North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

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 Club’s 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.