North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

Lee Watts took second int he Bideford rover with a 12lb 7 fish.Lee Watts took second int he Bideford rover with a 12lb 7 fish.

An invasion of double figure smoothound was topped off by the capture of a very special fish at the weekend.

Rob Harris was fishing solo on a local mark for the Bideford Angling Club 24-hour rover when his rod was nearly ripped out of the rest as a 21lb ½ ounce hound headed for Lundy.

The fish took a spider crab and squid cocktail and was released after weighing.

It was a night of big hounds, with club members elsewhere landing plenty of good fish.

Lee Watts took second in the comp with a smoothie of 12lb 7 ½ oz while Andrew Clements was third with one of 11lb 7 ¾ oz.

Rob’s fish is a new club record.

If you haven’t caught a hound before, now is the time to target these obliging fish, which will happily scream the line off your reel as long as you’re offering some form of peeler crab.

They can also be caught on squid on occasion but crab tends to be the best bait, especially earlier in the year in my experience.

Stafford Moor fishery at Dolton enjoyed a great atmoisphere for its May Festrival.

The worthy winner with a perfect score of 4 points and a total weight of 434lb 13oz was Steve Ford.

In second place with also 4 points and a total of 327lb 14oz was Chris Cameron and in third was Ian Rowney with 6 points and a weight of 375lb 1oz.