HUNGRY hounds" and little else snapped up the baits at the weekend as dogfish took all three placings in the first Barnstaple Rod 'n' Reelers roving competition of the year. First went to Julian Stainer with a near specimen dogfish of 1,350 grams (l

HUNGRY "hounds" and little else snapped up the baits at the weekend as dogfish took all three placings in the first Barnstaple Rod 'n' Reelers roving competition of the year.First went to Julian Stainer with a near specimen dogfish of 1,350 grams (less than a half ounce shy of 3lbs) and 99.2%.The rest of the fish were mere "puppies" by comparison, Darren Short taking second with one of 77.9% (2lb 5oz) and Dave Shapland was third with another of 73.1% (2lb 3oz.)There were plenty of small whiting, pouting and conger eels around on Saturday night, but a dearth of quality fish, perhaps due to the changeable weather conditions.Bideford's first rover of the year saw Tony Burslem in first place with a wrasse of 3lb 10 1/2 ounces (73.125%.) An ever-ready dogfish of 2lb 3oz took second for Mike Grayson at 72.917% and third went to Damian Babb with a dogfish of 2lb 2 1/8 oz.Barnstaple, Rod 'n' Reelers AGM passed without incident on Sunday, with the club continuing to fish a single specimen format for its roving competitions. It has also been decided to introduce certificates of achievement for specimen fish caught and released. New members are still very welcome to join - call Tony on 07811 987475 for details.