North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

Hopefully the recent blustery weather has stirred things up and will breathe a bit of new life into all forms of angling, including the forthcoming Bideford Open Fishing Festival.

Certainly the coast has been inundated with all manner of slimy, stringy and downright awkward weed that has made life difficult in recent weeks.

Mackerel still seem to be a bit thin on the ground and it does seem as if everything is a bit later this year out at sea.

Bideford Angling Club’s eagerly anticipated Open Fishing Festival for sea anglers will take place on the weekend of August 17-19.

Poster for the Bideford Open Fishing Festival.Poster for the Bideford Open Fishing Festival.

Once again limits are open to the entire South West coastline and fishing is from 6pm Friday night until 6pm Sunday.

There are weigh ins on the Saturday and Sunday at Reds Rowing Club on Bideford Quay from 7-7.30pm on Saturday and 7.30-8pm on Sunday.

The competition has a 100 per cent pay out and entry is £20 for the whole weekend or £10 per day.

Entry forms are available from Anglers Heaven by Bideford Pannier Market.

Zac Rastall with one of his Stafford Moor carp.Zac Rastall with one of his Stafford Moor carp.

This is not a catch and release competition and fish need to be brought back to the scales. The following fish cannot be weighed in: bass, tope, undulate ray, any type of wrasse, silver eel or allis shad. The specimen for smoothound will be 12lb.

For all other information, call or text Nathan Clements on 07837 254158.

Elsewhere, the carp at Stafford Moor have certainly been enjoying the weather. Nathan Oliver and Jason Crawford fished swim 14 on Lodge Lake and had five fish out up to 23lb.

Zac Rastall had six fish out from Swim 5 on Beatties Lake over the weekend up to 23lb 8oz.