DARTMOUTH SAC's Justin Weeks was the winner by a distance at the Wyvern Division Small Boat Angling Championships.
The competition was to submit the best two specimens caught and tot up their percentage values. The angler with the best aggregate would be the winner.
Weeks' ballan wrasse of 5lbs exactly came in at 90.9 per cent of specimen weight – the best submitted by any winning angler.
His 3-12-8 mullett (89.4%) gave a combined per centage of 183.30, comfortably more than Mike Spiller off Honiton SAC, whose trigger fish and ballan wrasse combined were 142.2%.
First prize was a GPS sounder supplied by sponsors Lowrance – and £500 in cash.
Third place went to Danny Dagger of Shaldon, whose prize was a Lowrance VHF radio. The total value of prizes topped the £2,000 mark.
Trophies and prizes were presented by festival patron Francis Wills of Bonwitco Boats Kingsbridge at the premises of the Boat Crew, Salcombe.
The Festival was held in torrential rain with gusting easterly winds on the first day which resulted in boats being restricted to within the bar and estuary.
Despite the conditions some good fish were caught with trigger fish, thornback ray, mullet and wrasse the main species brought to the scales.
The weather on the second day improved slightly with less rain.
On the advice of the festival commodore Chris Winzor the boats were restricted to the harbour. As on the first day, some good fish were caught.
A TRIP along the South Devon coastline brought a new personal-best bass for Kingswear's Clive Bennett.
Bennett had put together a small party for day out from Dartmouth on-board Outlaw skippered by Owen Mallia.
The target fish were bass and the party went out with a clear plan to catch them.
"We planned on using live mackerel to lure some of the larger bass, but locating the large shoals is becoming more challenging as the winter looms," said skipper Mallia
"Thankfully we found a few, so we made our way out to the marks, so we caught the best of the tide.
"With a little perseverance it wasn't too long before Clive felt his mackerel livebait sending the tell-tale vibrations up his braided line just before the fish had hit his bait and tore off towards the seabed for refuge.
"Following a good battle, Clive managed to have the fish alongside and slipped in to the landing net.
"His patience was rewarded with his prize fish, a beautiful 8lbs-plus bass."
Mallia and fellow skipper Dave Ridalls (Saltwind of Dart) organised the annual Dartmouth RNLI Benefit Day.
Twenty anglers took part over the one day event, and this year ventured to the wrecks littered to the South of Start Point.
The weigh-in took place on the Town Quay in Dartmouth, and was followed by the prize-giving at Dartmouth Angling Club.
First prize went to Wes Donohughe from Paignton with a fine pouting and a red gurnard which gave him a combined score of 132.4 per cent.
He was awarded the RNLI Lloyd Saunders commemorative Shield and a Fladden Maxximus Solid Carbo boat rod.
Second was Martin Keane from Dartmouth. He weighed in a pollock and a red gurnard giving him a total score of 130.0 per cent His prize was a Rovex rod-and-reel combination.
Tim Hoult from Paignton was third with a red gurnard and channel pollock totalling 104 per cent.
Johnny Chick, Graham Webb and Nick Evans filled the remaining places.
The Mike Concannon Trophy for the best overall species was awarded to Keane for his 1lbs 11oz red gurnard.
The random two-man team prize - highest overall combined score - was awarded to Graham Webb and Tim Hoult.
BRIXHAM'S Rob Caunter fished a Lyme Bay wreck to find a few bass, his best on 8-3-4, son Joseph getting them to 6-6-1.
The club's mullet competition had poor results with many blanks reported.
The winner was John Heather with a boat-caught golden-grey of 2-2-6.
The day before the competition Jason Upham visited a Plymouth shore mark for mullet and found numerous fish. His best was a golden-grey of 2-6-12.
A reminder to members, the club has a month-long shore conger hunt through October.