Dan Spearman took first in the annual CMSAC event with a 10lb-plus ray

Despite a wet and breezy night this year’s Putsborough Open beach competition has been hailed as the best yet.

An excellent specimen small-eyed ray of 10 pounds four ounces saw Dan Spearman take first place in the event hosted by Combe Martin Sea Angling Club.

In fact, numerous small eyed ray were caught, together with a bull huss for Graham Snow of 9lb 11oz to give him second place.

There were plenty of dogfish of course and even smoothound showed up.

Main sponsor Sakuma did the event proud once again, providing a fine array of prizes for the prize table to ensure many competitors were able to go home with a prize.

Wayne Thomas of CMSAC also added thanks to sponsors Braunton Baits and Ammo Baits, as well as staff at Putsborough beach for their co-operation in helping the event to continue.

Results: 1, Dan Spearman, small eyed ray, 10lb 4oz; 2, Graham Snow, huss, 9lb 11oz; 3, Lee Watts, small-eyed, 8lb 1oz; 4, Matt Jeffery – small-eyed, 7lb 15oz; 5, Graham Snow, dogfish, 2lb 5.5oz; 6, Graham Snow, dogfish, 2lb 5oz; 7, Richard Budge, small-eyed, 7lb 9oz; 8, Steve Holland, small-eyed, 7lb 8oz; 9, Daniel Welsh, small-eyed ray, 7lb 5oz; 10, Kevin Legge, dogfish, 2lb 4oz; joint 10, Ben Putman, dogfish, 2lb 4oz.

* On the reservoirs, at Wistlandpound the fishing has now started to improve with the warmer weather, with anglers regularly catching fish between one and two pounds.

A selection of black nymphs and lures (including Montanas, Vivas and Black Pheasant Tails, and Crunchers) is suggested, fished from the south east bank around to the bird hide and bay beyond.

At Wimbleball near Dulverton, bank fishing continued to be the most popular with anglers during May, although some good fish and bags were taken from boats.

The rod average for the month increased to 4.7 fish per angler. On calmer days dry fly tactics worked well, particularly with Hawthorns in the Cow Moor swim.

Intermediate lines with teams of buzzers proved to be effective, as did shallow-fished lures pulled fast. The best fish of the month was a 4lb 4oz rainbow caught by Andy Strawbridge.