CRAIG McLOUGHLIN fished Slade Reservoir and was rewarded with a fine pike of 20lb 2oz.
The water was stocked with pike from Chew Valley Lake more than 20 years ago and provided some exciting sport for several years until the original stock died out.
Fortunately, the pike spawned successfully and several generations are now in the lake with some fish reaching specimen proportions.
Those targeting these fish must remember they are not particularly resilient and need to be handled with care. Correct unhooking tools, a large unhooking mat and capacious landing net are essential. South West Lakes Trust specifies a minimum net size of 42in.
The weekend's floods kept many anglers away from the water's edge. It is essential to keep a close eye on the weather forecast if a trip is to be made.
Kevin Legge, my fellow Combe Martin Sea Angling Club member, called me and said Friday night was forecast to be dry and the tide would be ideal for a particular rock mark.
Prior engagements were shuffled and we were perched upon the rocks, watching our rod tips bounce as dogfish, huss and rockling found our squid and cuttlefish baits. Kevin secured a fine bull huss of 9lb 2oz.
Dick Talbot took top spot in Bideford Angling Club's 24-hour rover, landing a thornback ray of 9lb 1½oz. The runner-up was Andy Clements with a dogfish of 2lb 2¾oz and in third was Andy Clements with a whiting scaling 14oz.
Barnstaple Triple Hook Club's Christmas Turkey Open attracted a field of 27 anglers undeterred by the floodwater.
Flounder were surprisingly plentiful, with some anglers landing more than fish.
The winner was John Passmore with a flounder of 1lb 2oz, beating Shane Luxton's flounder of 1lb 2oz and Mark Beer's flattie of 1lb 1¾oz.
Boat anglers are finding good sport with spurdog and huss and there is every chance of big cod as the season progresses.
A party of anglers fishing from charter boat Bluefin, off Ilfracombe, landed numerous spurs to 12lb 8oz and huss to the same weight.
Kevin Shears won Ilfracombe Match Group's match at Oaktree's bottom lake, landing 40lb 7oz of carp on the pole.
Nielson Jeffery was runner-up with 27lb 8oz and Thomas Downing third with 24lb 3oz.
Andy Bailey took the silver fish prize with 10lb 9oz of roach and skimmers.
Jeffery was named the club's angler of the year, with Peter Slade and Andy Gray runners-up.
Blakewell Fishery is to be closed from January 7 to February 1 for extensive desilting work.
Floods have affected many local stillwater trout fisheries and it is to be hoped fish losses have not been too severe and normal business can resume as soon as possible.
Tomorrow and Saturday: Triple Hook Club Hangover Rover, fishing 6pm to 6pm, weigh in at Royal British Legion 7.30pm.
Sunday: Riverton Lakes Open, call Barry Lee on 07891 258611 for details.