North Devon angling scene with Tony Gussin....

With Easter looming and – weather permitting – the chance to get out and wet a line, spare a thought for whom a fishing trip is not quite so simple.

Paul Bailey from Torrington is confined to a wheelchair and got in touch with me to appeal through this column for suggestions of places he might sea fish, or boat skippers who might be able to accommodate him on a trip.

He was a keen sea angler and still is, but was paralysed from the chest down after an accident.

He is still able to fish from easy access spots such as Bideford Quay and Ilfracombe Pier is another possibility, but he would like to hear from anyone with any other ideas.

“I am desperately keen to go fishing but I am hampered by the fact I’m in a wheelchair,” he said.

“I am especially keen to hear from anyone with a boat that is wheelchair accessible. I know lots of people in a similar situation that would like to go fishing – there are a lot out there.”

If you have any suggestions or run a charter boat that could help Paul, he can be contacted on 01805 628246 or email

The weekend’s North Devon League sea angling match saw anglers struggle again with the poor time of year and the strong westerly winds.

Dan Redmore took first place for Bideford B with a fairly rare visitor to the scales in the form of a shore rockling of 13 ¾ ounces.

Second went to Antony Smith of Bideford A with a dogfish of 2lb 7 ¾ oz while Steve Baker was third with another dogfish of 2lb 4 ½.

The final league heat of the season is on the weekend of April 11-12, weighing in at Appledore.