North Devon Winter League No 2 fished on Mill Park , Berrynarbor .

North Devon Match Group enjoyed a day fishing for the silver fish for which this venue has gained a reputation for some stunning nets.

1st Martin Turner 17lb 15oz

2nd Martin Crouch 15lb 14oz

3rd Richard Jefferies 13lb 6oz

4th  Paul Elworthy 9lb 15oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 9lb 14oz.

Twelve fished Conditions in near perfect although light rain dampened the competitors at the weigh in. The larger roach which normally dominate the the frame proved more difficult to tempt Martin Turner  managed to land a decent net of them on peg 2 for 1st place , using long pole with hemp ,casters and tares . Martin Crouch’s first visit to the venue was rewarded with a waggler caught net for 2nd place , which included a fine near double common carp, landed on the stream side peg 10. Richard Jefferies on the adjacent peg 9 also landed a carp and some skimmers on the tip for 3rd spot. Paul Elworthy alternated between tip and pole on peg 1 for 4th place.


Upper Tamar
Competitions announcement
South West Lakes Trust is delighted to announce a new sponsor for its carp competitions in
The Trust has
teamed up with Carp fishing giants Mainline to offer a new series for
competitors branded the
‘Mainline Baits Carp Open’.
There will be three Mainline Carp Opens in 2019 which will run on the following dates: 29-31 March, 5
-7 July and 4-6 October. The series is based at 81acre complex Upper Tamar
Lake on the Cornwall and Devon border which is stocked with carp to 36lbs.
Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling for South West Lakes Trust, said, ‘I am absolutely delighted
to be involved with Mainline Baits for these competitions moving forwards. When the
opportunity arose to work together and after discussions
went really well it was an easy decision for me to make. I am excited by what Mainline can offer and look forward to
building something special for everyone involved. Mainline Baits are arguably the largest supplier of carp fishing bait in the UK and across the world and already they have agreed to putting up some great prizes for 2019 which will benefit everyone who enters one of thecompetitions’.
Kev Knight from Mainline Baits, said,
“Having heard about the great competitions and carp matches that Ben, Gary and team of volunteer bailiffs had been providing
down at Tamar Lakes, we were more than happy to be able to lend our support and sponsorship of the Carp Open events. Funnily enough we’ve attracted a number of good anglers from Devon, Cornwall and the south west over the years, making some good friends along the way. So it was no surprise to us that a ‘friendly’ atmosphere is one the things the Carp Open at Tamar is best known for –
so we’re very proud to be helping these events continue.”
Each competition will offer competitors a chance to win a share of £3500 in prize money.
The winners will scoop £2000, runners up £1000 and third place £500. There will be section prizes sponsored by Mainline and also goody bags for everyone who enters with some fantastic Mainline products in each one! Bookings are now being taken for the 2019 competitions on 01566 771930. for more information, please contact:
Annabel Underwood
Public Relations and Campaigns Officer
South West Lakes Trust
01566 771930

North Devon Match Group Championship No. 10 @ Darracott Reservoir

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An impressive win for Tom Downing at Darracott not often there is such a large winning margin! Well done Tom!

1st Tom Downing 20lb 1oz

2nd Martin Crouch 3lb 15oz

3rd Martin Turner 3lb 6oz

4th  Michael Blake 3lb 0oz

5th StuartShelly Burridge 2lb 3oz

16 fished

Tom Downing drew peg 11 in the middle of the dam wall and totally dominated the match with a lovely net of whip caught rudd on maggot. The rest of the field were left in the wake on a cold ,hard, clear venue. Martin Crouch managed to scratch around on the feeder with fluoro pinkies of peg 8 for 2nd , Martin Turner drew opposite on peg 17 and managed a few small roach on a sliding float for 3rd . With very few fish caught on the pole line Michael Blake ,opted for the feeder and despite losing a large carp early , took enough for 4th spot.

Tarka Swims BDAC Coarse Section monthly competition.

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Tarka Swims Bideford & District AC Coarse Section monthly competition.

1st Martin Turner 9lb 13oz

2nd Pete Slade 4lb 15 1/2oz

3rd Richard Jefferies 4lb 15 1/4oz

4th Steve Bailey 4lb 4oz .

Sunday’s 5 hour match was fished by 9 members in damp,cooler conditions. Martin Turner anded a good carp after 40 mins on peg P this fish, along with 2 skimmer bream on 6mm pellet on the bomb gave him victory. Pete Slade on peg H landed a good net of silver fish to beat  Richard Jefferies by a mere quarter ounce for 2nd place.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No.1 Wooda Fishery

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1st  Neilsen Jeffery 84lb 1oz

2nd Paul Morris 73lb 11oz

3rd  Shaun Stenton 65lb 4oz

4th  Christopher Morris 63lb 8oz

5th Martin Turner 48lb 4oz

6th Mark Richard 45lb 11oz .

15 fished.We used the 2 lower match lakes on the prolific complex and enjoyed a dry still autumnal day. Neilsen Jeffery got his winter league campaign off to a great start with a net of pole caught carp from the roadside bank on the bottom lake , Paul Morris was next peg and landed his 2nd place catch on both method feeder and pole. Shaun Stenton used similar tactics on the first lake for 3rd place  Christopher Morris was 4th from the opposite bank.

Bideford Angling Club – Versus Plymouth CAC

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Bideford hosted this inter-club match – report from Martin Turner

Bideford 48lb 12oz Plymouth 32lb 15oz Bideford win over 2 legs 152lb 11oz to 101lb 9oz.


1st Martin Turner 20lb 9oz

2nd Ian Sedgewick 10lb 11oz

3rd John Moore 9lb 13oz

4th Dell Colman 9lb 9oz

5th Steve Bailey 8lb 12oz

6th Martin Rushton 7lb 10oz

Tarka fished very hard and the 18 competitors struggled for bites, Martin Turner only caught a few roach on the pole but managed to find 3 carp on the banded pellet on a straight lead on peg I for 1st place .A single late carp and a bream on the pole on peg M was enough for 2nd spot for Ian, 3rd and 4th places were also single carp on the pole for Plymouth members John and Dell. We hope to make this an annual fixture.

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Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs

Woods and Ford win the Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs and scoop £2000……
Nigel Woods and Richard Ford from Launceston, Cornwall, won the Pallatrax carp pairs competition at Upper Tamar Lake on the 28-30 September. They chose peg 6 which was a shallow peg and fished really well over the weekend to land 5 carp for 72lbs 10oz to scoop the £2000 top prize.

Karl and Alfie Yates (Bude) were second winning £1000 with 4 fish for 52lb 9oz and Allan Jones and Matthew Pepperell (Bude) were third winning £500 with 4 fish for 46lb 8oz.

The largest fish of the weekend was Richard Ford with a 20lb 5oz mirror carp

Inter-club match Bude Canal Angling Association versus North Devon Match Group

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Inter-club match Bude Canal Angling Association versus North Devon Match Group Results BCAA 140-5 points NDMG 112-5 pts After 2 legs the teams tied on points 276-5, As holders NDMG retain the cup.

Top individuals

1st Christopher Morris  20lb 5oz

2nd  Simon John Allen 15lb 15oz

3rd Martin Turner 11lb

4th Matthew Sampson 9lb 6oz .

Stiff, cold westerly sea breeze made for some tricky fishing conditions, Christopher Morris NDMG fished the tip and waggler on the top basin for a terrific winning weight. 2nd and 3rd places were decided on the bottom basin,where both team captains Simon John Allen  and Martin Turner battled it out on adjoining pegs. Bude’s captain came out on top and helped his team secure a clear victory on the day.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 9 @ Lakeview Morchard Rd.

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North Devon Match Group Championship No 9 @ Lakeview Morchard Rd.


1st Duncan Edwards 82lb

2nd Kevin Shears 63lb 10oz

3rd Neilsen Jeffery 39lb 4oz

4th Paul Elworthy 29lb 10oz

5th Martin Turner 27lb 9oz.

16 anglers fished. Duncan Edwards drew on the unfancied road side bank and had a good start on the pole with paste then switched to a feeder casting between the 2 islands, his winning weight was well clear of 2nd place Kevin Shears who drew on the same bank and fished the pole as did third placed Neilsen Jeffery. Conditions were fairly bright and breezy with a distinct autumnal feel.

Stafford Moors September Pairs Festival 2018

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The worthy winners of Stafford Moors September Pairs Festival 2018 with a fab combined weight of 620lb 10oz and 5 points is Pete Upperton and Robbie Taylor (GURU) well done guys ! In second place with 5 points and a total combined weight of 408lb 12oz was Adam Lee and Mark Goddard, in third place with 5 points and a combined weight of 382lb7oz was Lee Werrett and Andy Neil, in fourth place with 6 points and a combined total weight of 347lb 12 oz was Steve Ford and Craig Edmunds aka ‘trigger’ MOSELLA UK. Thank you to everyone who took part was a fab turn out of 80 entrants (a full house).