NICK BEST couldn't have cut it any finer to win the Brixham SAC's centenary competition.
Best took the first prize of £350 with a boat-caught bull huss of 12-9-15.
The fish was just one per cent better rated by specimen weight than the blonde ray of 22-12-8 caught by John Heather, who won the best from boat prize.
Best fish from shore went to a junior member Ciaran Farley with another huss of 11-4-10.
Best Specimen Overall: Nick Best (bull huss); Best Fish Boat: John Heather (blonde ray); Best Fish Shore: Ciaran Farley (bull huss); Best Fish by a Lady: Kate Jordan (lesser spotted dogfish); Best Fish by any Junior: Joseph Caunter (red gurnard); Best Fish by Any Junior, Shore: Corey Upham (mackerel); Best Fish by a Brixham SAC Member: Russell Farley (lesser spotted dogfish).
Best Fish Harbours/Piers/Breakwater: Pete Hutchings (golden grey mullet); Next Best Boat Specimen: Steve Ford (blonde ray); Next Best Shore Specimen: Chris Scales (lesser spotted dogfish); Next Best Boat Specimen: Doug Mosedale (blonde ray); Next Best Shore Specimen: Mike Bailey (thick lipped mullet); Best Bull Huss: Sally Date; Best Garfish: Gordon Wafer; Best Mackerel: Paul Cottell; Best Mullet: Mark Loewy; Best Ray: Liam Ford; Best Wrasse: Rob Marshall; Best Bream: Jamie Grimshaw; Next Best Specimen Boat or Shore: Rob Dart; Next Best Boat or Shore: Tim Hoult.
THE STEAMER QUAY Competition, organised by Baywater Anglers on behalf of the Totnes Carnival Committee, ended in almost a clean sweep of the prizes by Baywater members, with them taking seven of the eight prizes on offer.
With more eels than in previous years, there was a good chance of a sizeable one showing and, in the space of five minutes, three did, two of them caught within a couple of yards of each other.
Ultimately though it was Baywater Anglers member Tony Bates, with a score of 11, including one bass and a 31.88 per cent eel, who went on to win.
A close second, Andrew Smaldon also took a bass and an eel with a specimen percentage of 23.13 per cent.
Ted Wrigley, also Baywater Anglers, scored 11 points with a bass and a slightly smaller eel.
Baywater members took all of the other prizes, with Lisa Head recording three bass and a flounder for four points and fourth place.
Stuart Flackett came in fifth with three points, just 1.5ins ahead of coordinator Martyn Green, also on three points.
Rebecca Baker took the lady prize with three points and a total length of 30.5ins. Her son, six year old Logan Baker, took the junior prize with two points and a slight lead in length.
All of entrance fees were donated to the Tones Carnival Committee for their work with local charities.
BAYWATER Anglers' first event of the new programme is a social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors on Goodrington Promenade this Friday (6pm).
The training focus will be on float fishing and prospects for catches appear good.
"This is an excellent tide with a good chance of mackerel, garfish, scad and pollack," said organiser Martyn Green.
"Light float or spinning tackle is probably the best way to proceed although legering can turn up a few surprises, especially on peeler crabs or prawns.
"Plenty of wrasse should be about – at least in the first part of the evening – and, if the steps are available, some of the children might like to experiment with float-fished ragworms on poles, which can be a very exciting way of fishing."
Contact Green on 07704 602180 for more details.