Graham wins North Devon League heat in style with two cracking thin-lipped mullet

A cracking brace of thin-lipped mullet gave Graham Snow first and second place in last weekend's North Devon League heat.

The best fish weighed in at a stonking 5lb 7 ¼ ounce specimen for 145.417 per cent, with another of 4lb 15 ¾ oz or 132.917 per cent.

It is a new Bideford club record and a long sought-after goal for Graham, who said it took some 40 minutes to land the largest fish. He was fishing for Bideford A team.

Third place went to Dan Redmore of Bideford B, with a smoothound of 8lb 5 ¾ oz.

The next league heat will be on the weekend of September 19/20, with the weigh-in at Bideford.

It was a fairly quiet night for most of the league's anglers, with few other fish of note. I opted for a beach session after the bass - mainly because I was feeling lazy, but it is also one of my favourite forms of fishing.

With big baits out a short distance into the surf, you never know when that big bass will strike. It's a waiting game, but when that rod tip goes over it feels worth it.

So it proved on Saturday, when after three hours of watching shooting stars and without fuss, my rod tip nodded twice and then curved seaward.

Sadly it wasn't the hoped-for monster, weighing in at around 3lb 4oz and not large enough for the competition, but it still gave a good account of itself and helped make the session.

The open league match at Stafford Moor last Sunday saw Brian Shanks win on peg 30 of Woodpecker lake with a bag of 112lb 9oz, fishing shallow on the pole. Martin Heard was second with 103lb 9oz.

Steve and Kelly Holdsworth fished on Lodge Lake at the Moor to record some great catches on live system boilies, including carp up to 19lb 6oz.