CARP are feeding well at Stafford Moor since the onset of slightly cooler weather.
Robert Long fished a session on Beatties and landed 20 carp to 28lb 4oz.
James Mayhew caught 23 doubles to 18lb 6oz and, in a 24-hour session on Joseph's Lake, Richard Basey landed 64 carp up to 18lb for a total weight of at least 650lb.
Match anglers have also been enjoying action at the complex with Andy Boffing winning a recent event on Tanners with 185lb.
David Blackaller enjoyed a session at Furzebray Carp Lakes where he caught a superbly conditioned linear mirror known as Zip at 23lb 8oz.
Barry Lee and Scott Bowden had a hectic eight-hour session at Jennets Reservoir, landing nine carp.
Scott had the biggest carp of the session at 21lb 6oz, while Barry's best was a fine common of 17lb 11oz.
All the fish were tempted using Pallatrax Jungle boilies.
Anthony Smith took first and second in the latest heat of the North Devon League with grey mullet of 4lb 7½oz and 3lb14½oz. Third was Nathan Clements with a grey mullet of 3lb 7½oz
Paul Ackland won Rod 'n' Reelers' monthly rover with a dogfish scaling 2lb ½oz, which beat Tony Gussin with a dogfish of 2lb.
Several bass have been landed from shore marks, including one of 6lb 13oz to the rod of Combe Martin Sea Angling Club member Ross Stanway and one of close to 7lb for James Pitkeathly.
It is with regret I report the death of Peter Lapsley, a distinguished angler who was the author of several angling books.
Peter fished the River Torridge on several occasions, staying at the Half Moon Inn where he became friends with Charles Inniss.
I met Peter last autumn at the launch of Charles's book Torridge Reflections. We had a short but fascinating discussion from which it was apparent Peter had an enviable knowledge of trout fishing and entomology relating to fly-fishing.
He penned a fitting foreword to Torridge Reflections, the standard edition of which is now going into a third print run.
Mac McCarthy fished a middle River Taw beat and landed a 4lb grilse and 2lb sea trout using a size 12 silver cascade. A few grilse have been tempted from the Taw despite the very low level.
Wistlandpound Fly-Fishing Club members travelled to Tavistock Trout Fishery to compete for the Berry Shield Trophy.
The fish proved difficult to tempt but Nigel Bird caught four rainbows for a bag totalling 9lb 14oz. I was the runner-up with three trout scaling 7lb and in third was Colin Combe with three for 6lb 11oz.
South West Lakes Trust is running a Junior Coarse Fishing Day for children aged up to 14 at Upper Tamar Lake on Wednesday (10am-3pm). A qualified instructor will be present and all tackle and bait is provided for £3.
For further details and to book a place call 01566 771930.
I read recently of an angler who died after losing his footing in a river while wearing chest waders.
They are an invaluable piece of equipment that enables the angler to cover water otherwise unreachable.
But they do encourage the angler to take a step into deep water where a strong current and a slippery riverbed can lead to loss of footing.
If this happens it is essential to remain calm.
The advice is to keep the feet up and allow the air within the waders to aid floatation. Then drift feet first downstream with the current until shallow water is reached.
The late Hugh Falkus penned an excellent chapter on wading and angling safety in his classic book Salmon Fishing. One sentence I have always retained is: "Panic in such a situation can be fatal."
Saturday: Bideford and District Angling Association AGM.
Saturday: Appledore Shipbuilders boat Competition, fishing 8.30am-8.30pm.
Sunday: Bideford Angling Club Des Clements Memorial.
Wednesday: Bideford Angling Club midweek rover.