Tamar Christmas Match Winner

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Congratulations to Tubertini & Bait-Tech recent signing Norman Martin.

Norman fished the Tamar Christmas Match yesterday, managing to beat the 41 strong field & even stronger weather conditions to win the match overall.

Norman fished his relatively sheltered peg on the whip, putting 250+ small roach & perch in the net for a 25lb 12oz total, whilst others on the 82 acre venue struggled with the conditions.

This finishes off a great season at Tamar for Norm, where he has a couple of match wins, Summer League runner up (on weight count back), Preston Pairs Festival 3rd place under his belt.

North Devon Tackle Christmas Match

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Christmas Match yesterday at Wooda Lakes in horrible wet and windy conditions. The match was spread over two lakes, lakes 3 and 4. The winner on lake 3 was Simon Poynter  with 73lb 2oz and runner up was Kevin Wilton with 61lb 2oz. The winner on lake 4 was Barry Lee with 61lb 12oz and runner up was Dean Vickery with 58lb 6oz. Overall winner on the day was Simon Poynter.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No 3 @ Oaktree Fishery Results

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No 3 @ Oaktree Fishery Results

1st Kevin Shears 41lb 8oz

2nd Tom Downing 38lb 5oz

3rd  John Forster  25lb 11oz

4th Ken Cocks    25lb 8oz

5th Martin Turner 24lb 14oz

6th  Stuartshelley Burridge 20lb 4oz

The 20 anglers that attended this event were pegged on both top and bottom ponds . The fishing proved tricky in the wet blustery conditions, Kevin has once again come out on top with a 7 fish catch, from an un-fancied peg on the top pond dam ,to pole and corn . Tom Downing has drawn on the bottom on peg 19 and landed a similar catch on feeder and pole for 2nd. John Forster fished the feeder on peg 7 casting to the island for 3rd. 4th spot was Ken Cocks also on the top pond on peg 7.

Winter League Chills but still ton up bags!

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The third match of the Winter Teams league at Stafford Moor was a cold one yet Mark Cullerton still managed a stunning bag of carp totalling 141lb 11oz.

Team Baittech won the event with 6 points and a total weight of 326lb 2oz.

Nick Jones, Mark Cullerton, Tom Downing and Ben Evenden

Joanne Combes thanks all who fished the Match with the  next winter league match on December 9th.

The fisheries Christmas match is on on Sunday 23rd December including some complementary nibbles.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.11 @ Stafford Moor.

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North Devon Match Group Championship No.11 @ Stafford Moor.


1st Kevin Shears 54lb 13oz

2nd Dave Downton 48lb 3oz

3rd Paul Morris 44lb 9oz

4th Martin Turner 41lb 11oz

5th Peter Slade 41lb 7oz

6th John Forster 41lb 3oz

7th Simon John Allen 40lb 6oz

8th John Bailey 33lb 8oz

31 anglers fished. Cold bright frosty conditions did not deter the venues carp from feeding in, what turned out to be a closely fought contest.The match was one of the best attended that we have organised . Kevin Shears won the event from unfancied peg 19 on Oak lake with an 18 fish net taken on the bomb and bread.Venue regular Dave landed 9 larger fish on the method feeder and maggot from peg 14 on Woodies for 2nd. Paul Morris took 3rd spot from peg 16 on Oak with feeder and pole tactics . Martin Turner also on Oak, peg 11 ,managed to secure 4th place with a 16 fish pole and maggot caught net.

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.