Midweek Win for Martin on Tarka

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Mid week evening match results @ Tarka Swims

1st Martin Turner 9lb 10oz

2nd Pete Slade 9lb 2oz

3rd Richard Jefferies 6lb 11oz

4th Ian Owen 4lb 5th Keith Copland 3lb 12oz

Junior winner Tyler Scott 1lb14oz 17 fished on a pleasant warm evening Martin Turner caught shallow in the pole on peg P , his bonus bream gave him top spot over ,in form Pete who fished pole and soft pellets from peg H . Richard Jefferies landed a carp on bread and meat on peg L for 3rd spot , Ian Owen fished the pole on peg N for 4th on the night.

North Devon Match Group Latest

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Results North Devon Match Group Championship No.6 Oaktree Fishery

1st Paul Morris 77lb 15oz

2nd Stuart Shelley Burridge  61lb 13oz

3rd Keith Copland 59lb 9oz

4th John Lacy 46lb 8oz

5th Kevin Shears   40lb 7oz

6th Pete Slade 37lb 6oz

16 anglers fished this event held in damp windy conditions, both lakes were used and the top 4 weights all came from the top pond , In form Paul Morris fished the long pole shallow with 8mm pellets and 6mm down the edge on peg 9 for clear victory, Stuart Shelley Burridge landed a good net of carp on the next peg using method feeder and pole in the margins for 2nd spot .Keith Copland came in third with a similar catch from middle of the dam on peg 2, Johns catch was enough 4th , a paste catch of skimmers and carp.Top weight on the bottom pond and 5th overall was Kevin’s catch on soft pellet, Pete’s net fell to dobbed bread.

Stafford Moor Fund Raising Match

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Forty two anglers descended upon Stafford Moor Fishery to take part in a fund raising match organised by North Devon match angler Neilsen Jeffery.

I was privileged to have been invited to take part once again as the event is run every other year and has raised thousands of pounds for good local causes.

The match was fished over three of the complex’s lakes; Oaktree, Tanners and Woodpecker.

The draw was from 8.00am and there was plenty of friendly banter and greetings from the start as competitors arrived. Today was a mixture of dedicated match anglers, carp anglers and pleasure anglers. Match fishing is not my normal forte but I always enjoy trying and there is a great amount to be learnt from anglings different branches.

The competition is a pairs match drawn out the previous weekend at Summerlands Tackle where anglers congregated to discuss pre match tactics and swap angling tales of which there are always plenty!

The draw is of course a vital part of the match angler’s day as this will to some extent determine the winners and losers.

My partner on the day was Dave Downton a regular visitor to Stafford Moor and considered a local expert. We drew pegs 5 and 6 on Oak lake and Dave kindly put me on the better peg.

I am always amazed at the amount of gear match anglers carry with vast arrays of poles, rods, nets and angling paraphernalia. I felt very under gunned with my rucksack, pair of rods and canvas chair!

There was plenty of time before the match started to tackle up and prepare and even a bit of time to chat and compare notes as this was as much a social occasion as a match.

At 10:30 however it was down to business as the water was peppered with free offerings and a range of hook baits and tackles. My own tactics were to use a straight running lead with pellet on the hook feeding steadily catapulting half a dozen pellets at regular intervals. To my surprise the rod tip lurched around after only two minutes!

The day was punctuated  by hot sunshine and heavy rain showers. As the match progressed my rod tip was pulled round on a regular basis and I was to end up with 18 carp for 58lb 15oz, I also had five come off which was a little frustrating but all part of the game. I am sure that individual dramas unfolded all around the lake with lost fish, broken poles and other misfortunes!

As is so often the case the five hour match flashed past in no time and when the whistle blew it seemed hard to believe that the days fishing was done.

I followed the weighing party around all three lakes taking a picture of each smiling competitor with their nets of fish.

What a fantastic venue Stafford Moor has matured into with easy access around the lakes, walkways all surfaced with chippings. There is a fine mix of fishing available for match anglers, pleasure anglers and specimen carp anglers.

The Results :-
1st– Kevin Shears – 76lb of carp, 10lb of silvers total – 86lb
         Ian Brookes – 65lb 10oz  of carp, 8lb 10oz silvers total  – 74lb 4oz
Combined total – 160lb 4oz
2nd– Dean Willoughby – 57lb 7oz of carp ,  15oz silver Total 58lb 6oz
         Mark Taylor – 83lb 12oz ,  12oz silvers total – 84lb 8oz
Combined total – 142lb 14oz
3rd– Dave Willoughby – 57lb 4oz carp, Total –  57lb 4oz
       Steve Ford – 72lb 15oz carp, 1lb 2oz silvers Total – 74lb 1oz
Combined total – 131lb 5oz.
Individuals –
Tanners 1st– Kevin Shears – 86lb
              2nd– Mark Taylor – 84lb 8oz
Oaktree  1st– Steve Ford – 74lb 1oz
                            2nd– Wayne Thomas – 58lb 15oz
Woodpecker 1st– Tom Downing – 102lb
                            2nd– Rich Harman – 64lb 4oz
Silver Fish winner – Craig Lamey – 13lb 12oz

Neilsen Jeffery thanks all the competitors for taking part and gives special thanks to Joanne and Paul Coombes for hosting the event and making everyone welcome. Thanks also to Martin Cox Angling, Drennan Tackle and Summerlands Tackle and Jo and Paul Coombes who all donated prizes.

The event raised a total of £2,159 for a defibrillator to be installed at Stafford Moor and a contribution the Appledore Lifeboat.

The total weight of fish caught was 1682lb 10oz and the nearest guess to this was made by Sian Gillespie who guessed 1683lb and wins £25.

Stafford Moor Over 50″s Festival

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Many thanks for the report from Jo at Stafford Moor complete with emojis and humour.

Wow what a week it has been ! It’s been such a funny week with you all the geriatrics club ! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 had guys loosing things , don’t know what lake they were on the day before 🤪 lost envelopes 🤪 leave the shop then pop back as they forgot what peg they r on 🤪 it’s been like this all week but so funny thank you for making it such fun, now down to the nitty gritty 👍 A huge thank you to Vic Bush (MOSSELLA) UK for sponsoring our festivals and giving out such fantastic prizes so appreciated Vic 💕👍

Our worthy winner who has scored a hat trick wow what can we say you Andy Dare you r a legend what an angler and such a fab bloke you won with just 5 points and a total weight of 359lb 14oz well done Andy !

In second place with a total score of 5 points and total weight of 287lb 14oz is Alec Bishop well done Alec 👍

In third place with also just 5 points and a total weight of 260lb 8oz was Dave Kent well done Dave 👍

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse section Monthly competition @ Tarka Swims

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1st Keith Copland 11lb 0oz

2nd Martin Turner 8lb 10oz

3rd Richard Jefferies 8lb 1oz

4th Pete Slade 7lb 3oz

5th Bernie Blight 6lb 2 oz .

Junior winner Tyler Scott 3lb 7oz 15 fished ,

Conditions proved to be quite challenging at times . Monsoon like thundery downpours interspersed with bright hot sunshine. The match proved close with Keith Copland on peg Q coming out on top a nice carp and some skimmers all taken on the feeder.  Martin Turner on peg N fished a small cage feeder and the pole with maggot for 2nd spot. 3rd place went to Richard Jefferies with a pole caught carp on peg U  In form, Pete had a nice net of rudd and roach on peg D for 4th.

Tyler Scott
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North Devon Match Group – Melbury

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North Devon Match Group Summer League No.3 @ Melbury Reservoir

1st  Paul Elworthy 50lb 12oz

2nd  Stuart Shelley Burridge 22lb 2oz

3rd Kevin Shears  21lb 2oz

4th Colin Cherrington 20lb 6oz

5th Pete Slade 20lb 5oz

6th Mark Richards 18lb 5oz

14 anglers took part in the event ,,conditions were mild and wet, good nets of both skimmer bream and quality roach featured from all around the lake. Veteran Paul Elworthy took full advantage of a reasonable draw to completely dominate the match with a faultless display of feeder fishing from peg 1 , 2nd spot was more closely fought , Pauls travelling partner Stuart Shelley  took it with another feeder catch from peg 10 by the hole in the wall. Kevin came in third next peg to the winner also with a feeder catch. .Colin’s 4th place is worthy of a mention from peg 9 ,not normally in the draw bag, and his 1st visit to the venue .

North Devon Match Group versus Bude Canal Angling Club @ Killock Fishery Results

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May 26th  results : North Devon Match Group versus Bude Canal Angling Club @ Killock Fishery


1st Simon John Allen  Bude 60lb 12oz

2nd Ian Gray  Bude 38lb 2oz

3rd Colin Cherrington  NDMG 36lb 14oz

4th Neilsen Jeffery NDMG 33lb 14oz

5th Steve Whitehouse Bude 29lb 1oz

6th Kevin Hill 21lb 7oz ,

The first leg of our annual interclub was contested on 2 of the lakes at Killock Farm. A hearty breakfast was served in the Atlantic Highway Cafe, before the two teams of 12 braved the 5 hours of misty rain .Bude team captain Simon John Allen led his team to a well fought victory, 157 points to 143 . Simon took the individual honours with a great catch on the pole on the bottom pool. Ian also of Bude, took best weight on the top lake and second in the match on the method feeder. Top weight for North Devon and third in the match was Colin with a pole caught net on peg 16 ,on meat. The cafe also served up a fine after match spread , a good day was had by all ,we look forward to our return match on the canal.

Stafford Moor May Festival

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Friday 17th May was the final of our May Festival 2019, what a fabulous week it had been. The weights were great all week and all the competitors said what a great week they had at the Moor. The weather was kind all week except  for Friday when there was some rain but not enough to dampen spirits.  The  festival ran from Monday 13th  until Friday 17th May.

The worthy winner was Gareth Lennox (Stafford Moor) who won with just 5 points and a total weight of 435lb 3oz.
Gareth had 2 points on Monday , 1 point on Tuesday, 1 point on Wednesday, 2 points on Thursday and 1 point on Friday so with his dropper of 2 points Gareth ending up scoring just 5 points. Gareth mainly fished worms over pellet all week.

In second place with a total weight of 429lb 2oz with 6 points was Damien Green

In third place with a total weight of 415lb 11oz with 6 points is Chris Cameron ( bait tech / middy)

North Devon Match Group Championship No.5 @ Killock Lakes

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1st  Neilsen Jeffery 64lb 5oz

2nd Colin Cherrington 49lb 11oz

3rd Pete Slade 40lb 9oz

4th Paul Elworthy 38lb 0oz

5th Kevin Shears 34lb 0oz

6th Stephen Craker 25lb 2oz

17 anglers took part in this event, held in hot still conditions Neilsen Jeffery has extended his lead in the championship with another fine performance on the pole from peg 17, he netted 15 carp on corn for clear victory ,Colin Cherrington’s first visit to the venue was rewarded with a 12 fish catch from the margins of peg 4 for 2nd spot. 3rd place went to in form Pete Slade with another pole caught carp net.

Next week the North Devon Match Group Fish the first leg of their annual inter-club match against Bude Canal Anglers on the same venue.