Gaddes shows he has the fluke to win the top honour!

PUBLISHED: 09:23 07 December 2011

ESAA Exmouth Sea Front competition winners.

ESAA Exmouth Sea Front competition winners.


With good numbers of winter flounder now showing in the lower Exe Estuary, Exmouth Sea Angling Association held a competition between Mamhead Slipway and Sandy Bay, writes Simon Boeree.

Anglers expected catches of flounder and late season bass, but with strong winds, fishing was tough throughout.

Several bass were landed from the Orcombe reefs and Sandy Bay beach.

However, top species of the day were Exe flounder known locally as ‘flukes’.

Exmouth angler and club Vice President, Harry Gaddes landed a very impressive seven ‘fluke’ from the Clock Tower area bagging him first place.

Top bait for these famous Exe estuary visitors was, as always, peeler crab fished hard on the sea bed.

At the weigh-in Harry recorded 148 per cent for his match win, also bagging

the best specimen pool with a Flounder of 2lb 5oz. Second was Exmouth’s Paul Rowe with 14 per cent while Ebford angler, Tony McGinty, took third place.

The top junior angler of the day was Paul Rowe’s daughter, Kayleigh, who certainly showed many of the seniors present just how to fish! For her efforts Kayleigh won a superb fishing kit kindly donated by club member Andy Hale from Exeter.

Doing their little bit towards sustainable fish stocks, all fish caught by members, but not destined for supper, were immediately returned safe and sound from whence they came!

Pictured are L to R: Tony McGinty, Harry Gaddes, Kayleigh Rowe & Dad, Paul Rowe.

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