There are plenty of signs autumn is well and truly here as the dogfish and flounder creep back into the sea fishing competition results. Bideford Angling Clubs 24-hour rover at the weekend saw Andrew Clements take first with a good flounder of two pound and one ounce. It was admittedly a big dog Rob Harris took second with a huss of 7lb 10oz and Andrew was also third with a proper dogfish of 1lb 14. The monthly rover the previous weekend saw Nathan Clements take first with a dogfish of 2lb 1 and Terry Dymond was second with a flounder of 1lb 4. Bideford hosts its annual Cyril Petherick Flounder Open Competition on Sunday, November 18. Fishing is in both the Taw and Torridge and entry is £5, with a 100 per cent payout. The times are from 8am to 5pm and the rules are a maximum of two rods and three hooks, with the weigh in back at Reds Rowing Club at 6pm no muddy boots please. The prize money will be split 50-30-20 with a selection box for all juniors. Signing in is at Anglers Heaven by Bideford Pannier Marker on the Saturday between 10am-4pm, or you can drop in there this week. For any queries call Nathan on 07837 254185. The rivers are starting to fish with some good-sized flounder being caught. If we avoid too much rain it could well be a good autumn. Best advice is to keep things simple, look for features in the river such as pits and deep water and be prepared to move around if need be.