JASON BARROW has invested considerable effort in recent weeks in attempting to hook into a blue shark.
He was rewarded at last when a trip aboard John Barbeary's boat Bluefin, off Ilfracombe, ventured far down past the mouth of the Bristol Channel.
A fine specimen blue shark of 12llb 8oz succumbed to Barrow's bait.
His friend Guy Spriggs also hooked a blue of more than 60lb, and they boated several large garfish of more than 2lb, along with haddock.
The last couple of years have seen several blues in excess of the British record of 218lb boated, the latest caught off Penzance was estimated at 248lb.
Ten members of Combe Martin Sea Angling Club (SAC) fished from Bluefin for the Wilson Trophy. Dave Shapland won with a bull huss scaling 13lb. Runner-up was Mike Taylor with a tope of 32lb 8oz. The party also landed pollock, bass and gurnard.
Jeremy Johnson and Brian Graham fished from their private boat off Lynmouth and enjoyed a great day's sport, catching a pollock of 7lb 7oz, 11 trigger fish to 2lb 14oz and 13 tope to 30lb.
Daniel Benham fished from a local beach to land a personal best bass scaling 6lb 3oz and a brace of small-eyed ray to almost 5lb.
Combe Martin SAC member Simon Silvester landed a fine specimen grey mullet of 5lb 1oz while fishing a local shore mark.
On Saturday, a match based at Lynmouth will raise money for Lynton and Lynmouth Football Club.
The entry fee is £10, with fishing from Baggy Point to Minehead.
For further details e-mail James or Naomi Gubb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07515 567915.
Tony Gooch took top spot in Bideford Angling Club's midweek rover with a dogfish of 2lb.
Kevin Peach was second and third with dogs of 1lb 15oz and 1lb 14oz.
Triple Hook Club's Women's and Junior Open Match on the Taw estuary saw members endure a dismal morning of rain. Catches were poor as Joan Cairns secured the women's prize with a flounder scaling 13oz.
Lewis Beer won the junior section with a flounder of just over 11oz, beating Jack Toleman's flounder by three-eighths of an ounce.
Thomas Downing took top spot in Ilfracombe Match Group's latest fixture at a windswept Upper Tamar Lake, landing 63lb 4oz of bream to 5lb each, using ground bait feeder and corn tactics.
The runner-up was Nielson Jeffery with 49lb 1oz of bream to 7lb and in third was Colin Ashby with 18lb 15oz.
Paul James enjoyed a 48-hour session at Slade Reservoir, landing eight carp, two of which topped the 20lb barrier.
Carp will feed well now as temperatures start to drop.
Pike anglers will also be setting out as their traditional season begins.
Dennis Toleman won Triple Hook's Autumn Shield at Jennets Reservoir with a mixed bag of bream, roach and rudd totalling 26lb 1oz.
John Vaughan was runner-up with a mixed bag of 16lb 4oz.
Ian Collins fished Stafford Moor's Beatties Lake, catching 43 double-figure carp, including six fish of more than 20lb. Collins fed heavily with home-made boilies.
Martin Turner took first place in Bideford and District's end of season game match at Bratton Water, landing three rainbows for a total weight of 7lb 11½oz. In second place was Matt Sanders with three for 7lb ½oz, third was Mike Pearson with three for 6lb 4oz, and fourth was Terry Diamond with 6lb 1oz.
A few sea trout have been landed from lower beats on the Torridge and a couple of salmon have succumbed on upper beats, including a 5lb grilse to Paul Robinson.
Torridge salmon anglers have a fortnight of extra fishing. For details, call Charles Inniss on 01409 231237.
Saturday: Lynton and Lynmouth Charity Match, book in Lynmouth Town Hall 8.30-9.30am, weigh in Rising Sun, Lynmouth, 7.45pm.
Sunday: Ilfracombe Match Group away fixture against Bude Bay Pirates, Bude canal.
Sunday: Wistlandpound Flyfishers Beeney Trophy, Clatworthy, fishing 9am to 5pm.