Giant catch for angler Keith Armishaw off Andaman Islands
KEITH and Sandra Armishaw, of River Reads bookshop in Torrington, have returned from an exciting trip to India and the Andaman Islands.
Keith was delighted to land a giant trevally that seized his plug and scaled an impressive 66lb.
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They also fished for mahseer in the Himalayas, where they landed catches to 9lb while glimpsing huge fish of more than 50lb.
Continuing after dark, when bigger fish might have fed, was considered too risky with leopards and tigers hunting in the forest.
In North Devon, the cold easterly wind has hit angling hard, with sea fishing particularly affected.
Many boat trips have been cancelled and anglers have been unable to reach the vast shoals of spurdog in mid-channel.
Robbie Hancock won Barnstaple Triple Hook Club's Derek Phillips Memorial, landing a dogfish of 2lb 5oz.
Mark Hancock was runner-up with a dogfish of 2lb 3½oz.
Anthony Smith took first and second places in Bideford Angling Club's 24-hour rover with dogfish of 2lb 7¼oz and 2lb 5¼oz.
In third was Nathan Clements with a dogfish of 2lb 2oz.
While the cold wind tends to keep anglers away from the water's edge, the trout feed well and seem to relish the cool conditions.
Matthew Healey visited Blakewell Fishery from Guildford, Surrey, and was rewarded with a stunning brown trout of 9lb 7oz.
Steve Guscott, from Washford in Somerset, landed a brown trout of 9lb 1oz and an 8lb 2oz rainbow using a cat's whisker lure.
Numerous double-figure browns have been stocked and should put a smile on visiting anglers' faces in the coming weeks.
Rainbow trout have been averaging just over 3lb.
The River Torridge Fisheries Association held its annual meeting at the Half Moon Inn, Sheepwash.
Environment Agency fishery officer Paul Carter reported 80 per cent of salmon were returned alive during the 2012 season – an important contribution in the drive to preserve migratory fish stocks.
Matt Boydell, of the Devon Wildlife Trust, gave news of a project to restore culm grassland in the Torridge headwaters. It is hoped this will recreate the sponge effect of the land and reduce the flash spates. A slower release of groundwater will give more time in which anglers can expect sport and result in a healthier river environment.
I fished a middle Torridge beat on Saturday and found the river at a good height.
With the water very cold and clear, I was not surprised to draw a blank with salmon but was pleased to land a handsome brown trout of about 12oz.
The Devon Angling Development meeting at Bideford Angling Club outlined plans to promote the sport.
Nick Payne, the Angling Trust's Devon angling officer, is moving on following the end of his contract.
The Bideford club has opened a second Lake at Tarka Swims.
Daniel Staves caught six carp at Furzebray, topped by mirror carp Charlotte at 38lb 12oz. He also landed fish of 24lb 12oz, 22lb and three other doubles.
Dan Spearman, fishing Stafford Moor, landed a brace of fine perch of close to 3lb and a 5lb tench.
Andy Edgington won the venue's first residents match of the year with 80lb of carp from Tanners Lake.
Shane Sayers was the runner-up with 73lb.
The deadline for freshwater anglers aged over 12 to renew their rod licences passed on Monday.
Anyone fishing without a licence could face a fine of up to £2,500.
Money received from licence sales is used for the promotion of angling and the waterside environment.
Licences can be bought from any Post Office or at postoffice.co.uk/ rod-fishing-licence
Sunday: Bideford Angling Club monthly rover.
Sunday: Appledore Shipbuilders monthly rover.
Sunday: Wistlandpound Fly-Fishing Club April Trophies, Clatworthy Reservoir, 9am-5pm.
Wednesday: Bideford Angling Club midweek rover.