North Devon angling scene with Tony Gussin

The Stafford Moor winter pairs league match saw some decent weights despite the weekend’s wet and windy weather.

Nathan Underwood had the heaviest bag of 90 pounds 2 ounces, fishing on Woodpecker lake, while Mal King wasn’t far behind with 82lb 2oz.

John Bailey hauled in 53lb 14oz on Tanners, closely followed by Ricky Johnston with 51lb 15oz.

Nathan fished waggler on the deck using 8mm pellets.

Mark Gibson and his five-year-old son Ollie caught more than 90 fish in a 48-hour session using sweetcorn and frozen mainline cell. The biggest Mark caught was a 28lb 9oz from the dam wall on Lodge Lake.

Bideford and District Angling Club’s Cyril Petherick open competition for flounder also fell foul of the weather, with torrents of fresh water pouring down the river.

Matt Druce was first with a flounder of 1lb 6oz, with P Pert in second and Nick Blight in third. The pool went to Nick Job while Tommy Taylor was the junior winner.

Despite the weather, there was a good turnout of 34 senior entries and two juniors.

Bideford’s next competition is the Christmas open on December 13. Visit the Bideford & District Angling and Social Club page for more details.

Now is the time to start getting out there and targeting cod and codling – it’s the angler willing to stand out there in all weathers who is likely to connect with these much-prized fish.

Estuary marks such as Appledore slipway and Greysands, or deep water coastal headlands with a good tide run are all spots worth trying.

Think big baits, big(ish) hooks and go for baits such as peeler crab, black lugworm, fresh blow lug and whole squid, or a combination of the above!