Bideford Angling Club – Latest Match Result

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Tarka Swims Monthly Comp.

1st Steve Bailey 42lb 5oz

2nd Colin Gorman  34lb 15oz

3rd Tyler Scott   20lb 4oz

4th Martin Rushton  18lb 7oz

5th Martin Turner  15lb 2oz

Silver winner  Richard Jefferies  8lb 8oz .

Todays match was fished by 15 competitors, in heavy rain showers, Steve drew on peg P. ,which was the golden peg on the day and therefore added a bonus £50 to his winnings. He fished into the dense weedbed and managed to extract some big carp on the pole on pellets and corn. Colin Gorman who finished in second spot, drew on the opposite corner on peg L, he has fished a method feeder with banded robin red pellets for 7 good carp, Junior member Tyler Scott who drew on peg K did very well to land 2 large carp on the pole for third place,  Martin Turner fished the straight lead to land 4 carp on peg I for fourth place. The Silvers prize went to Richard Jefferies with a feeder caught net of skimmer bream from peg R. The overall standings with 4 matches remaining Martin Tuner 88 John Lisle 70 Steve Bailey 59

North Devon Tackle Club – Match Result

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Darracott Reservoir Results 12/08/18

Winner on the day was Norman Martin
Norman fished a combination of the method feeder & the whip for a total of 31lb 7oz which included a 14lb 3oz carp.

2nd was day from the shallow end was Dean Vickery who put 200+ small roach / rudd on the scales for a 18lb 1oz total.

3rd  was Peter Seward who had a 15lb 7oz mixed bag.


North Devon Match Group Summer League No. 5

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 Horwood Lakes

1st Neilsen Jeffery 85lb 8oz

2nd John Lisle 64lb 2oz

3rd John Forster 34lb 3oz

4th  Paul Ware 24lb

5th  Paul Elworthy 23lb.

The great weather continues and the latest round of the summer league was fished on the 2 carp lakes at Horwood , in hot conditions. Neilsen Jeffery has caught a great net from peg 5 ,mostly on the pole on paste over hemp , John Lisle  ,on the next peg, also used paste for his second placed bag. Third placed John Forster was also on the favoured early pegs on the first lake. On the top lake, travelling partners Paul Ware  and Paul Elworthy fought a close match for 4th and 5th, separated by a mere pound after 6 hours.

Adam Wheeler Wins Three Match Junior Series – Bideford Angling Club

Congratulations go to Bideford angling Club for organising a series of Junior Angling Matches on their home water Tarka Swims. The future of angling rests with these young people who will hopefully embrace a pastime that will bring a lifetime of enjoyment. Many thanks to Martin Turner for the report.

Results @ Junior match/coaching session No.3

1st Ruari Hewitt 8lb 2oz

2nd Will Richards 6lb 6oz

3rd Brooke Copp 3lb 9oz

4th Adam Wheeler 2lb 14oz

Ruari has fished with maggots on peg P for a nice bag of bream. Will, on the next peg, fished with a ledgered pellet and caught a lovely mirror carp for second place. Brooke fished with a feeder and landed a fine bream for third on peg R. 11 different young anglers have fished the, closely contested, 3 match series and Adam Wheeler has come out winner of the Junior Cup,with a points total of 30 ,in 2nd spot Tyler Scott on 29, 3rd Brooke Copp on 28, 4th Ruari Hewitt 24 5th Tomas Scott 22. Thank you all ,helpers and fishers, and Summerlands Tackle for your support.

Final Midweek Comp Tarka Swims & Junior Event

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Summer is passing by all too quickly  and Bideford’s Evening League coming to an end is an indication of this. I have enjoyed receiving weekly updates from Martin Turner on this and must thank him for all the reports and images. Its also good to see the Junior events being well supported.

1st Ian Owen 28lb 1oz

2nd Martin Turner  17lb 14oz

3rd Cavan Patterson 13lb 15oz

4th joint Ron Rhoads  Colin Gorman 10lb 1oz

6th Martin Hawker 8lb 8oz

18 fished. Another warm summer evening was enjoyed by our members.Ian landed 3 large carp on the pole on float fished caster on peg U for top weight on the night and in the series, Ian finished the league in joint 4th place. Martin’s second place was secured with 2 carp and some skimmers on peg Q , this ensured that he retained the overall league title with 85 points, Cavan landed a single carp of 13lb 15oz on peg I for 3rd spot.

The final league positions are :

Martin Turner 85pts

Stephen Craker 79pts

Peter Slade 70pts

Keith Copland & Ian Owen 64pts

  Junior competition /teach in event.

1st Adam Wheeler 7lb 10oz

2nd Tom Scott 5lb 2 1/2oz

3rd Tyler Scott 4lb 12oz

4th Will 1lb 2oz 5th Maya 1lb

6th Brooke 7th Grace .

The decision to use the deeper pegs ,for our second Junior event, proved right, as some nice bags of fish were landed by our enthusiastic younger members.Adam was top weight with a lovely net of skimmer bream caught on the pole on red maggots of peg P. Second ,on the next peg Q, was younger of the Scott brothers ,Tom with a similar bag taken on a 4mtr. whip. In 3rd place on peg N was Tyler with another bream net taken on the long pole, Back up weights were roach and perch Brooke, unluckily, lost a winning carp after a 10 min battle on a whip.The 3 hour event was fished in blazing sunny conditions.The current league table ,with , one match remaining is a dead heat for 1st spot, on 21 points, between Adam  Tom ,and Tyler. Many thanks to all the helpers and to Summerlands Tackle for their generous help with prizes.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.7 Highampton Fishery Results

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1st Nathan Underwood 67lb 6oz

2nd  Martin Turner 53lb 1oz

3rd John Lisle 47lb 1oz

4th Neilsen Jeffery 45lb 2oz

5th John Forster 43lb 8oz

6th Stephen Craker 38lb 8oz

7th Ken Cocks 37lb 14oz

Another scorching weekend lead to a close match , Nathan lead from the start catching steady on BOG paste on the pole from peg 8 beside the stanchions in the deeper water. Martin managed 2nd, fishing the pellet waggler up to the island on peg 11 . John lost several fish but landed 11 in the reeds on peg 13 for 3rd , all on paste on the pole. Neilsen Jeffery drew outside the chalet on peg 4 and had some big fish in the shallow margins on hard pellets for 4th spot.

Mill Park – Stunning nets of silver from tranquil waters

I caught my first coarse fish from Mill Park Pond near Berrynarbor whilst in my early teens a tiny perch with bristling spiky fins and bold stripes. It took a worm suspended beneath an orange tipped quill float in a scene that could have been lifted direct from the pages of Crabtree that evocative book that inspired many young anglers in that age long before computer games and mobile phones. I spent many hours fishing at Mill Pond as a youngster fascinated by the mysterious quality of its tree shaded waters.

Roach, perch, bream and eels were our target as young anglers and it was generally simplistic fishing with float fished maggot or worms. As we grew older we sometimes tried for the carp that glided through the water on sunny days appearing almost blue as the shafts of sunlight penetrated the water. I caught my first carp from water on float-fished sweetcorn in 1981 a fish that took close to an hour to bring to the net on just 3lb b.s line. In the early eighties I went on to catch several carp from the lake to almost twenty pounds. The pond also produced several big perch during those years the biggest I heard of was found washed up dead and weighed 4lb 10oz a fish that was at the time very close to the British Record.

Whilst I always had affection for Mill Park or Mill Pond as we knew it then my visits dwindled as my fishing focus changed and the pond of my youth fell into decline with silting issues and dwindling stocks of fish. In recent seasons I was pleased to hear of good catches of roach, skimmer bream and carp.

I was recently delighted to receive an invitation to visit the lake once again and seized the opportunity to revisit my early memories of fishing. Knowing that the lake held good numbers of silver fish I decided to invite three match angling friends to fish the pond on a summers evening. I would tag along with my camera and attempt to capture some of the ponds magic. They would undoubtedly be far more able to show of the fantastic fishing available than myself.

I am always wary of revisiting childhood abodes as time and maturity can sometimes shatter those treasured memories. Fortunately Mill Park has retained its charm and many of the features from my youth remained unchanged whilst the addition of a few water lilies, sympathetic bank work and de-silting has if anything enhanced the water.

Martin Turner, Neilsen Jeffrey and John Forster are all keen match anglers and all enjoy regular success on the local circuit. On this summer evening in early July I joined them in the swims I had fished all those years ago. Sunlight streamed through the trees into the greenish opaque waters. Carp basked on the surface in the warm sunshine. The quaking of ducks echoed across the water. It was as if time had stood still for over forty years.

Martin and Neilsen had elected to fish side by side, Neilsen using feeder fishing tactics whilst Martin pole fishing with tares feeding hempseed. I was absorbed immediately watching the quiver tip as it shook and pulled round and the float as it sat optimistically before darting beneath the surface.

It was fascinating to watch these masters of their craft at work as they constantly made tiny adjustments to their set ups as the fickle fish appeared to constantly change in their willingness to take the bait. It was Martin whose tactics appeared to win over on this evening with quality roach responding to constant feeding with just a few grains of hemp every cast. At times the water seemed to shimmer silver sided roach fed in frenzy beneath the calm surface. Steady feeding seemed to be the key to consistent success with a few grains of hemp fed each cast with Martin getting into steady rhythm of feed, hook fish, unhook, feed and repeat.

Martin Turner with 1lb plus roach

Martin handed me the pole for five minutes and I swung a couple of roach to hand experiencing the sensation of pole elastic and a lack of running line.

A few yards along the bank John Forster was using pole tactics to winkle out roach from beside a lily pad. He also made brief contact with a carp that smashed the light tackle as it surged for freedom.

After close to three hours fishing it was time to check the total catch and take a couple of pictures. The owners had allowed us to use keep-nets for this friendly evening demonstration of fishing tactics. Martin, Neilsen and John caught well over thirty pounds, all four of us then retired to Mill Parks on site bar for a lengthy discussion on fishing over a well earned cool pint.

Mill Parks campsite is set in a stunning valley with modern well-maintained facilities. The lake is stocked with carp, roach, bream and chub. As a site for summer camping with excellent fishing it comes highly recommended. It is especially suited for young anglers who should be able to catch their first fish with ease and delight in the excitement of that unique contact with nature that can lead to a lifetime of joy.

Out of season Mill Park offers superb roach fishing with regular matches staged with some stunning nets of silver fish winning matches.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition Result

Tarka Swims

1st Martin Turner 43lb 2oz

2nd John Lisle 13lb 8oz

3rd Steve Bailey 11lb 8oz

4th Ian Sedgewick 10lb 15oz

4th Keith Copland 8lb 1oz

5th Ian Owen 6lb 11oz

12 fished . Another weekend of scorching temperatures saw some good sport , Martin Turner landed 17lb of bream and 4 carp for a winning total on favoured peg I , he caught on pellet waggler and long pole shallow with maggot. John had a good bream and a carp on peg Q for second , club secretary Steve landed a nice net of small bream and one carp off peg S for third , fourth spot was filled by Ian who lost several carp but landed 2 on bread from peg X. Keith’s all bream net won the silvers pot.The halftime icecreams from Reg Sutton were most welcome ! Due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the evening match on Wednesday will be postponed and re fished on the evening of the 1st August.


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Looks like North Devon Tackle Club and a great weekend at Bake Lakes. Many thanks to Barry Lee for sending this excellent summary. The images are great and give a good idea of what a fun weekend it was!

What a great weekend, maybe not so much on the fishing front, but the company, banter & beer made up for that!!!

It was good to see some of the anglers that normally struggle to catch a few, Mick Seward weighing in 70lb+ over the two days and in particular Terry Ramsden who went on to win his 2nd ever fishing match yesterday with 77-14…. well done chaps!

A big “thank you” to Andy Seery for supplying us all with prizes…. in fact this years top 2 were using So Simple pellets & groundbait.
If you ever want any So Simple products, take a look at Andy’s facebook page or send him a message.

So Simple Bait Company “Home of the Gonut”

Team results:

1st – 28 points
Kevin Wilton
Baz ‘no longer the 4th’  Barry Lee
Mick Seward

2nd – 45 points
Norman Martin

Terry Ramsdan
Mark Seward

3rd – 54 points
Simon Poynter
Andrew Haynes
Peter Seward

4th – 56 points Dean Vickery
Andy Grattan
Kev Grant

5th & wooden spoon – 57 points
Gord Maeers
Dion Martin

Individual Overall

1st Barry Lee 144-1
2nd  Gord Maeers 135-2
3rd Norman Martin 101-10
4th Terry Ramsden 85-6
5th Simon Poynter 81-2
6th Mick Seward 70-15
7th  Kev Grant 64-6
8th Kevin Wilton 61-1
9th  Dean Vickery 45-15
10th  Andrew Haynes 40-8
11th Mark Seward 33-8
12th Dion Martin 29-0
13th Andy Gratton 26-1
14th Peter Seward 22-10
15th & Boobie Prize Jim 16-2

Best Match Weight
Gord Maeers 81-8

Biggest Fish
Kevin Wilton 12-15 (Ghost Carp)

Best Silvers Weight

Simon Poynter 10-5 of lovingly caught pairs of eye’s, only to be beaten by Peter Seward with 10-6 of mistakenly caught skimmers!!!! (i’m not bitter!!!!!)🤣

Biggest Hangover

Dion Martin

Best Battle Scar
Peter Seward

Best Joe Pasquale Impersonator
Also winning Best Belly Slide, Most Drunk, Most Helium Consumed, Best Elvis, Most Shots Purchased….. and many more!!! 😂
Norman Martin