Hoult's brace of plaice clinch Festival cash pot
TIM Hoult came through the field on day two to win the Dartmouth Plaice Festival.
Kenneth Lynch with a brace of plaice of 2.99lb and 2.37lbs was ahead at the end of day one.
The best plaice from Saturday was bettered by Brixham SAC member Hoult with a fine fish of 3.29lbs which won him the best specimen from boat prize and a cheque for £75.
Hoult also had a 2.9lbs plaice on Saturday which gave him first prize for best two fish' and another cheque for £250.00 plus a rod.
Hoult also won the Sunday Pool prize – no wonder wife, Sally was pleased with her husband's efforts.
Weather conditions were far from ideal with strong gusty winds.
However, there was still a good turnout of keen anglers, and organisers, Dartmouth Angling and Boating Association ensured the smooth running and excellent prizes.
Senior: Tim Hoult (6.19lb), 2 - Keith Nathan (5.41), 3 - Ken Lynch (5.36),
4 - Rob Jones (4.86), 5 - Rob Caunter (4.63), 6 - Paul Millman (4.59). Junior: Joe Caunter (4.82), 2 - Archie Hodge (2.82), 3 - Joe Cooper (2.80), 4 - Lewis Sharam (1.58).
Best specimen boat - Tim Hoult (3.29), best specimen shore - Paul Lingham (0.65), best specimen (Saturday) - Ken Lynch (2.99), Best Specimen (Sunday) - Tim Hoult (3.29).
TOP of the class! That was Matt Dusgate from Paignton who had the fish of the day while out with Owen Mallia on Outlaw over inshore wrecks.
Dusgate and a group of old pals from Torquay Boys' Grammar School got together for a reunion fishing day out.
All had been at the school at least 25 years ago and in some instances travelled home to take part.
Fresh north-easterlies hampered the anglers, but skipper Mallia encouraged the group to keep changing their lures to find something that would work for them.
Mallia could see fish activity down below using his equipment in the wheelhouse.
Dusgate changed to a jelly worm and promptly became connected to a decent fish.
"After a good battle he landed a decent 15lb pollock for his efforts," said Mallia.
Another party went out over the mid-Channel wrecks, where Danny Essam from Torquay had a brace of cod and a ling.
PAIGNTON SAC fish of the month winners for April were:
Senior boat: Ray Nathan, ling 24l-9-1 (122.83%), junior boat: Nicole Allen, small-eyed-ray 7-7-6 (74.61%); senior shore: Andy Copping, thornback-ray 12-9-14 (140.19%), junior shore: Sunni Copping, mackerel 1-11-0 (96.43%).
Other fish: Terry Buckle, plaice 2-13-9. Caught from the Skerries Bank.