Putsborough Sea Fishing Mark

This gently-shelving surf beach is a popular summer venue, but can yield fish throughout the year. Peak months are from April until September.
Small-eyed ray are the main species with specimens topping 10lb most years. Bass are landed, especially if there is a bit of surf. Large conger eels are caught, particularly during the autumn. Being a popular tourist beach, fishing is only practical after dark. Try two hours each side of low water with the flood tide best. The venue is sheltered from south-westerly winds and is a good alternative if exposed local beaches are unfishable.

 

SPECIES
Small-eyed ray, dogfish, bass, conger, small turbot, whiting and occasional blonde ray.

 

BEST BAITS
Live or frozen sandeels for rays, with squid or mackerel alternatives that also attract bass, conger and dogfish.

 

TACKLE
This sandy beach is virtually snag free, so standard beach tackle is all that is needed coupled with a paternoster or pulley rig.

 

GETTING THERE
Take the A361 from Barnstaple to Braunton and then follow the signs from Braunton to Saunton (B3231). Drive past Saunton and into the village of Croyde. Go through Croyde and turn left at the signpost marked Putsborough beach. Follow this narrow country lane and the signs that lead to the beach car park.

 

TACKLE SHOPS
The Kingfisher, 22 Castle St, Barnstaple, tel: 01271 344919.
Variety Sports, 23 Broad St, Ilfracombe, tel: 01271 862039.
TW Tackle Direct, 10 Belgrave Promenade, Wilder Rd, Ilfracombe, tel: 01271 862363.


Directions : Take the A361 from Barnstaple to Braunton and then follow signs to Saunton B3231. Drive past Saunton and into the village of Croyde. Go through Croyde and turn left at the signpost marked Putsborough beach. Follow this narrow country lane and the signs that lead to the beach car park
Season : April to September

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