North Devon angling scene with Tony Gussin

Liam Shipway and Charli had eight fish between them from the inlet swim on Beatties Lake at Stafford MoorLiam Shipway and Charli had eight fish between them from the inlet swim on Beatties Lake at Stafford Moor

The ‘Beast from the East’ has slunk back into its lair for the moment but North Devon’s sea anglers did have a powerful swell to contend with on Saturday night.

Thornback ray dominated Bideford Angling Club’s 24 hour rover and so did the Clements clan.

Andrew Clements was first with a thornback of 7lb 14 and-a-half ounces or 80.9 per cent, while Nathan was second with another of 6lb 12 ½ oz or 75.1 per cent.

Kyle Blackmore was third with a pouting of 75 per cent.

Barnstaple Rod ‘n’ Reelers are back in the saddle with a series of informal monthly rovers – Steve Luxton taking the March honours with a decent dogfish of 1,110 grams or 81.6 per cent and yours truly was second with a pollack of 1,360g or 72.2 per cent.

Paul Ackland was third with a three-bearded rockling of 520g or 65.5 per cent.

Generally speaking the March doldrums are well under way, with rockling, dogs, huss and eels the main staple of North Devon sea angling diets for the next few weeks.

The end of March is usually a good time to make the first foray out to try for small-eyed ray at Putsborough or Woolacombe beaches, although it’s possible the cold weather will have kept water temperatures down this year.

At Stafford Moor Liam Shipway and Charli had eight fish between them from the inlet swim on Beatties Lake in 24 hours, including two instances of double takes.

The March Silvers Festival saw Mark Goddard win with five points and 98lb 8oz.

Mark also won the largest bag of 37lb 9oz from peg 10 on Pines Lake, while in second place was Des Shipp with five points and a total weight of 85lb 6oz.