North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

Anglers continue to enjoy good sport – and eating – with flounders in the rivers Taw and Torridge.

Bideford’s Christmas competition saw a good turnout, with 69 entries.

There were a host of donated prizes to choose from, with Lee Necombe taking first place, Martin Johns in second and Howard Lewis in third. Sam Ray and D Pert shared fourth place.

Sam also took first in the junior section, while Alyssa Williams was second, with Tommy Taylor third and sixth and Charlie Jenkins fourth and fifth.

Lee Watts thanked all those who had donated prizes for the event and the organisers for their hard work.

Flounder dominated Bideford’s monthly rover too, with Andy Clements taking first and fourth with fish of one pound 13 and a quarter ounces and 1lb 7 ½.

Graham Snow was second and third with flounder of 1lb 10 ½ and 1lb 8 ¾.

An early reminder for your diaries that the new year North Devon League heat will be held over the weekend of January 21-22 with the weigh in at Bideford.

In other news, the Environment Agency (EA) has released its annual report on rod licence income, with £21million collected nationally.

In Devon and Cornwall licence income has been spent on installing five new fish passes opening up 20km of spawning ground and habitat for fish on rivers including the Exe and Camel.

The EA said in the two counties it had checked 1,479 rod licences and brought 15 successful prosecutions for fisheries offences.