North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

Bideford’s Angling Festival at the weekend saw a Taz Wotton double as he won the event for the second year in a row.

Two good specimen smoothound of 13 pound three ounce and 13lb 2 ½ oz (131.875 and 131.562 per cent) gave him both first and second.

Third went to Nathan Clements with a nice mullet of 4lb 10 ¼ (116 per cent) and Antony Smith took fourth with a conger eel of 21lb 5 oz (106.56 per cent). Antony also won the pool for the closest fish to 105 per cent. The turn out saw 30 senior entries and two juniors.

Anglers looking for something to target in the coming weeks could try for a triggerfish, though I have yet to hear of any showing up in North Devon this year.

Ledgering off deepwater rock marks with small (size 4 or 2) hooks, crab or squid strip is the way to go if you want to try and catch one.

With September looming, flounder season is almost upon us, but personally I’d wait at least another month as the Taw and Torridge will be swarming with bait-robbing crabs and tiny bass fry.

At Stafford Moor, Alexander McDonald had eight fish out in 24 hours from Beatties Lake with weights up to 23lb 10oz.

Meanwhile, Neil Edworthy and his children Taylor and Charlie-Marie who had 14 fish out in 20 hours on the dam wall at Beatties.

The Moor festival week weight record was broken during the London Regional Postal Festival held in the past week. Fred Davis won and Mark Goggins was second.