Atkinson with a small-eyed ray during the Putsborough Open. Picture: North Devon Angling News

Combe Martin Sea Angling Club’s Putsborough Open attracted 49 anglers and plenty of fish on Saturday night.

The winner was Ross Stanway with a dogfish of 2lb, one of several he landed that also won him the pool for the best brace with a second dogfish weighing 1lb 14.5oz, which also took third.

Wayne Thomas at North Devon Angling News reported: “The fishing proved to be productive for some with small eyed ray, bass, smoothound, turbot and dogfish caught from all along the beach.

“No exceptional specimens were caught this year to match previous catches that have included double figure small eyed ray, tope to over 40lb, blonde ray to over 10lb and huss and conger into double figures.”

A small turbot caught during the Putsborough Open. Picture: North Devon Angling News A small turbot caught during the Putsborough Open. Picture: North Devon Angling News

Andrew Atkinson was second with a small eyed ray of 6lb 10oz, while Julian Druce was fourth with a nice bass of 5lb 1oz.

Dogfish and ray made up rest of the placings.

The competition was sponsored by Sakuma and Ilfracombe High Street Tackle, enabling the top 12 to walk away with an array of tackle in addition to the £100 first and £50 second prizes.

The club would like to thank the owners of Putsborough beach for allowing it to hold the event and all those who travelled some distance.

Dogfish were the deciding factor for the Putsborough Open. Picture: North Devon Angling News Dogfish were the deciding factor for the Putsborough Open. Picture: North Devon Angling News

The Barnstaple Rod ‘n’ Reelers monthly comp saw Steve Luxton take first with the only fish weighed in, a smoothound of 11lb.

Bideford’s monthly rover the weekend before saw Andrew Clements in first place with a wrasse of 4lb 9, Terry Dymond was in second spot with a smoothound of 8lb 8 and Taz Wotton third with a thornback ray of 7lb 1.


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