IN between the battering swells some very good fish have been failing to local anglers including a monster shore caught smoothound of 18 pounds 15 ounces for Julian Stainer from Landkey. The colossal starry smoothound took 15 minutes to land after screaming off with a frozen peeler crab bait at a North Devon shore mark. It breaks the Barnstaple Rod n Reelers club record and the same night Julian landed another three hounds, all into double figures and including a new club common smoothound record of 12lb 10 oz. At the weekend Julians success continued, winning the Rod n Reelers roving competition with a 11lb 1 ¾ oz bull huss of 111%. Unfortunately it was not quite enough to provide top spot in the first North Devon League heat of the year for the Triple Hook team, taking second place to a fine near double figure bass of 9lb 15 ½ oz caught by Dave Brooke fishing for Combe Martin A. Andrew Atkinson took third with a grey Mulley of 3lb 2 oz. The next league heat will be on the weekend of July 23\/24, with the weigh hosted by Appledore. August is over the 13\/14, with Bideford hosting.