IT was not a night for fishing, but North Devon League competitors headed out to face strong winds and torrential rain. The result was a 1-2-3 for Barnstaple Rod 'n' Reelers, as the welcome sight of a 10lb 13oz blonde ray made it to the scales and into fi

IT was not a night for fishing, but North Devon League competitors headed out to face strong winds and torrential rain.The result was a 1-2-3 for Barnstaple Rod 'n' Reelers, as the welcome sight of a 10lb 13oz blonde ray made it to the scales and into first place for Darren Short. Tony Gussin was second with a pouting of 1lb 2 1/4 oz while Darren also took third with a dogfish of 2lb 3 1/2 oz.Points table: Rod 'n' Reelers 50; Bideford B 34; Bideford A 31; Combe Martin 22; Sole Brothers 17 and Appledore 12.The next league heat is on February 7/8, with Rod 'n' Reelers hosting the weigh-in on the Sunday at Rolle Quay in Barnstaple, coinciding with the club's own roving event.A similar mixed bag came to the scales for Bideford's midweek sea rover, Dick Talbot taking first place with a spurdog of 6lb 9 oz. A dogfish of 1lb 15 oz also gave him second and Mike Grayson was third with a whiting of 14 1/2 oz.Winter sport has been patchy recently, but a few more fish seem to be showing, possibly stirred to feed closer inshore by the turbulent seas. In addition to reports of the odd spurdog, Barnstaple Triple Hook and Rod 'n' Reelers member Julian Stainer hooked an 8lb-plus thornback ray on Saturday, a comparative rarity in local waters these days.