A superb brace of smoothounds gave Taz Wotton first and second in this years Bideford Open Fishing Festival. As the 33 contestants scurried to the four corners of the South West, Taz and Lee Watts found a mark that just kept on giving. Taz landed dozens of hounds, his best weighing in at 16 pounds 1 ½ ounces for 160.936 per cent and 15lb for 150 per cent. Lee took third with one of 12lb 3 ½. It continues a great run of form for Taz, who has just won both championships in the Bideford clubs sea section. Organisers would like to thank the 33 contestants and two juniors who once again helped to make the event such a success. Yours truly was not so lucky my trip further up the channel in search of the elusive ray yielded one small pouting at the first mark and nothing at all at the second. The trip did yield a very glorious sunset near Weston-super-Mare and incredibly sore knees from all the walking, which put paid to any further fishing plans on the Sunday. Elsewhere, Blakewell has been fishing well. The fish have been evenly spread throughout the lake with notable catches from all areas with no clear hotspots. Some of the larger browns have regularly been showing in the areas under the large overhanging trees. While the water stays warm consider small dry flies or fish the washing line technique, letting your line drift and just retrieving to keep in touch. Catches include a 12lb 6oz rainbow for Steve Davidson from Kent, while Barnstaples Andy Facey had one of 13lb and Gary Matthews one of 12lb 8oz. Andy Benson from Appledore had a 7lb 4oz brown.