Exmouth Sea Angling Association - Membership continues to grow.

PUBLISHED: 09:17 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

THE YEAR 2009 has been one full of fun and events for Exmouth Sea Angling Association, writes Tim Clotworthy.

THE YEAR 2009 has been one full of fun and events for Exmouth Sea Angling Association, writes Tim Clotworthy.

Without doubt, the greatest achievement of the final year of the first decade in the 21st century has been the membership number topping the hundred mark and that has meant excellent numbers in all the year's events.

Si Boeree, the club secretary, says: "This year's organised events, such as the casting tuition days, beginners teach ins and away trip to the Isle of Wight, proved really popular with members and I'm looking forward to a bigger and better 2010."

The club is responding to the increase in numbers by adding additional events to the 2010 calendar with more boat competitions set for next year.

One section rapidly increasing in popularity and numbers is the kayak angling section and they too will be catered for in 2010 with a number of events planned.

In 2009 there were no fewer than 19 new boat, shore, and junior club records recorded including some uncommon species such as undulate ray, gilthead bream, dover sole and blue shark.

A highlight of the record catches was a superb bass caught by junior George Drew of 7lb 8oz.

What is most interesting is to look back at the very first sea angling report of 2009.

We reported how members were landing bull huss, especially after dark on the rougher ground using whole squid as bait.

There were also catches reported of favourable size whiting at Hopes Nose, but one species conspicuous by their notable absence were cod, who could not be found either on the North Coast or indeed off Chesil !

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